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Academic Honor Code: Graduate Students

Owner: Provost/Academic Dean's Office

Pertains to: 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. 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, then the GPAs and academic degrees held by all students from that institution are valued more highly. The faculty subscribes to standards of academic honesty in its research and teaching. Every person in the University is responsible for adhering to the principles of the Academic Honor Code (Code).


Dishonesty of any kind in relation to academic work threatens the integrity of the academic enterprise and is prohibited at Hamline University. Such dishonesty includes plagiarism, ghost writing, and falsifying official information concerning one's academic background or status.

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of another person's work or ideas. Any passage copied verbatim, with small changes, or in paraphrase must be acknowledged with a citation. Ghost writing is preparing work for another or having another prepare one's own work.

When a student is found to be in violation of the academic dishonesty policy, academic penalties may be prescribed by the instructor of the course in question, including but not restricted to, the requirement of additional work, an assignment of a failing grade on the work in question, or a failing grade for the entire course.

When a student is found to have falsified official information, the administrative official responsible will determine whether the violation merits suspension from the University.

The student has the right to appeal the instructor's or administrator’s decision to the appropriate graduate school dean, and if still dissatisfied, to the Provost's Office. In the case where the dean is the instructor or administrator, a second member of the school/program faculty will be asked to perform an independent investigation and make a recommendation. The decision of the Provost is final.

View more information in the bulletin version of the Academic Integrity and Hamline University Academic Honor Code.