We, the students of High Point University, believe that honesty and integrity are essential to student development, whether personal, social, or academic. Therefore, we assert that:
Every student is honor-bound to refrain from conduct which is unbecoming of a High Point University student and which brings discredit to the student and/or to the University;
Every student is honor-bound to abstain from cheating;
Every student is honor-bound to abstain from collusion;
Every student is honor-bound to abstain from plagiarism;
Every student is honor-bound to confront a violation of the University Honor Code;
Every student is honor-bound to report a violation of the University Honor Code.
History. The High Point University Honor Code originated within the Senate of the Student Government Association. It was then adopted by students in a general referendum, by the faculty on April 17, 1997, by the Administrative Council and by the Board of Trustees.
Authority. Although the High Point University Honor Code cannot exist without the involvement of faculty and staff, the Honor Code was created by students and shall be maintained and enforced by the Judicial Board of the Student Government Association out of the Office of Student Life.
Pledge. When a student accepts an offer of admission from High Point University, they in turn are agreeing to abide by the University Honor Code. Therefore, professors may ask students to sign the following oath: On my honor, I have abided by the High Point University Honor Code at the beginning of semesters on the Syllabus or for tests, projects or any other assignments.
For purposes of interpreting the University Honor Code, the following definitions shall apply:
Cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
Collusion. Collusion includes, but is not limited to:
Property violations. Property violations include, but are not limited to:
Plagiarism. Plagiarism violations include, but is limited to:
Acknowledgment. Proper acknowledgment includes identifying the author and source of a quoted or paraphrased passage and indicating clearly ( by the appropriate use/omission of quotation marks or indention’s) whether the passage is being quoted or paraphrased.
Because a University cannot perform its proper function in the absence of academic integrity and social responsibility and because you are a member of this University community, you are expected:
Academic Integrity. By practicing the following guidelines, you can help assure that you will not be suspected of academic dishonesty:
Confrontation. Although the University Honor Code does not prescribe the method of confrontation, although such confrontation may be either direct or indirect, and although civility is expected in all situations, you are expected to confront in some manner persons suspected of violating the University Honor Code. You may:
Notification. Although the University Honor Code does not require to identify persons suspected of violating the code, it does require students to advise their instructor when they have reason to believe that violations have occurred. Faculty will be more able to reduce violations if they are aware that violations may be occurring.
Right to Report. Although the University Honor Code does not require students to report persons who violate the code, members of the University community are encouraged to report suspected violators directly to the instructor or by reporting it to the Student Conduct Department to the Office of Student Life. Any member of the High Point University community, including members of the faculty, the staff, or student body, may request an investigation if (s)he has reason to believe that another individual is in violation of the University Honor Code. If the case is related to a particular class, the instructor of that class shall investigate the case and shall initiate charges and sanctions, if appropriate. If the case is not related to a particular course (e.g., appropriation, forgery, property violations), the Dean of Students, or his designee, shall investigate the case and shall initiate charges and sanctions, if appropriate.
Academic Forgiveness. In the event that a student repeats a course at High Point University which (s)he previously failed for violations of the University Honor Code, both the “F” and the repeat grade will be computed in the grade-point average, with the result that the normal repeat policy does not apply.
Appeals. Disciplinary sanctions imposed by the instructor, by the dean of students, or by the University Honor Court may be appealed by following the appellate procedures described on page 119 of A Guide to Campus Life.
Records. When sanctions are imposed by the instructor, by the dean of students, or by the University Honor Court for violations of the University Honor Code, From OSL 101 (Honor Code Incident Report) should be filed in the Office of Student Life. A copy of the form should be sent to the student and to the instructor in cases where the instructor has referred the student to the University Honor Court. Policies for the retention and disposal of records are describe on pages 5-6 of A Guide to Campus Life.
Refunds. In the event that a student is excluded from the University, the regular refund policy described in the Undergraduate Bulletin or the Guide to Campus Life shall apply. In the event that a student is excluded from selected courses, programs or facilities for violations of the University Honor Code, monies due, of payable will not be refunded in whole or part.