Honor Code

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Syllabus Language

Every syllabus should refer students to SPSU's Honor Code and the procedure for handling allegations of academic misconduct.  There are short form and long form model statements below.  If you already have an academic conduct statement in your syllabus, you can add the short form statement to it.  Alternatively, you can use the short form statement alone or tailor the long form statement to suit the specifics of your courses.

There is also a statement that can be incorporated into your syllabus material prohibiting students from "publishing" your course materials.

Short Form Statement

SPSU has an Honor Code and a procedure for handling cases when academic misconduct is alleged. All students should be aware of them. Information about the Honor Code and the misconduct procedure may be found at /honorcode/.

Long Form Statement

This will need to be modified to suit your course and policies.

Collaboration with your classmates in studying and understanding the material is part of the collegiate experience, and is strongly encouraged. Collaboration on written assignments is permitted and encouraged, but each student must turn in work written in his or her own words. Copying another's work will be considered cheating; all students involved will receive a grade of zero, a reduction in the course grade, and possibly other penalties including failure of the course and dismissal from the University. Students will work in assigned groups on the lab assignments and turn in one assignment that is the collaborative effort of the group. Unless you are specifically advised otherwise by the instructor, any work submitted for credit, other than homework and lab assignments, must be completely the work of the individual student.

Collaboration or cheating on examinations will result in a grade of zero, a reduction in the course grade, and possibly other penalties including failure of the course and dismissal from the University. Plagiarism, fabrication, or other academic misconduct will result in a grade of zero, a reduction in the course grade, and possibly other penalties, including failure of the course and dismissal from the University.

SPSU has an Honor Code and a procedure for handling cases when academic misconduct is alleged. All students should be aware of them. Information about the Honor Code and the misconduct procedure may be found at /honorcode/.

Unsatisfactory grades earned because of academic misconduct cannot be removed from your grade point average by repeating the course and will prevent you from earning Latin honors on your diploma. However, you may be required to repeat the course in order to graduate.

It is very important that you understand the concepts of academic integrity. If any of the above is not clear, or if you are not certain what some of the terms mean, please ask me. A misunderstanding in this area could end your academic career.

Statement on Publication of Course Materials

Some lecture slides, notes, or exercises used in this course may be the property of the textbook publisher or other third parties. All other course material, including but not limited to slides developed by the instructor(s), the syllabus, assignments, course notes, course recordings (whether audio or video) and examinations or quizzes are the property of the University or of the individual instructor who developed them. Students are free to use this material for study and learning, and for discussion with others, including those who may not be in this class, unless the instructor imposes more stringent requirements. Republishing or redistributing this material, including uploading it to web sites or linking to it through services like iTunes, violates the rights of the copyright holder and is prohibited. There are civil and criminal penalties for copyright violation. Publishing or redistributing this material in a way that might give others an unfair advantage in this or future courses may subject you to penalties for academic misconduct.

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