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What are Honor Code Violations

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 Violations of the Honor Code

 All students are considered bound by the Honor Code upon admittance to the University. Violations of the Honor Code fall mainly within the categories of cheating, plagiarism, and lying related to any academic matter. Some examples of these categories of violations are presented below, but are by no means an exhaustive list.

1.       Cheating – the unauthorized usage of notes, books or other materials on a test, quiz, or examination; copying ideas or facts from another student’s writing, whether online or in a face-to-face class; giving or receiving any pertinent information during testing, or giving or receiving, without authorization, test questions or other related information prior to the test; submitting a paper written for another class without specific permission of the instructor; giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on a paper, project or other assignment; distributing via the internet or other means (whether or not for compensation) any instructor-provided lecture notes or other class materials without the written consent of the instructor; sharing access to online course materials, quizzes, exams, or other course materials without the written consent of the instructor.

2.      Plagiarism – the use of facts, ideas, phrases, charts, etc. from any source without giving credit for the information. In a paper, report, or similar graded submission, all un-acknowledged material is assumed to be the original work of the writer. Ideas and information from another source, whether paraphrased or a direct quotation, must be acknowledged using a standard documentation format such as MLA or APA. The downloading of papers from the Internet and submission of the material as work done by the student is one of the most blatant examples of plagiarism. Individual professors are responsible for explaining their referencing policies in each class.

3.       Presenting false information or lying – includes consciously furnishing false information to other students, faculty members, or administrators with the intent to mislead. Examples include, but are not limited to Thomas University Policy Manual 17 Volume V, Student Policies misrepresenting activity outside the classroom (reports on fieldwork, internships, etc.) or improperly seeking special consideration, or privilege (e.g., for postponement of an examination or assignment deadline, etc.).

4.          Aiding and abetting a violation of the Honor Code – includes intentionally: (a) providing information or other assistance to another person with knowledge that such aide could be used to commit any of the violations noted above; or (b) providing false information in connection with any inquiry regarding academic integrity.

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