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Academic Honor Code Infractions

Each member of the academic community is responsible for understanding and abiding by the Academic Honor Code as well as for actively maintaining the integrity of the code.

Smith College maintains that any evasion of the intent of the academic honor system is a violation of the Academic Honor Code. The following are some examples of specific infractions:

In the preparation of class and written work, intellectual honesty demands that a student properly acknowledge the source of all information gathered, including the work of other students. Failure to do so to any degree is plagiarism (see “Referring to Your Sources” in Writing Papers: A Student Handbook for Students at Smith College) and a violation of the code.

A student in doubt about whether or how to cite properly should consult the instructor of the course, the Jacobson Center, the class dean, a Student Academic Advisor, or the chair of the Academic Honor Board.

Some examples of infractions are the following:

• use of corrected notebooks or exercises without the specific prior approval of the student whose materials are being used or instructor involved;

• submission of the same paper by more than one student or for more than one course without the prior approval of those involved. This includes submission of identical work resulting from group projects without prior approval of the instructor;

• unauthorized or unacknowledged use of outside sources including, but not limited to:

  1. any research, published or otherwise, not done by the student submitting the work;
  2. another student’s materials;
  3. any material found on the Internet.

• use of language translations or published notes in the preparation of course work without the specific prior permission of the instructor;

• use of false signatures or initials, including the forgery of an adviser’s signature or initials, during course registration.

The unauthorized giving or receiving of information during examinations or quizzes (this applies to all types, such as written, oral, lab or take-home) is dishonest examination behavior. The following are some examples of dishonest examination behavior:

• unauthorized use of books, notes, papers, etc., during examinations;

• use of cellphones;

• receiving help from, or giving help to, another student during examinations or take-home examination periods;

• taking longer than the allotted time to complete and turn in an examination. The official time allotment for self-scheduled exams is two hours and 20 minutes. Exams may be taken at any time within the prescribed two-hour-and-20-minute time blocks scheduled daily during the exam period. No additional time is given to late arrivers. Any examination that extends beyond the official end of the time block will be considered late, resulting in an infraction of the Academic Honor Code;

• revealing the content of an examination;

• failure to comply with the registrar's current regulations for examination procedures, including handing in all examination books intact, handing in all written materials, taking exams in classrooms, etc. These regulations can be found at examination distribution centers and are written on the face of the examination envelopes.

The following actions are some violations of the code:

• failure to sign out library materials removed from the library;

• improperly taking out materials, including reserve and reference materials, from the library. This includes using a false signature or identification to obtain library materials;

• marking or otherwise defacing library materials;

• manipulating reserve materials;

• failure to return borrowed materials.

Unauthorized or unacknowledged use of a computer file, program, user name or password is prohibited.

* See Information Technology Services statement “Acceptable Use of Computer Resources,”.)

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