Throughout their history, Institutions of higher learning have viewed themselves and have been viewed by society as a community of persons not only seeking the truth and knowledge, but seeking them in a truthful and ethical fashion. Indeed, the institution traditionally trusted by the public and the one to which individuals most often turn for unbiased factual information is the university. Thus, how a university behaves is as important as what it explores and teaches. SUNY College at Potsdam expects all members of its community to conduct themselves in a manner befitting this tradition of honor and integrity. Enrollment at the College requires a commitment to the principles of the SUNY Potsdam Academic Honor Code both in spirit and in adherence to rules and policies. The Academic Honor Code makes SUNY Potsdam a better and more enjoyable place as it affords to each member of the SUNY Potsdam community the trust and freedom that honesty promotes.
Personal honor, integrity and respect for the word and work of another are the basis of the Academic Honor Code. Thus, it is the responsibility of every student enrolled in SUNY Potsdam to adhere to and uphold this Code in pursuit of academic integrity. The Academic Honor Code furthers this effort by prohibiting lying, cheating and stealing.
This Code applies to all academic programs, faculties and departments at the College both graduate and undergraduate. More detailed standards of academic conduct may be set forth by each of the schools and individual faculty members. It is the responsibility of every member of the academic community to be familiar with and supportive of the Academic Honor Code.
On all academic work done by students at SUNY Potsdam, the below listed pledge is either required or implied. Furthermore, this statement is regarded as an indication that the student understands and has complied with the requirements and assignments as set forth by the course instructor and as stated in this Academic Honor Code.
I will not give nor receive any inappropriate assistance on any academic work in accordance with the SUNY Potsdam Academic Honor Code and the directions given to me by each course instructor."
Student's Signature Date
Specific acts that are considered to be academic dishonesty and that are prohibited by this Code include, but are not limited to:
SUNY Potsdam's procedure for the enforcement of the Academic Honor Code lies within the campus judicial system. The College judicial procedures and students' rights within these procedures are listed in the "Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct". The Campus Judicial System in consultation with the course instructor(s) will assign appropriate sanctions should it be determined that a student is responsible for a violation of the Academic Honor Code.
(Note: the information and definitions listed in this Honor Code were adapted from The SUNY Potsdam Academic integrity Policy (p.34-35, Undergraduate Catalogue), Northwestern University Principles Regarding Academic Integrity (www.northwestern.edu/uaccluniprin.html) and The Rice University Honor Council www.honor.nce.edu/pages).)
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