following proposal for an Honor Code has been presented to AAC:
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:
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
- 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
- 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
A more detailed list of Honor Code violations will be available in
the Honor Code Supplement.