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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
Students who are alleged to have violated the Honor Code may bring one advisor with them to both administrative conferences and Carolina Judicial Council hearings.  This advisor can be a parent, friend, or attorney.  This advisor is meant to support the student as they go through the conduct process, not speak for the student. The student will need to fill out a Consent to Release Information Form  for anyone who will attend their meetings with them. 

The University uses the preponderance of evidence standard when determining if a student is responsible or not responsible for an alleged Honor Code violation (i.e., that it is more likely than not that the alleged violated the Honor Code). 

  • Consult with the student prior to their administrative conference with the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. This can include:
    • Reviewing the incident report or police report submitted with the student.
    • Assisting the student in preparing a statement regarding the alleged involvement or questions to ask during their meeting.
  • The student should remain the main point of contact for the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity until their case is resolved. The University will typically communicate with the student, not additionally with every student’s advisor.  Information regarding the student’s case will be sent to the student directly (via phone or email).  The student may then choose to forward any communication with their chosen advisor. 
  • Based on FERPA, the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity cannot discuss a student’s education record, including details involving Code of Conduct or Honor Code alleged violations, without the student’s written consent. In order for information to be shared with a student's advisor, the student needs to fill out a Consent to Release Information Form

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.

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