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Honor Code: Undergraduate Students

Department responsible: Academic Advising

Owner: Academic Dean's Office

Pertains to: All undergraduate students

Description: Every member of the Hamline University community—students, faculty, administrators, and staff—is responsible for upholding the highest standards of academic integrity at all times.


Statement of Purpose

Every member of the Hamline University community—students, faculty, administrators, and staff—is responsible for upholding the highest standards of academic integrity at all times. The assumption that academic work is an honest reflection of one’s knowledge and skills is fundamental to the integrity of Hamline University and to the value of a Hamline diploma. If students at an institution of higher education develop a reputation for receiving grades based on honest work, GPAs and academic degrees held by all students from that institution are valued more highly. The faculty subscribe to standards of academic honesty in their research and teaching. Every person in the University is responsible for adhering to the principles of the Academic Honor Code.


Academic dishonesty includes any act that has the effect, or intention, of giving one student an unfair advantage over others in the completion or evaluation of academic work and/or inaccurately representing one's academic work. Prohibited conduct under the Code includes, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Using notes or other source materials (without instructor permission) on a quiz/exam 
  • Copying another student’s answers on a quiz/exam 
  • Using electronic devices (e.g., phones, pagers, computers, calculators) in an unauthorized manner during an exam 
  • Copying another student’s homework assignment 
  • Submitting, in whole or in part, a paper that is not your own work (e.g., purchasing a paper on the internet or submitting another student’s paper) 
  • Collaborating on a take-home exam assigned to be completed individually 
  • Altering answers on a graded exam or assignment in order to resubmit your work for a better grade. 


Plagiarism is the act of using ideas and information from any source, published or unpublished, without proper attribution (e.g., from a book, journal, newspaper, report, speech, media broadcast, interview, or the internet). Includes but is not limited to:

  • Quoting, paraphrasing, or otherwise using text from a source without crediting the author 
  • Copying sentences, phrases, or other language verbatim from a source without using quotation marks 
  • Presenting work completed by another individual (including another student) as your own.

Making Multiple Submissions  

  • Submitting, without prior authorization, a paper or assignment completed for one class to fulfill a requirement for another class. 

Fabricating Information  

  • Using and/or submitting fabricated or altered information for any academic exercise or requirement; e.g., making up data for an experiment or citing non-existent sources in a paper 
  • Fabricating or lying about reasons for requesting an extension on a quiz/exam, paper, or other assignment.

Using Materials in an Unauthorized Manner

  • Stealing or otherwise acquiring unauthorized access to examinations or faculty instructional materials 
  • Removing books, periodicals, or other sources from the library without permission 
  • Damaging books, periodicals, and other library sources 
  • Keeping library and reference materials beyond permitted time with the intent of preventing others from using them (e.g., items on reserve). 

Misrepresenting Academic Records

  • Misrepresenting or tampering with, or attempting to misrepresent or tamper with, any portion of an academic record either before, during, or after enrollment at Hamline 
  • Forging a signature on a declaration of major, change of grade, or other form 
  • Altering, or attempting to alter, academic computer records 
  • Falsifying academic information on a resume. 

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

  • Knowingly engaging in any act that facilitates the academic dishonesty of another student; e.g., permitting another student to copy your answers on a quiz/exam or assignment 
  • Giving or selling a quiz/exam, paper, or assignment to another student 
  • Informing students in later sections of a class of questions on a quiz/exam. 

 Violations and Sanctions  

Violations of the Academic Honor Code will be dealt with seriously. If a student is accused of engaging in academic dishonesty in a class, the faculty member may decide on a sanction for the student (e.g., assign a failing grade for an exam or the course). The student will be informed of the alleged violation, the evidence upon which the allegation is based, and the sanction to be imposed. The faculty member will file a violation form with the Office of the Dean where the course is housed, which will maintain a permanent record of reported student violations. Students may appeal to the Chair of the Department in which the class is housed. Should a student be dissatisfied with the decision of the Department Chair, the student may appeal to the appropriate academic Dean. The decision from that office will be final.

Sanctions for students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty may include:

  • Failing or receiving a lower grade on an exam, paper, or assignment 
  • Failing or receiving a lower grade for a course 
  • Academic suspension or expulsion