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11.24 Honor Code


Approved by the Faculty in 1958; Revised and approved by Academic Council November 7, 2013; revised April 16, 2014; revised September 11, 2014


The Honor Code at the University of the Pacific calls upon each student to exhibit a high degree of maturity, responsibility, and personal integrity. Students are expected to:

  • Act honestly in all matters;
  • Actively encourage academic integrity;
  • Discourage any form of cheating or dishonesty by others;
  • Inform the instructor and appropriate university administrator if the student has a reasonable and good faith belief and substantial evidence that a violation of the Honor Code has occurred.

Conduct in conflict with the Honor Code includes, but is not limited to:

1.1. Cheating
Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized or dishonest advantage to/from another. Cheating may be accomplished by any means whatsoever, including, but not limited to, the following: fraud, duress, deception, theft, talking, signs, and gestures. Attempted cheating is also considered cheating. Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.1.1. Copying graded assignments from another student or giving one's work to be copied or used by another student for credit.

1.1.2. Working together on a take-home assignment when not specifically permitted by the instructor.

1.1.3. Looking at another student's paper during an examination or allowing a student to look at one's paper or giving answers to another during an examination.

1.1.4. Looking at text or notes during an examination when not specifically permitted by the instructor.

1.1.5. Doing homework, taking an exam, writing a paper, or doing any other coursework for another student when not specifically permitted by the instructor.

1.1.6. Using any technological/communication tool not  authorized by the instructor during an exam.

1.2. Plagiarism
Plagiarism involves presenting as one's own, the work, or the opinions of  someone  else  without  proper  acknowledgement. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

1.2.1. Failing to give credit for ideas, statements of facts, or conclusions derived by another author; failure to use quotation  marks when quoting directly from another, whether it is a paragraph, a sentence, or part thereof; failure to properly cite the work of another person.

1.2.2. Submitting an assignment purchased or obtained from a "research" or term paper service.

1.2.3. Submitting an assignment, whole or in part, obtained from an internet resource.

1.2.4. Giving a speech or oral presentation written by another and claiming it as one's own work.

1.3. Other Academic Dishonesty
Other forms of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

1.3.1. Planning with one or more students to commit any  form of academic dishonesty.

1.3.2. Having another student take one's examination or do one's computer data or lab experiment.

1.3.3. Lying to an instructor or providing any misrepresentation of information, in order to receive any  academic advantage or accommodation.

1.3.4. Submitting papers or speeches or credit that are substantially the same in two or more classes without prior written approval of the instructors involved.

1.3.5. Removing tests from the classroom without approval of the instructor, or misappropriating any portion of a test, either physically or electronically.

1.3.6. Altering answers on a scored test or any graded work and submitting it for a higher grade without explicitly articulating the alterations made.

1.4. Honor Code Jurisdiction & Sanctioning

1.4.1.  The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards has jurisdiction over Honor Code violations committed by all Pacific undergraduate students, including Pacific students attending study abroad programs. Instructors should refer all suspected Honor Code violations to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for adjudication and sanctioning.

1.4.2.  Instructors may impose academic sanctions (e.g., failing grade for the exam or course) in addition to those sanctions imposed by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and outlined in Tiger Lore Student Handbook. Instructors must state the sanctions they will use in the course syllabus.

1.4.3.  A  student found responsible for a violation of the Honor Code resulting in suspension or dismissal from the University will receive a grade determined by the instructor of the course in which the violation occurred and be withdrawn from all other courses.

1.4.4.  A sanction of suspension or dismissal will appear on the student's transcript. 

Changes in this policy will originate with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and will be then forwarded to the Academic Council for vetting and approval.