Every member of Saint Augustine’s University has the right to live and learn in
an atmosphere of trust and support. Responsibility for maintaining these values
in our community rests with each individual member. Values that promote this
HONESTY: Be truthful in your academic work and in your relationships
INTEGRITY: Be trustworthy, fair, and ethical.
RESPONSIBILITY: Be accountable for your actions and your learning.
RESPECT: Be civil. Value the dignity of each person. Honor the
physical and intellectual property of others.
“On my honor, I pledge to pursue all endeavors and uphold the values
of Saint Augustine’s University and its mission with honesty, integrity,
responsibility, and respect.”
Saint Augustine’s University’s honor code applies to both individual student and
To clarify the types of violations, Saint Augustine’s University has grouped them
into policies that cover student code of conduct/social situations and policies that
cover academic situations. These two policies may overlap, with one or more types
of violations being reported from a single incident.
Academic Policies support honest exploration and thoughtful contemplation of all
ideas in an environment of honesty and trust. As such, students are to refrain from
lying, cheating, stealing or violating another’s property, plagiarizing the ideas of
others, or facilitating another person’s academic violation. To be clear about what
academic behavior is unacceptable, Saint Augustine’s University has listed areas of
the policy that clarify components of academic responsibility (The Saint Augustine’s
University Student Catalogue pgs. 52-53). Violations of academic policy may result
in a lower course grade or a failing grade for the course. Academic censure (official
statement of institutional disapproval) is the minimum institutional sanction and
multiple or egregious violations of academic policies may result in Disciplinary
Suspension or Permanent Separation from Saint Augustine’s University.
Social Policies support the shared values and communal expectations that promote
the development of the individual and the community. To be clear about what
social behavior is unacceptable, Saint Augustine’s University has listed areas of
the policy that clarify components of social responsibility and adherence in The
Student Code of Conduct, Student Code of Values, Residence Hall Conduct, and
Administrative Procedures Guidelines in this handbook. Each area of potential
violation is defined and typical sanctions are listed. In cases where more than one
violation has occurred as a result of an incident, sanctions will likely increase in
Violations of the Honor Code may be subject to civil or criminal prosecution under
local, state and federal law guidelines.
All students are required to acquaint themselves with the provisions of the
Academic Honor Code through the information in the Saint Augustine’s University
Student Handbook. Undergraduate students may obtain further information
from the Dean of each school, Office of Academic Affairs, and the Office of First-
All Saint Augustine’s University students are subject to the policies and
procedures of the undergraduate Honor Code stated in the Student Handbook
and apply to all students enrolled in undergraduate courses of all divisions and
extended studies, whether full-time or part-time, or whether regularly enrolled,
transient, or cross-registered from a neighboring Cooperating Raleigh Colleges
Students are responsible for obtaining from their professors an explanation of
the freedom they may exercise in collaboration with other students or in use of
outside sources, including:
In the event that a student does not obtain a clear explanation of the application
of the Honor Code from an instructor in any class, the student must assume that
the Office of Academic Affairs will follow the strictest interpretation of the Honor
Code with respect to that class.
Faculty members do not routinely monitor tests and examinations to apprehend
violators. Instructors who remain in examination rooms are there primarily to give
Cheating, plagiarizing, or otherwise falsifying results of study is prohibited. The
Code applies not only to examinations, but also to all work handed in, such as
papers, reports, solutions to problems, tapes, films, and computer programs, unless
excepted by the instructor. The code also applies to any act that is fraudulent or
intended to mislead the instructor, including falsifying records of attendance for
class, for events for which attendance is required or for which class credit is given,
or for internships or other work service.
Violations of the Honor Code are cause for disciplinary actions imposed by the
appropriate office (Office of Academic or Judicial Affairs).
Among the possible violations are the following:
The Honor Code Applied to Preparation of Papers
Students often have trouble distinguishing between privileged information and
common knowledge. An idea is often considered common knowledge if it is
encountered at least three times in separate sources during one’s research into
a particular subject. (Reprints of one source do not constitute separate sources.)
