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.
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.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science values and fosters an environment of academic and personal integrity, supporting the ethical standards of the engineering profession, where we design and build for the benefit and safety of society and our environment.
The Constitution and By-Laws of the Honor Code are available on the Honor Code website.
Academically dishonest behaviors include, but are not limited to, the brief examples described below. If you're concerned about what constitutes academic dishonesty we encourage you to speak with your professor or if you do not feel comfortable doing so please contact the honor code office at firstname.lastname@example.org.