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11.24 Honor Code and Academic Honesty Policy

Approved by the Faculty in 1958; Revised and approved by Academic Council November 7, 2013; revised April 16, 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 she or he has a reasonable and good faith belief and  substantial evidence that a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy has occurred.

Conduct in conflict with the Academic Honesty Policy 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    for    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. Academic Honesty Jurisdiction & Sanctioning
Tiger Lore lists the range of consequences for Academic Honesty policy violations.

1.4.1.  Jurisdiction  for  Honor  Code  violations  includes   behavior engaged  in  while  student  is  attending  any  study  abroad program in which the student will receive credit  towards a degree awarded by University of the Pacific.

1.4.2.  Instructors may impose academic sanctions (e.g.,   failing grade for the exam or course) in addition to those  sanctions listed herein.  Refer to the course syllabus for details.

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 faculty for the course in which the violation occurred and be withdrawn  from  all other courses.

1.4.4.  A  notation  of  the  sanction  imposed  will  appear  on  the student's transcript.

Changes in this policy will originate with the Department of Judicial Affairs and will be then forwarded to the Academic Council for vetting and approval.