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James Madison University Honor Code

II. The Honor Code

  1. Students shall observe complete honesty in all academic matters. Violations of the Honor Code include, but are not limited to, taking or attempting to take any of the following actions:
    1. Using unauthorized materials or receiving unauthorized assistance during an examination or in connection with any work done for academic credit. Unauthorized materials may include, but are not limited to, notes, textbooks, previous examinations, exhibits, experiments, papers, or other supplementary items.
    2. Giving false or misleading information regarding an academic matter.
    3. Copying information from another student during an examination.
    4. Rendering unauthorized assistance to another student by knowingly permitting him or her to see or copy all or a portion of an examination or any work to be submitted for academic credit.
    5. Obtaining prior knowledge of examination materials, including using copies of previously given examinations obtained from files maintained by various groups and organizations, in an unauthorized manner.
    6. Selling or giving another student unauthorized copies of any portion of an examination.
    7. Using a commercially-prepared paper or research project or submitting for academic credit any work completed by someone else.
    8. Falsifying or attempting to falsify class attendance records for yourself or for someone else, or having another person falsify attendance records on your behalf.
    9. Falsifying material relating to course registration or grades, either for yourself or for someone else.
    10. Falsifying reasons why a student did not attend a required class or take a scheduled examination.
    11. Taking an examination in the place of another student.
    12. Making unauthorized changes in any reported grade or on an official academic report form.
    13. Falsifying scientific or other data submitted for academic credit.
    14. Collaborating in an unauthorized manner with one or more students on an examination or any work submitted for academic credit.
    15. Committing the act of plagiarism: copying information, ideas, or phrasing of another person without proper acknowledgment of the true source; writing or presenting as if it is your own information, ideas, or phrasing without proper acknowledgment of the true source.
    16. Using computing facilities or library resources in an academically dishonest manner.
    17. Falsifying evidence, or intimidating or influencing someone in connection with an Honor Code violation investigation, hearing, or appeal.
  2. All students are strongly advised to ask their faculty or staff members to clarify what types of conduct are authorized or unauthorized in each course.