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The Honor Code of Stanford University

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What the Honor Code Is

The Honor Code is the University's statement on academic integrity written by
students in 1921. It articulates University expectations of students and faculty
in establishing and maintaining the highest standards in academic work.

Honor Code Text

1. The Honor Code is an undertaking of the students, individually and
1. that they will not give or receive aid in examinations; that they will
not give or receive unpermitted aid in class work, in the
preparation of reports, or in any other work that is to be used by
the instructor as the basis of grading;
2. that they will do their share and take an active part in seeing to it
that others as well as themselves uphold the spirit and letter of the
Honor Code.
2. The faculty on its part manifests its confidence in the honor of its
students by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking
unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent the forms of
dishonesty mentioned above. The faculty will also avoid, as far as
practicable, academic procedures that create temptations to violate the
Honor Code.
3. While the faculty alone has the right and obligation to set academic
requirements, the students and faculty will work together to establish
optimal conditions for honorable academic work.

Violations of the Honor Code

Examples of conduct that have been regarded as being in violation of the
Honor Code include:

Copying from anothers examination paper or allowing another to copy

from ones own paper
Unpermitted collaboration

Plagiarism [1]
Revising and resubmitting a quiz or exam for regrading, without the
instructors knowledge and consent
Giving or receiving unpermitted aid on a take-home examination
Representing as ones own work the work of another
Giving or receiving aid on an academic assignment under
circumstances in which a reasonable person should have known that
such aid was not permitted

Penalties for Violating the Honor Code

In recent years, most student disciplinary cases have involved Honor Code
violations; of these, the most frequent arise when a student submits anothers
work as his or her own, or gives or receives unpermitted aid. The standard
penalty for a first offense includes a one-quarter suspension from the
University and 40 hours of community service. In addition, most faculty
members issue a "No Pass" or "No Credit" for the course in which the violation
occurred. The standard penalty for multiple violations (e.g. cheating more than
once in the same course) is a three-quarter suspension and 40 or more hours
of community service.
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What Is Plagiarism?
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In order to clarify what is regarded as plagiarism, the Board on Judicial Affairs
adopted the following statement on May 22, 2003:
"For purposes of the Stanford University Honor Code, plagiarism is defined
as the use, without giving reasonable and appropriate credit to or
acknowledging the author or source, of another person's original work,
whether such work is made up of code, formulas, ideas, language, research,
strategies, writing or other form(s)."
Please also consult the Intent/Reasonable Person Standard [1].
If you are in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism in the context of a particular assignment, talk with
the instructor.

Sources on Plagiarism

Bedford/St. Martins: Strategies for Teaching with Online Tools

Plagiarism [2]
Council of Writing Program Administrators: Defining and Avoiding
Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices [3]
Dartmouth College: Sources: Their Use and Acknowledgement [4]
Georgetown University: What is Plagiarism? [5]
Northwestern University: How to Avoid Plagiarism [6]
Purdue University Online Writing Website: Avoiding Plagiarism [7]
University of California, Davis: Avoiding Plagiarism: Mastering the Art
of Scholarship [8]

Plagiarism in Computer Science

Stanford's Department of Computer Science utilizes MOSS [9] (Measure

Of Software Similarity), among other things, to detect software
The Honor Code statement of Stanford's Dept. of Computer Science [10]

Resources for Writing and Citing in Different


See [11]Citation Styles [12] [11] for a complete list

Bibliographic Software Programs

Information on Bibliography Management [13] from Stanford University

Reference Manager [14]
RefWorks [15]

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