• HONESTY is truthfulness in all that we do and say, including clear attribution for others’ thoughts and ideas.
  • RESPECT is showing sincere consideration and appreciation for individuals and the differences among them.
  • TRUST is the ability to believe in the integrity and reliability of others.
  • FAIRNESS is actively ensuring that everyone has access to the same opportunities and community resources.
  • OWNERSHIP is taking pride in and responsibility for one’s actions and authorship, and having the courage to compel others to do the same.

As a member of ADSM’s Community of Honor, it is the student’s personal responsibility to know, understand, and abide by the Code and seek clarification when needed from faculty, staff, and fellow students.

Specifically, students must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to and accept responsibility for acting in accordance with the ADSM Undergraduate Honor Code.
  • Understand the policies for academic honesty and integrity and community expectations, as they are set forth in the ADSM Undergraduate Honor Code and within this Student Handbook.
  • Take personal responsibility for knowing and following any additional written or verbal requirements in your coursework provided by the faculty on individual projects, papers, assignments, or exams for a specific course.

Failure to take appropriate steps to fully understand the Code shall be neither an acceptable nor tolerable excuse for any Honor Code offense. Honor is not an option for any ADSM student; it is an expectation and requirement of this community. An expressed commitment to understand and abide by the Code is a requirement for continued enrollment at ADSM, and students shall be asked to reaffirm their understanding of and commitment to the ADSM Undergraduate Honor Code throughout their years as an ADSM student.

Honor Offenses- Academic & Non-Academic

The ADSM Honor Code is comprehensive and its philosophies apply to all student behavior and decision making at the School, both inside and outside the classroom.

Academic honor offenses include offenses of:

  • School academic honesty and integrity policies, and
  • Specific course- or assignment-specific policies as identified by individual faculty.

Academic honor offenses currently fall under six general categories:

  • Cheating;
  • Fabrication;
  • Plagiarism;
  • Unauthorized collaboration;
  • Participating in academically dishonest activities; and
  • Facilitating academic dishonesty.

Nonacademic offenses include offenses of all policies outlined in the Community Expectations section of the Undergraduate Handbook.

Reporting Honor Code Offenses

A fundamental component of the ADSM Honor Code is the student’s obligation to act. As a member of the Community of Honor, students are expected to feel a sense of duty and obligation to confront ethical dilemmas and to take some action, even if it means not officially reporting it through the disciplinary processes. Students have multiple avenues for confronting ethical dilemmas, and it is the community’s expectation that you will choose one of them including, but not limited to:

  • Alerting a faculty member that cheating may be occurring in his/her class.
  • Reporting the unethical student to a faculty or staff member, or to the Adviser to the School Honor Committee and the Assistant Dean of Students.
  • Approaching the unethical student and requesting that he/she turn him/herself in to his/her faculty member or to the Adviser to the School Honor Committee.
  • Calling attention to the suspected offense as it is occurring.
  • Speaking directly to the unethical student about concerns relating to his/her behavior.
  • Contacting the Assistant Dean of Students or other staff member.

Adjudication Procedures for Honor Code Offenses

The administration of campus disciplinary matters related to the ADSM Undergraduate Honor Code has been delegated by the President to the Office of Student Affairs. Other members of the Assistant Dean of Student’s staff may be involved at the School’s discretion where appropriate. Professional staff members provide leadership for the processes by advising students, faculty, administrators, and staff in regard to disciplinary concerns.

The School disciplinary process is designed as an educational process for resolving honor offenses. The goals are to protect the rights of ADSM community members, to assure that all parties receive fair process in the handling of complaints, and to assist students in becoming responsible citizens and accepting the consequences of their behavior. The Office of Student Affairs reviews reports of alleged honor offenses and any supporting documentation, including the seriousness of the honor offense, location of the incident, and prior disciplinary record. After this review, the Office of Student Affairs delegates the matter to one of the disciplinary processes detailed in the School Judicial Process section of the Policies & Procedures Manual.

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