The University of Colorado Boulder is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of intellectual honesty.  Commitment to these standards is the responsibility of every student, faculty and staff member. The Honor Code was designed to uphold CU Boulder's standards of academic integrity and intellectural honesty, as well as to provide quick resolution of to reports of student academic misconduct. 

All students of the University of Colorado Boulder are subject to the Honor Code for academic matters. Students must sign a statement agreeing to abide by all university policies, including the Honor Code, as a condition of admission to the university.  Students who violoate may be subject to discipline as set forth by the Honor Code.

Honor Code Pledge

On my honor, as a University of Colorado Boulder student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance.

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Academic Dishonesty: Any act in which a student gains, or attempts to gain, an unfair academic advantage over other students.

These acts may include, but are not limited to:
i. Plagiarism: Portrayal of another’s work or ideas as one’s own
ii. Cheating: Using prohibited notes or study aids, allowing another party to do one's work/exam and turning in that work/exam as one's own, copying another student’s course work, and collaborating on course work when prohibited
iii. Fabrication: Falsification or creation of data, research, or resources, altering a graded work without the prior consent of the course instructor
iv. Lying: Deliberate falsification with the intent to deceive in written or verbal form as applied to an academic submission
v. Bribery: Providing, offering, or taking rewards in exchange for a grade, or, an assignment, or in the aid of Academic Dishonesty
vi. Threat: An attempt to intimidate a student, staff, or faculty member for the purpose of receiving an unearned grade or in an effort to prevent the reporting of an Honor Code violation, or in connection with any other form of Academic Dishonesty
vii. Unauthorized Access: Gaining unauthorized access to protected academic information including, but not limited to: the Integrated Student Information System (ISIS); a faculty member’s computer, files, and/or office; or secure information on an online server
viii. Clicker Fraud: Using, or having someone else use, clicker technology fraudulently in an effort to receive academic credit.
ix. Resubmission: Submitting the same or similar work in more than one course without permission from all course instructors involved
x. Aiding Academic Dishonesty: Intentionally facilitating any act which may help a student to gain an unfair academic advantage including, but not limited to, any of the aforementioned acts.

*See section C.14 in the Policies and Procedures.*

The criteria for the appeal review is limited to:

  1. Procedural deficiencies in the established hearing process.
  2. The emergence of substantive new evidence which was not available at the time of the hearing

​It is necessary to explain on this form how the case meets the criteria for an appeal. It should be noted that an appeal may not be based on discontent with the severity of the sanction imposed by the Honor Code Hearing Panel. 

A granted appeal will result in the meeting of the Honor Code Appeals Board and they will review the record of the case alone. The student and reportying party are not allowed to attend the meeting. The Appeals Board has the authority to let the decision of the Hearing Panel stand, remand the case to the Hearing Panel, reverse the Hearing Panel’s decision, or modify the sanction(s). Modification of the Hearing Panel’s decisions must be reached by a majority decision.

All requests for appeal must be filed in writing within 10 business days, excluding days the Honor Code Office is closed, of the date of the decision letter. 

You will receive written notice of any decision in regard to your appeal.

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Student Seminars

Course Description: The Honor Code Seminar in Ethics and Integrity is commonly sanctioned to students who violated the Honor Code by means of cheating, fabrication, lying, and aid of academic dishonesty. The course was created to demonstrate to students the importance of personal and academic integrity in the university setting and beyond.

Course Objectives:

  • Students understand the mission and role of the Honor Code system on the CU Boulder campus.
  • Students understand and can differentiate between: ethics, integrity (personal and academic), morals, law.
  • Students understand their role as members of the university community and understand the importance of making ethical decisions.
  • Students understand how they can avoid future violations of the Honor Code

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Course Description: The Honor Code Writing Seminar is commonly sanctioned to students who violated the Honor Code by means of plagiarism. The course was created to demonstrate to students the importance of properly attributing work to others.

Course Objectives:

  • Students understand the mission and role of the Honor Code system on the CU Boulder campus.
  • Students understand how to properly cite work and the importance of doing so.
  • Students understand their role as members of the university community and understand the importance of making ethical decisions.
  • Students understand how they can avoid future violations of the Honor Code.

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Faculty FAQs

Report an Incident

In Spring of 2018, the Honor Code process changed and went into effect with support from the Boulder Faculty Assembly. 

Things to know:

  • Honor code violations must be reported within 40 days from the date of discovery. 
  • This is a collaborative process where faculty and students work together on a faculty and student advisory board to review cases of academic misconduct.
  • Reporting faculty continue to retain the sole authority to determine appropriate academic sanctions (i.e. grades).

Yes. The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) will only accept reports of suspected Honor Code violations made within 40 calendar days from the date of discovery of the suspected violation.

  • The purpose of the Honor Code is to secure an environment where academic integrity can flourish. The Honor Code recognizes the importance of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility and aims to instill these principles as essential features of the University of Colorado 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.
  • The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution has the time to investigate into the alleged misconduct, while faculty may not have that time.
  • The OSCCR maintains records for all honor code cases, and can address repeat behaviors when they are reported.

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