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The Colgate University Academic Honor Code

The Academic Honor Code

At Colgate University, we believe honesty and integrity are fundamental in a community dedicated to learning, personal development, and a search for understanding. We revere these values and hold them essential in promoting personal responsibility, moral and intellectual leadership, and pride in ourselves and our university. As Colgate students, we will represent ourselves truthfully, claim only work that is our own, and engage honestly in all academic assignments. Since articulated standards and expectations can influence attitudes, and because each of us shares the responsibility for maintaining academic integrity, we are committed to upholding the Academic Honor Code.

Academic Honor Pledge

As a member of the Colgate community, I pledge to live by and to support the letter and spirit of Colgate's Academic Honor Code. 1

Reporting Procedures

Members of the Colgate community who misrepresent themselves or their work through cheating, fabrication, facilitation, or plagiarism, or who suspect another of such misrepresentation are expected to follow the Reporting Procedures outlined. Consistent with the basic expectations of the Academic Honor Code, students who believe they may have violated Colgate's standards of academic integrity are expected to acknowledge their concerns to the instructor in the class or to their academic or administrative adviser.

A student who observes what may be academically dishonest behavior on the part of another student is expected to share that concern with the other student in a timely fashion. If the observer and the other student determine that no violation of the Academic Honor Code has occurred, no further action is required. However, if either student believes that an Academic Honor Code violation may have occurred, the student observed is expected to self-report the incident immediately to the instructor in the class or to his or her academic or administrative adviser. Self-reporting does not constitute an admission of guilt but is an essential step, necessary to prevent misunderstanding and apprehensions. Within three class days, the observer will also contact the associate dean for administrative advising to ensure that the self-report has indeed taken place.

The instructor will review the elements of the complaint, and if the instructor believes that the Academic Honor Code has been violated, he or she will contact the associate dean for conduct, who will convene a University Student Conduct Board hearing as outlined in the Student Handbook.

1 All incoming students are required to sign the pledge. Returning students are required to abide by the Academic Honor Code.