Honor Code

Honor Code Quiz

Even before the Honor Code was formally established around 1907, students at Southwestern had long held each other to high standards. Unofficial honor codes were formed and maintained independently by many groups of students in literary societies and honor fraternities dating back as early as 1882.

Today, the responsibility for maintaining the Honor Code continues to rest on every student. If a student notices another student engaged in dishonorable conduct, the student is expected to bring his or her concerns to the President of the Honor Code Council, a faculty member, or the Dean of Students.

The Honor Code Council is a student/faculty body created to uphold the academic integrity of the campus community by examining instances of academic dishonesty and recommending the appropriate penalty for each situation

The Honor Code consists of an Oath and a Pledge, a verbal Oath recited once at matriculation and a shorter pledge signed on each assignment. Students not only pledge to refrain from dishonorable activities, but also vow to be vigilant in maintaining the integrity of other students in the campus community.

The Honor Oath taken during matriculation states: “As a student of Southwestern I hereby pledge my full support to the Honor Code. I pledge to be honest myself, and in order that the spirit and integrity of the Honor Code may endure, I pledge that I will make known to the Honor Code Council any case of academic dishonesty which I observe at Southwestern.”

The Honor Pledge written and signed on all assignments reads: “I have acted with honesty and integrity in producing this work and am unaware of anyone who has not.”

When doing work outside of class, students should continue to maintain a high regard for upholding the Honor Code and taking responsibility for their actions. Any assignment turned in, regardless of the assignment’s weight in the course, should be the student’s original work.

Students are encouraged to discuss academic subjects outside of the classroom, but collaboration on assignments and papers should only occur if the instructor has specifically approved group work.

If a student desires help with an individual assignment, the Debby Ellis Writing Center is staffed by trained students who can provide aid with planning, organization, grammar, and style without breaking the Honor Code. At the end of the assignment, students should note that they visited the Writing Center.

When writing term papers or doing research for a project, proper citations should accompany any material taken from other sources. Neglecting to cite sources is an act of plagiarism and a violation of the Honor Code. When using direct quotes or paraphrasing the ideas of another author, citations should accompany the assignment to give credit where it is due.

Formats for citing sources vary between departments and are often overseen by independent organizations dedicated to a specific academic field. Some citation systems like those maintained by the MLA, APA, and University of Chicago are used by multiple disciplines. Students should ask the professor what citation system will be used on an assignment.

On the following pages are situations regarding the Honor Code. Please read each question carefully before responding.

Question 1 of 3

Which of the following is allowed under the Honor Code?

Helping your roommate with his or her midterm paper by proofreading and rewriting a couple paragraphs
Working on a project with a friend who has the same class but with a different professor, and then turning the project in with only your name on it
Answering short response problems for homework with two classmates without asking for the professor’s permission
Studying class notes and the textbook with two classmates while preparing for the final exam without asking for the professor’s permission