I. Honor Code Statement
All students will sign the following pledge prior to the start of classes. Students who have not signed the pledge will not be allowed to register for classes.
HAMILTON COLLEGE HONOR PLEDGE
By my signature below, I affirm on my honor that I will abstain from dishonesty in all academic work. I have read and understand the Honor Code and I will abide by its provisions. I will work to strengthen the honor of Hamilton College and its students by upholding the Honor Code myself and working to ensure others do as well.
II. Academic Dishonesty
Any form of academic dishonesty is a serious offense in an academic community. At Hamilton such dishonesty will often result in removal from the course, assignment of an XF* for the course, or separation from the College community, or some combination of these. It is essential, therefore, that every student understands the standards of academic honesty and how to avoid dishonesty by proper acknowledgment of intellectual indebtedness. The Honor Court will not excuse a lack of awareness or understanding of what constitutes academic dishonesty. Any attempt to commit any of the following infractions also constitutes academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:
III. Student Obligation
Aside from refraining from all forms of academic dishonesty, Hamilton students are expected to take proactive steps to support the Honor Code and to respond to incidents of academic dishonesty. Such steps may include: signing the pledges on exams and papers stating that the assignment has been completed in accordance with the Honor Code; informally discussing the Honor Code with other students, especially incoming students; or taking appropriate action when witnessing suspected dishonesty.
Upon Witnessing a Violation of Academic Integrity
Violations of academic integrity are an affront to our community. The bonds which unite us make knowing how to act when you witness a violation difficult. Students who witness violations are required to take appropriate action. What constitutes appropriate action may vary with the case but include:
Confronting a suspected violator can be difficult. Integrity is not always easy. But honesty and trust are at the core of every academic enterprise and the mission of Hamilton College. Our community can only thrive on candor and honor.