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Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Honor Code Hearing

When you become a student at the University of South Carolina, you become a representative of our values.

Submit Academic Integrity Incident Report 

The Honor Code is a set of principles established by the university to promote virtue in all aspects of a student’s academic career. Honor Code violations will be subject to university sanctions.


Reasons for an Honor Code Hearing

Someone has reported you for an academic integrity violation. Examples of violations include:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Falsification
  • Complicity

Read the Official USC Honor Code.


What to Expect

You will meet with a conduct administrator from our office to discuss the alleged violation. You'll learn the nature of your referral and see any test papers, SafeAssign reports or other materials provided by your professor.

Due to the nature of the case it may be critical for the conduct administrator to gather additional information. Therefore, a follow up meeting to resolve the case may be scheduled.

What You Should Bring

  • Bring any relevant information that you think may not already be supplied by your professor.
  • If you believe someone witnessed the incident in question, please bring their contact information to your meeting.

Bringing Others
You can bring one other person to your meeting: a family member, friend, lawyer or advisor. You will not be permitted to bring anyone directly involved in the incident to serve as your advisor. If you choose to bring someone, you will need to have them fill out a Consent to Release Information Form [pdf] and review the guidelines for advisors in the hearing process [pdf]

Behavior that disrupts the order of the meeting or harasses the meeting participants will not be tolerated. You are responsible for your guest's actions. 


Hearing Outcome

The representative you meet with may discuss their findings with the college liaison and discuss the recommended outcome with you. You can accept it or request a rehearing with a panel.

If you request a panel hearing, the Carolina Judicial Council will convene and decide on the findings. They will decide educational sanctions if you are found responsible for a violation.

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity