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James Madison University Honor Code

I. Introduction

  1. In a university community, there can be no doubt that honor and the pursuit of knowledge are inexorably intertwined. An honor system must be believed in, supported by, and administered by those who belong to it.

  2. Upon enrollment at James Madison University (JMU), each student is automatically subject to the provisions of the Honor System. Each student has a duty to become familiar with the Honor Code and the provisions of the Honor System. Ignorance of what constitutes an Honor Code violation cannot be used as a defense in an honor hearing.

  3. The Honor System at JMU does not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

  4. Each examination, paper, and other written or electronically submitted assignment is submitted pursuant to the Honor Code, and shall contain the following pledge (or similar pledge approved by the faculty or staff member) of the student(s) submitting the work: "This work complies with the JMU Honor Code." The pledge shall be signed by the student(s) unless it is submitted electronically, in which case the faculty or staff member may require a different method of proof of a student's pledge.