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The Honor Code & Academic Integrity

Brevard College expects all members of Brevard College to commit their hearts and minds to this community of learning, to pursue truth with humility, to become wise stewards of the earth, and to live responsibly before God and each other. By becoming a member of the Brevard College community, students commit themselves to upholding standards for honest and fair dealings with others, as expressed in the following affirmation(s):
I agree to respect the integrity, ideas, and property of the College community, fellow students, faculty, and staff, by refraining from acts such as plagiarism, cheating, theft, harassment, and abusive language or behavior. I further agree to abide by the academic policies of the institution as outlined in the College Catalog and the Social Code maintained by the Division of Campus Life and the Honor Council.
The Honor Code adopted by the faculty and the SGA serves as an absolute commitment. Dishonesty in any form undermines the efforts to create and maintain an atmosphere in which students can develop a sense of self-worth and establish patterns of personal integrity.
Academic Expectations
Attendance at all class, laboratory or studio sessions is expected of students, and each student is responsible for all work assigned in each course. Students should expect to be eligible for course credit only if they attend at least 70% of the class meetings. Specific attendance requirements for each course are established by the instructor at the beginning of each term and will be stated in the course syllabus. Students who must miss classes are responsible for discussing absences with faculty in advance of their occurrence or as soon as possible thereafter. The instructor is responsible for determining whether and how students may make up missed class work.
Academic Integrity
Academic dishonesty can take a variety of forms. Violations include, but are not limited to the listed examples. Because circumstances surrounding reported incidents of suspected dishonesty are unique, the Honor Council evaluates each case on an individual basis.
  • Plagiarism (duplication of wording, concepts, or ideas from any source and submission of the material as one’s own work without acknowledging the source by the use of appropriate citations, quotation marks, or both)
  • Citing of sources not actually used in the preparation of an assignment. (e.g. padding a bibliography).
  • Submitting another’s work as one’s own (e.g. copying or stealing a paper, homework assignment, lab assignment, or other). This may also include submission of a paper or other research purchased from a commercial research firm or accesses via the Internet.
  • Collaborating with outside sources or other students on assignments, exams, or other course work when it is not allowed.
  • Allowing another student to copy from any assignment or exam.
  • Copying another student’s exam, in whole or in part.
  • Unauthorized use of books, notes, papers, calculators, or other materials or devices during an exam.
  • Unauthorized possession of an exam prior to exam date.
  • Changing answers after an exam has been returned and submitting it for a re-grade.
  • Accessing and altering grades in a grade book.
Instructors may establish penalties for plagiarism or cheating on an individual basis, or may submit cases involving Honor Code infractions for review by the Honor Council.  In cases of plagiarism or cheating within multi-section/common syllabus courses, faculty, facilitated by the appropriate Program Coordinator, will establish penalties for infractions. Any student having been found guilty of an Honor Code violation who then initiates withdrawal from a course will receive an F and forfeit the right to appeal.