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The Honor Code

The Honor Code

The Texas State University Policy and Procedure Statement UPPS No. 07.10.01, Honor Code, for academic integrity establishes the following:

  • Instructor responsibilities
  • Student responsibilities
  • Procedures for cases of academic misconduct (including rules about hearings and appeals)

The university expects both faculty and students to respect and follow the Honor Code.  For students, this means that all academic work will be done by the individual to whom it's assigned, without unauthorized aid of any kind.

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the policy on academic misconduct.  Students are strongly encouraged to communicate with their respective instructors if there is a question of whether or not a study practice, activity or any other student behavior falls under the umbrella of academic misconduct.  Do not put yourself in an untenable position because of your failure to receive approval from your respective instructors regarding student academic activity.

Violating the Honor Code

According to UPPS No. 07.10.01, Honor Code, the following is important information concerning definitions relating to academic dishonesty.

"Violation of the Honor Code" includes, but is not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work, plagiarism, collusion and the abuse of resource materials.

"Cheating" in general, but is not limited to, means engaging or attempting to engage in any of the following activities:

1) Copying from another student's test paper, laboratory report, other report, computer files, data listings, programs, or from any electronic device or equipment.

2) Using during a test, printed, audio or electronic materials not authorized by the person giving the test.

3) Collaborating, without authorization, with another person during an examination or in preparing academic work.

4) Knowingly, and without authorization, using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, soliciting, copying or possessing, in whole or in part, the contents of an un-administered test, or other academic products (i.e., study guides, etc.)

5) Substituting for another student or permitting another person to substitute for oneself in taking an examination or preparing academic work.

6) Bribing or coercing another person to obtain an administered test or obtain information about an un-administered test or other academic products.

7) Purchasing or otherwise acquiring and submitting as one's own work, any research paper or other assignment prepared by another individual or by a firm.  This section does not apply to the word processing of the rough or final versions of an assignment by a professional service.

8) Submitting the same essay, thesis, report, or another project, without substantial revision or expansion of the work, in an attempt to obtain credit for work submitted in another course.

9) Falsifying data.

"Plagiarism" in general, but not limited to, means the appropriation of another's work and the inadequately or inappropriately acknowledged incorporation of that work in one's own written, oral, visual or the performance of an original act or routine that is offered for credit.

"Collusion" in general, but not limited to, means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing any work offered for credit.

"Abuse of resource materials" in general, but not limited to, means the mutilation, destruction, concealment, theft or alteration of materials provided to assist students in the mastery of course content.

*Please note that not all activities that constitute academic misconduct are listed in specific detail in UPPS No. 07.10.10, Honor Code.  It is expected that students will honor the spirit of academic integrity and will not place themselves in the position of being charged with academic misconduct.

The Texas State University Academic Integrity Initiative would like to acknowledge the technical assistance and advice of Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant, academic integrity coordinator for the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Much of the formatting of this web site was provided with permission from the UCSD Academic Integrity Office.