Suggested Syllabus Wording for Honor Code
Examples (Required by AAPPS 4.01)
Listed below are three examples of suggested wording for Honor Code and related penalties for violations to be included in syllabi.
- All faculty, staff and students are responsible for supporting the principles of conscientiousness, respectfulness and honesty and demonstrating a commitment to the university’s Academic Honor Code. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty undermine the very purpose of the university and diminish the value of an education. Specific expectations for academic integrity and sanctions for academic dishonesty are outlined on the Honor Code Council website: http://www.txstate.edu/honorcodecouncil/, and in UPPS No. 07.10.01. http://www.txstate.edu/effective/upps/upps-07-10-01.html.
- As members of a community dedicated to learning, inquiry and creation, the students, faculty and administration of our university live by the principles in this Honor Code. These principles require all members of this community to be conscientious, respectful and honest.
WE ARE CONSCIENTIOUS. We complete our work on time and make every effort to do it right. We come to class and meetings prepared and are willing to demonstrate it. We hold ourselves to doing what is required, embrace rigor and shun mediocrity, special requests and excuses.
WE ARE RESPECTFUL. We act civilly toward one another and we cooperate with each other. We will strive to create an environment in which people respect and listen to one another, speaking when appropriate, and permitting other people to participate and express their views.
WE ARE HONEST. We do our own work and are honest with one another in all matters. We understand how various acts of dishonesty, like plagiarizing, falsifying data and giving or receiving assistance to which one is not entitled, conflict as much with academic achievement as with the values of honesty and integrity.
The pledge for Students:
Students at our university recognize that, to ensure honest conduct, more is needed than an expectation of academic honesty, and we therefore adopt the practice of affixing the following pledge of honesty to the work we submit for evaluation: I pledge to uphold the principles of honesty and responsibility at our university.
- Honor Code: All students are required to abide by the Texas State University Honor Code. The pledge for students states:
Students at our university recognize that, to insure honest conduct, more is needed than an expectation of academic honesty, and we therefore adopt the practice of affixing the following pledge of honesty to the work we submit for evaluation: I pledge to uphold the principles of honesty and responsibility at our university.
You may choose to include the following penalties for academic honesty violations:
1. A requirement to perform additional academic work not required of other students in the course;
2. a reduction in grade in the course to any level; and
3. a reduction in grade on an examination, or on other academic work affected by the violation of the Honor Code.
The complete University Honor Code may be found at:
Specific examples of dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:
• Sharing/comparing answers/files for homework assignments, projects, etc. is considered academic dishonesty. Working together or tutoring (explaining to another student how to get the answer) is not dishonesty; however, telling another student the answer is dishonesty.
• Having your cell phone or other recording device out during exams or while reviewing exams is considered academic dishonesty.
• Turning in a project or other homework as your work when you did not calculate/enter/type all of the data entries yourself is dishonesty.
• Letting another student or students turn in a project(s) or homework as their work, when you did part or all of the calculations, data entries, or information gathering is dishonesty.
• You must do all the data entries yourself; watching a friend type/enter the data and printing out two copies is dishonest. Working together is acceptable. Printing multiple copies from one file and the only difference being the name of the student is cheating.
• Copying another student’s file, making minor changes, and turning the work in as entirely your own is also cheating.
• Signing the attendance log for another student who is not in the classroom is dishonest.