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.
Unsure if you Need to Report a Potential Violation
If you have questions related to a potential Honor Code violation. Please contact our office at 803-777-4333 to consult with a staff member.
Why Reporting Matters
As a faculty member you have an obligation to report potential violations to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Reporting potential violations encourages an environment of academic integrity to flourish at the university, while ensuring that the university provides due process to our students. Research indicates when cheating behaviors are ignored, they just invite more of the same behavior.
Educational Outcomes from the Honor Code Process
Honor Code sanctions are designed to be educational and to help students learn from their mistakes. For most first offenses of the Honor Code, students will participate in an Academic Integrity Workshop, have a consultation with the Student Success Center, and/or be placed on conduct probation.
Issuing Grade Penalties
Our office refrains from sanctioning any type of grade penalty. You are the expert in your classroom. 70% of faculty reporters who responded to our survey stated that a failing grade on a student's assignment is the most common grade penalty.
Additional penalties can include:
- a failing grade for the course.
- decreasing the student’s final grade in the course by one-letter grade.
You should not fail a student for a potential violation without initiating the Honor Code process. Although the final decision rests with you, our office is happy to discuss potential outcomes. If you report a potential violation at the close of a semester, it is best practice to leave that student's final grade blank in Self Service Carolina until a resolution has been determined.
The Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity offers a variety of classroom presentations that highlight the values of our Carolinian Creed and our codes of behavior.
Set expectations for exemplary student conduct at the beginning of the semester. Include these sample statements on your syllabus and talk to your students about the value of academic integrity. Feel free to adjust the statements to fit your course needs.
A few components that are also helpful to include:
- The Honor Code policy [pdf]
- Examples of behaviors that violate the Honor Code
- Your potential grade penalty (Typical grade penalties are a zero for the assignment or one letter grade lower as a final grade.)
The community of scholars at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to personal and academic excellence.
Choosing to join the community obligates each member to the Carolinian Creed. Academic and civil discourse are the cornerstones of the educational system and crucial to individual growth.
As a Carolinian:
- I will practice personal and academic integrity;
- I will respect the rights and dignity of all persons;
- I will respect the rights and property of others;
- I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions;
- I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings and their need for conditions which support their work and development.
A student’s grades are to represent to what extent that individual student has mastered the course content. You should assume that you are to complete course work individually (without the use of another person or un-cited outside source) unless otherwise indicated by the instructor. It is your responsibility to seek clarification if you are unclear about what constitutes proper or improper collaboration.
Every student has a role in maintaining the academic reputation of the university. It is imperative that you refrain from engaging in plagiarism, cheating, falsifying your work and/or assisting other students in violating the Honor Code.
Two important components of the Honor Code:
- Faculty members are required to report potential violations of the Honor Code to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
- When a student is uncertain as to whether conduct would violate the Honor Code, it is their responsibility to seek clarification from the appropriate faculty member.
To clarify your understanding of the Honor Code, use these resources:
- Academic Integrity Tutorial [video]
- Instructor’s office hours
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Student Success Center »
- The Writing Center »
- University Libraries: Citation Basics »
Your enrollment in this class signifies your willingness to accept these responsibilities and uphold the Honor Code of the University of South Carolina. Please review the Honor Code available on sc.edu/conductandacedmicintegrity. Any deviation from this expectation can result in a (insert academic penalty here) and a referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.
As a general rule, my course syllabus, lecture notes, exams/quizzes, class handouts, lab manuals, and digital presentations are my intellectual property. Distributing, posting or sharing my intellectual property without my written permission is a violation of the Honor Code. Specifically, the complicity policy, which states, “Sharing academic work with another student (either in person or electronically) without the permission of the instructor.”
Do not post course documents to any digital platform (i.e. Course Hero, Note Swap, Chegg, etc.) or share course documents with another individual.
Adapted from: University of Missouri System, Intellectual Property for Course Materials
In this course students will complete lab assignments with a partner. You are encouraged to work together to complete the data collection. However, all lab reports must be the work of the individual student and may not be copied from another student’s work, the text or any other source. Any discussion with your lab partner should be limited to general terms and big picture concepts. Avoid sharing your lab report with other students electronically.
Recycling Testing Material
- The use of previous semester course materials is not allowed in this course. This applies to homework, projects, quizzes and tests. Because these aids are not available to all students within the course, their use by any individual student undermines the fundamental principles of fairness and disrupts your professor’s ability to accurately evaluate your work. Any potential violations will be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity for review.
- The use of previous semester course materials is allowed in this course. Keep in mind that they may serve as helpful teaching tools, but they are not guidelines for how you should complete your work this semester.
Classroom Resources for Instructors
These documents are meant to support your efforts to cultivate a culture of integrity in the classroom.
Academic Integrity Tutorial [video]
Academic Integrity Tutorial [quiz]
How to Address Academic Integrity Concerns in Online Classes [pdf]
Responding to Cheating Behaviors [pdf]
Best Practices for Promoting Academic Integrity [pdf]
Classroom Paraphrasing Exercise [pdf]
Syllabus Checklist for Students [pdf]
Faculty Guide to Academic Disruption [pdf]