Some Information on the Undergraduate Honor System at Kansas State University
Kansas State University has an Undergraduate Honor System based on personal integrity which is presumed to be sufficient assurance in academic matters one's work is performed honestly and without unauthorized assistance. Undergraduate students, by registration, cknowledge the jurisdiction of the Undergraduate Honor System. The policies and procedures of the Undergraduate Honor System apply to all full and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate courses on-campus, off-campus, and via distance learning.
A prominent part of the Honor System is the inclusion of the Honor Pledge which applies to all assignments, examinations, or other course work undertaken by undergraduate students. The Honor Pledge is implied, whether or not it is stated: "On my honor, as a student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this academic work."
A grade of XF can result from a breach of academic honesty. An XF would be failure of the course with the X on the transcript indicating failure as a result of a breach of academic honesty.
Students are understandably uncertain about what exactly counts as the particular sorts of conduct that can land them in these sorts of difficulties. It is also helpful to have it spelled out how easy it is to avoid it. The following are the definitions in force at Kansas State University at the moment. They are excerpts from Section II of Appendix F of the Faculty Handbook. Since important principles to be found there also concern faculty obligations in acknowledging students' work, I have included them here as well.
All academic relationships ought to be governed by a sense of honor, fair play, trust, and a readiness to give appropriate credit to the intellectual endeavors of others where such credit is due. Because the academic community expects that the process of intellectual and creative endeavor is beneficial to a student, the student's original work, created in response to each assignment, is normally expected. ...
A. Cheating: Plagiarism.1. Definition of plagiarism.a. "Plagiarism is the academic and literary equivalent of robbery, taking somebody else's property. If you copy somebody's test answers, take an essay from a magazine and pass it off as your own, lift a well-phrased sentence or two and include them without crediting the author or using quotation marks, or even pass off somebody's good ideas as examples of your own genius, you are guilty of intellectual thievery. If you are caught you should expect punishment or contempt or both." Quote from Robert M. Gorrell and Charlton Laid, Modern English Handbook, 6th edition (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1976), p. 71.
b. Plagiarism covers unpublished as well as published sources; borrowing another's term paper, handing in as one's own work a paper purchased from an individual or agency, or submitting as one's own papers from living group, club, or organization files; all are punishable as plagiarism.
4. The ethical standards outlined
in the above definition of plagiarism and suggestions for its avoidance
govern all relationships in academe. Hence, the guidelines apply
to faculty and research assistants in their possible use of students' and
colleagues' research and ideas, as well as to student use of source materials
and authorities and student use of other students' ideas and work.
5. Honesty, courtesy, and open dealing with others underlie all the above stipulations. Whenever possible, in cooperative intellectual ventures, all parties should be fully informed at the outset, preferably in writing, of the allotment of responsibilities, recompense, and credit and recognition to be given to all parties to the enterprise.
2. Procedures: While the governing
principle, once cheating is suspected, is that due process shall be observed
and no charge made without adequate objective evidence, it is apparent
that prior to that, it is most desirable to exercise due care so that tempting,
compromising, or ambiguous situations do not arise.
1. IntroductionKansas State University is a community of students, faculty, and administrators who come together to learn, work, and grow intellectually. The concept of community is central to our belief in the importance of honorable behavior for oneself and for the community as a whole. This strongly held value of honor and the expectations derived thereof are defined by K-State's honor system. The honor system is an assumption of trust which accompanies the student in all dealings with fellow students, faculty, and administrators. The atmosphere of trust grounded in this assumption of honor enables every student to know his or her word will be taken as true and to compete fairly in the classroom.2. The Kansas State University Honor Code
The acceptance of individual responsibility is essential to our community of trust. The foundation of the honor system depends entirely upon the willingness of every individual to live up to the standards set by fellow students, faculty, and administration. If we are to enjoy the benefits of a community of trust and integrity which the honor system fosters, we must hold ourselves to the basic principles of honesty: we must never lie or cheat. In order to safeguard the privileges offered by the honor system, we must respond forthrightly and proactively with those students who have disregarded the principles of honesty.The Kansas State University honor system is defined by the following Honor Code:3. The Honor Pledge Statementa. That as K-State students they will not give or receive aid in examinations; that they will not give or receive unpermitted aid in class work, in the preparation of reports or in any other work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of grading.
b. That as K-State students they will do their share and take an active part in seeing to it that others as well as themselves uphold the spirit and letter of the honor system. This includes reporting an observed dishonesty.On all course work, assignments, or examinations done by students at Kansas State University, the following pledge is either required or implied:On my honor as a student I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment.This statement means that the student understands and has complied with the requirements of the assignment as set forth by the instructor.