Students should understand that sources of common knowledge can be
plagiarized. Copying or close paraphrasing of the wording or presentation of a
source of common knowledge constitutes plagiarism.
Students should realize that an act of plagiarism may include some degree of
premeditation or may be the result of carelessness or ignorance of acceptable
forms for citation. Regardless of intent or premeditation, the act is plagiarism
and is a violation of the Honor Code. Students, therefore, must be conscious of
their responsibilities as scholars under the Honor System, to learn to discern what
is included in plagiarism as well as in other breaches of the Honor Code, and must
know and practice the specifications for citations in scholarly work.
Any student uncertain about the application of the plagiarism and citation rules
should consult the instructor. A student who plagiarizes out of ignorance is still
guilty of an Honor Code violation.
Students are on their honor not to ask for or give information pertaining to any
portion of an examination before or after they have taken it, in such a way as to
gain or give an advantage over other students.
The written pledge (see also The Honor Pledge above) signifies that the work
submitted is the student’s own and that it has been completed in accordance with
the requirements of the course as specified by the instructor. In addition, each
student and faculty member is expected to establish a clear understanding of the
requirements in each course.
Any student uncertain about the application of the pledge to a particular course
requirement should always consult the instructor. The Honor pledge, or an
abbreviation thereof, should be included in all written work completed by the
student and submitted for a grade. Any work handed in for credit, however, will
be considered “pledged” unless otherwise stated by the instructor.
Without the support and cooperation of the entire student body, the Honor
System will not work. Students must insist on the absolute integrity of themselves
and their fellow students. It is the obligation of every student who suspects an
honor violation to take action in one of the following ways, determining the
choice of action by the flagrancy and/or certainty of the violation.
If a student has reason to suspect that a breach of the Honor Code has been
committed, he or she must:
1. Issue a personal warning to the suspected student, or
2. Report the incident to the Office of Academic Affairs for action by the
Provost /Designee of the President, or
3. Inform the instructor in the course of the suspicions and identify, if possible,
the person(s) suspected.
The procedure for resolving disputes of academic dishonesty or for resolving
any dispute concerning a student’s academic standing at Saint Augustine’s
University is the Academic Dishonesty Appeal Process. The Academic Dishonesty
Appeal Process requires that a student first discuss the academic dispute with the
faculty member who accused the student, or assigned the grade, or initiated the
penalty, or with whom the dispute first surfaced. If the dispute is not resolved in conversation(s) with the faculty member, the student shall next address the
matter with the head of the department in which the course is taught. The Chair
shall: investigate the matter thoroughly; make a record of the relevant evidence;
make a determination about the nature of the dispute or appropriateness of
the accusation, the grade, or the penalty imposed on the student. If the matter
is still in dispute following the investigation and determination by the Chair, the
student has a right to appeal to the Division Dean in which the dispute arose.
In cases where the recommended penalty is that the student be suspended or
expelled, or where the student’s degree or certification is revoked, students may
appeal in writing to the Provost.
Specifically in cases involving allegations of academic dishonesty students shall be
provided with: (1) adequate notice of any offense with which they are charged;
and, (2) an opportunity to be heard by the Division Dean in which the offense is
alleged to have occurred. The penalty imposed by (or approved by) the Division
Dean shall be based on evidence collected and recorded by the faculty member,
the Chair, and/or the Division Dean. The Division Dean in which the student’s
major is located shall also be notified of the academic dishonesty and of the
penalty imposed by the Division Dean in which the academic dishonesty occurred.
INQUIRIES FROM OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY
Requests for “directory information” frequently come to the University from a
variety of sources, including friends, parents, alumni, relatives, employers, other
Universitys and universities, government agencies, news media, and so on. The
University will not release directory information that the student has requested
be withheld, and any requests from non-University persons will be refused
unless the student provides his or her written consent for the release. Students
are advised to consider carefully the consequences of a decision to request that
directory information be withheld.
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