Honor Code Information

What is Hamilton’s Honor Code?

Covers academic integrity; all students must sign the pledge before matriculation.

Types of violations:

Plagiarism, misrepresentation or falsification of data, self-plagiarism, cooperative or collaborative effort in coursework without acknowledgement or without the explicit permission of the instructor, submission of someone else’s work as one’s own, cheating on tests or examinations, stealing or tampering with digital media created or presented by someone else, forgery or falsification of academic documentation.

Types of assignments covered:

Anything submitted for a grade

When a faculty member suspects a violation:

The complaint is submitted in writing to Dean of Students for Academics and the Honor Court Chair. The letter details the possible violation and the evidence and includes copies of relevant materials with passages appropriately highlighted. Faculty who believe they have found a possible violation are encouraged to contact the Associate Dean of Students for Academics at 315-859-4600 for more detailed information.

The process in brief:

First, an evidentiary meeting is held which leads to the determination of charges then consideration of whether a honor court hearing or administrative hearing is warranted. At the hearing there is a determination of responsibility for specific charges and assignment of the sanction. The Dean of Students for Academic Office oversees the completion of sanction and keeps the records of the case. All procedures are detailed in the Handbook, including appeals.

Possible sanctions:
  • First violations: completing an academic integrity tutorial, a letter placed in the students file until one year after graduation, removal from a course, a grade of XF (“removed from course for academic dishonesty”), and suspension for a semester or more. In all cases, the grade on the assignment for which the violation occurred is determined by the faculty.
  • Second violations: an XF is recorded on the student’s permanent transcript for the and the student is expelled.

Advice for students on how to avoid:
  • Ask professors questions when in doubt about how to cite a source or if collaboration/help is allowed.
  • Watch paraphrasing and extensive use of verbatim notes from a source. Keep close track of sources.
  • Avoid panic situations through good planning.
  • Don’t use any materials outside of those allowed in the exam room. Use of electronics and trips to the restroom during an exam can rouse suspicion.
  • Discuss your papers, labs, and assignments with others to learn, but write everything in your own words.
  • Acknowledge fully the help you received from print, electronic, media, and through interviews.
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