Student Honor Code Policy

Introduction

An Honor Code establishes a fundamental social contract within which the University community agrees to live. This contract relies on the conviction that the personal and academic integrity of each individual member strengthens and improves the quality of life for the entire community. The Honor Code is vital to the Building Community Campaign, which is striving to develop a welcoming and supportive climate in which all people are respected and free to express differing ideals and opinions. A sense of mutual trust is critical to achieving such a community.

A. Purpose of the Policy

The purpose of an Honor Code at the University of Colorado at Boulder is to secure an environment where academic integrity, and the resulting behavior, can flourish. The Honor Code recognizes the importance of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility and wishes these principles to be a defining part of the CU-Boulder campus. The Honor Code allows all students to have responsibility for, and the ability to attain, appropriate recognition for their academic and personal achievements. A student-run Honor Code is necessary because research indicates that institutions with a student-run Honor Code are highly successful in alleviating indiscretions and promoting an academically honorable community. In addressing any proven student violations regarding the Honor Code, the student leadership of the Honor Code Council applies only non-academic sanctions, and the faculty applies academic sanctions.

B. Scope

  1. All students of the University of Colorado at Boulder enrolled in credit or non-credit classes are subject to the Honor Code for academic matters. This includes, but is not limited to, the main campus, Continuing Education, and Study Abroad.
  2. The existing school/college ethics committees will continue to be at the forefront of academic integrity by addressing academic integrity issues specific to their schools/colleges. The Honor Code Council and the Campus Ethics Committee will work closely with the individual schools/colleges ethics committees to promote academic integrity on a campus-wide basis.
  3. As students of a self-regulating profession, the students of the University of Colorado School of Law will maintain, administer, and implement its long-standing Honor Code, and will submit all records pertaining to violations to the Honor Code Council Office.

C. Policy

The Constitution and By-Laws of the Honor Code are available on the Honor Code website: honorcode.colorado.edu 

D. Oversight

The Campus Ethics Committee shall:

  1. make suggestions, recommendations, and ideas pertaining to the Honor Code;
  2. advise faculty and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs about academic integrity issues, including the administration of the Student Honor Code; and
  3. promote the discussion of honor and integrity at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Any changes related to the policy itself must be first approved by the Honor Code Council, the Campus Ethics Committee, the Boulder Faculty Assembly Executive Committee, and the UCSU Legislative Council. The Chancellor is the final authority for any revision of the Honor Code Policy.

E. Responsible Organization

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will be responsible for this policy.

Appendix A -- Policy Review and Approval

  • In November, 2000, this policy was approved through a campus-wide student referendum by a two-to-one margin.
  • On October 26, 2001, the faculty of the Leeds School of Business voted without dissent in favor of adopting the proposed Honor Code.
  • On November 7, 2001, the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication voted unanimously to approve the proposed Honor Code.
  • On December 5, 2001, the faculty of the School of Education voted to approve the proposed Honor Code.
  • On December 6, 2001, the Boulder Faculty Assembly voted to support the Honor Code, without dissent.
  • On December 11, 2001, the faculty of the College of Engineering voted to approve the proposed Honor Code.
  • On January 24, 2002, the faculty of the College of Music voted to approve the proposed Honor Code.
  • During the Spring, 2002 semester, the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences voted to approve the proposed Honor Code.
  • The School of Architecture agreed to abide by the vote of the campus schools/colleges in approving the proposed Honor Code.
  • The Honor Code has been reviewed and discussed by the Council of Associate Deans, Council of Deans, and Chancellor's Executive Committee.
  • On June 24, 2002, University Counsel approved this policy. Due to clarity issues, University Counsel, in consultation with the Honor Code Council, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Campus Ethics Committee, is in the process of drafting policy revisions.

Date: June 26, 2002
Approved by: Richard L. Byyny, M.D., Chancellor
Author: Ron Stump, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Policy Type: 
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