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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


November 12, 2004

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604,

The following proposal for an Honor Code has been presented to AAC:

Mansfield University
Proposed Honor Code


Academic integrity is essential for a positive learning environment. The Center for Academic Integrity, which Mansfield University will be joining in the coming weeks, defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to the following five fundamental values:

  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

As part of Mansfield University's pledge to foster intellectual and personal growth, we, the members of the Mansfield University community, uphold the highest standards of honesty and academic integrity. Members of the University community are expected to observe complete honesty in all academic matters. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for creating an environment of academic integrity, academic freedom, and mutual respect. The responsibility for upholding these principles lies with the individual as well as the entire community.

Upon enrollment at Mansfield University, each student must acknowledge and accept the provisions of the Honor Code. All members of the university community have a duty to become familiar with the Code. Ignorance of what constitutes an Honor Code violation cannot be used as a defense.


As members of a community of learning, students as well as faculty are expected to be active participants in classes and contribute productively to the university’s academic mission.

All students are expected to:

  • Attend classes regularly and on time
  • Come to class prepared for discussions, activities, or lectures
  • Complete all assignments given them by faculty members and turn them in on time
  • Treat their professors and student colleagues with respect and participate appropriately during class
  • Do their own work unless the professor has specifically approved collaborative work
  • Take responsibility for understanding the honor code, and for asking questions of their professors to clarify any uncertainties
  • Uphold the honor code

All Faculty are expected to:

  • Explain in class and/or on syllabi their policies regarding acceptable types of assistance for assigned activities and examinations.
  • Treat students with respect
  • Adhere to the principles of the honor code
  • Report all instances of violations of academic integrity to the office of the provost

Faculty members are expected to explain in class and/or on syllabi their policies regarding acceptable types of assistance for assigned activities and examinations. Faculty members are expected to treat students and their colleagues with respect, to be familiar with the Honor Code, to promote adherence to its provisions, and to explain in class and/or on syllabi their policies regarding acceptable types of assistance for assigned activities and examinations.

Faculty members who have evidence of honor code violations are expected to follow university procedures and file the appropriate forms with the Office of the Provost.

The Office of the Provost is expected to issue an annual report summarizing violations of the Honor Code, and to remind students and faculty about the Honor Code expectations at the beginning of each school year.

Violations of the Honor Code

Violations of Mansfield University’s Honor code include but are not limited to:

  • Engaging in plagiarism, defined as presenting the ideas, words or works of another person, an electronic source or research service without proper acknowledgement of the source.
  • Knowingly permitting another person to submit your work as his or her own.
  • Giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on an exam or a class assignment, or in connection with any work done for academic credit including but not limited to obtaining access to quizzes, examinations and other evaluation instruments in advance of their planned distribution.
  • Fabricating, falsifying, sabotaging, or taking improper credit for research data
  • Resubmitting work used in a prior course without permission of the instructor who receives the previously used work.
  • Stealing or misusing library materials
  • Falsifying academic records
  • Disrupting class or interfering with the learning process of other students
  • Misrepresenting attendance in a class.

Sanctions for Violations of the Honor Code

When it has been determined that a violation of Mansfield University’s academic integrity policy has occurred and the circumstance is the first instance documented with the Provost’s office that a student has been charged, the faculty member who has brought the charge may impose a consequence ranging from a penalty for the assignment to failure of the course. Additionally, the faculty member may request that the Judicial Hearing Board conduct a formal review of the matter. In an instance where a student has been charged with an academic integrity violation for a second time, a review of the case by the Judicial Hearing Board is mandatory. At that time the Hearing Board may or may not recommend dismissal from the university. If a third instance of an academic integrity occurs the student shall be dismissed from the university.

A more detailed list of Honor Code violations will be available in the Honor Code Supplement.


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