NOTICE OF PROPOSED REGULATION
Date: October 27, 2005
REGULATION TITLE: REGULATION NO.:
The Student Honor Code 6C1-4.017
SUMMARY: The proposed regulation is a significant revision to Academic Honesty
Guidelines. The proposed regulation incorporates and adopts the University of Florida Honor
Code, formerly regulation 6C1-4.0172, and also renames the "Academic Honesty Guidelines"
"The Student Honor Code." The proposed regulation also provides expanded and revised
definitions of many violations enumerated in the Student Honor Code.
AUTHORITY: BOG Resolution dated January 7, 2003
COMMENTS CONCERNING THE PROPOSED REGULATION SHOULD BE
SUBMITTED WITHIN 14 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE TO THE
CONTACT PERSON IDENTIFIED BELOW. The comments must identify the regulation
you are commenting on.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED REGULATION
IS: Rebecca J. Holt, Executive Secretary, 123 Tigert Hall, Post Office Box 113125, University
of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, 352-392-1358 office, 352-392-4387 facsimile,
NAME OF PERSON WHO APPROVED THE PROPOSED REGULATION: Dr. Patricia
THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED REGULATION IS ATTACHED TO THIS
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
6C1-4.017 Student Affairs: Academic Hon.esty Guidelines The Student Honor Code-
Preamble: In adopting this Honor Code, the students of the University of Florida
recognize that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University
community. Students who enroll at the University commit to holding themselves and their peers
to the high standard of honor required by the Honor Code. Any individual who becomes aware
of a violation of the Honor Code is bound by honor to take corrective action. Student and faculty
support are crucial to the success of the Honor Code. The quality of a University of Florida
education is dependent upon the community acceptance and enforcement of the Honor Code.
The Honor Code:
We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers
to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following
pledge is either required or implied:
"On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this
(1) All students are required to abide by the Acadmic Hnesty Guidelines Student
Honor Codewhich have been accepted by the University and are set f rth in this rule.
(2) The conduct set forth hereinafter constitutes a violation of the Academie Henesty
Guidelines Student Conduct Code. Those adjudged to have committed such conduct shall be
subject to the sanctions provided in Rule 6C1-4.016, F.A.C.
(a) Cheating The improper taking or tendering of any information or material
which shall be used to determine academic credit. Taking of information includes, but is not
limited to, copying graded homework assignments from another student; working together with
another individuals) on a take home test or homework when not specifically permitted by the
teacher; looking or attempting to look at another student's paper during an examination; looking
or attempting to look at text or- notes dur-ing an examination when fiat per-mitted. T-ender-ing of
information includes, but is not limited to, giving your work to another student to be used or
copied; giving someone answers to exam questions either when the exam is being given or after
having taken an exam; giving or selling a term paper or other written materials to another
student; sharing information on a graded assignment.
(b) Plagiarism The attempt to and/or act of representing the work of another as the
product of one's own thought, whether the other's work is published or unpublished, or simply
the work of a fellow student. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, quoting oral or written
mater-ials without citatio oaneam, ter-m paper, homfewor-k, or- other- written mfaterials or- or-al
presentations for an academic requirement; submitting a paper which was purchased from a term
paper seice as your own work; submitting anyone else's paper as your own work.
(e) Bribey' The offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of any materials, items or
services of value to gain academic advantage for yourself or another.
(d) --Misrepresentation Any act or omission of information to deceive a teacher for
academic advantage. Misrepresentation includes using computer programs generated by another
and handing it in as your own work unless expressly allowed by the teacher; lying to a teacher to
increase your grade; lying or misrepresenting facts when confronted with an allegation of
(e) Conspiracy The planning or acting with onc or morc persons to commit any
form of academic dishoet tgai academic advantage for- your-self or- another,
(D) Fabrication The ues of invented or fabricated information, or the falsification
of research or other findings with the intent to deceive for academic or professional advantage.
(3) VIOLATIONS OF THE HONOR CODE AND SANCTIONS.
(a) Conduct Prohibited by the Honor Code. Students are prohibited from engaging in
the following conduct:
1. Conduct Constituting Academic Dishonesty. A student shall not engage in
conduct which constitutes academic dishonesty. A student commits academic dishonesty by
engaging in conduct prohibited by this subsection. By engaging in such conduct, a student
violates the Honor Code and becomes subject to the Student Conduct Code (6C1-4.016)
2. False or Misleading Statement for the Purpose of Procuring an Academic
Advantage. A student shall not intentionally or in bad faith make a false or misleading statement
for the purpose of procuring from the person to whom the statement is made an academic
advantage for any student.
3. False or Misleading Statement Relating to an Honor Code Violation. In reporting
an alleged Honor Code violation, a student shall not intentionally or in bad faith make a false or
misleading statement. During the course of an Honor Code proceeding, or on final appeal
following such a proceeding, a student shall not at any stage make a false or misleading
statement to any person charged with investigating or adjudicating the guilt of the accused,
reviewing a conviction of guilt, or determining or reviewing the appropriateness of the sanction
or sanctions to be recommended or imposed.
4. Prohibited Collaboration or Consultation. A student shall not without express
authorization collaborate or consult with another person in an academic activity. Prohibited
collaboration or consultation shall include:
a. Collaborating when not authorized to do so on an examination, take-home test,
writing project, assignment, or course required work.
b. Collaborating or consulting in any other academic or co-curricular activity after
receiving written notice that such conduct is prohibited.
c. It is the responsibility of the student to seek clarification whether or not
collaboration or consultation with another person is authorized prior to engaging in any act of
collaboration or consultation. If a faculty member has authorized a student to collaborate or
consult with another person in limited circumstances, the student shall not exceed that authority.
If the student wishes to collaborate or consult with another person in circumstances to which the
authority does not plainly extend, the student shall first ascertain with the faculty member
whether the collaboration or consultation is authorized.
5. Prohibited Use of Materials or Resources. A student shall not use unauthorized
materials or resources in an academic activity. Unauthorized materials or resources shall
a. Any paper or project authored by the student and presented by the student for the
satisfaction of any academic requirement if the student has previously submitted substantially the
same paper or project to satisfy an academic requirement and did not receive express
authorization to submit the paper or project.
b. Any materials or resources prepared by another student and used without the
student's express consent.
c. Any materials or resources which the faculty member has notified the student in
writing are prohibited.
d. If a faculty member has authorized a student to use specified materials or
resources, the student shall not exceed that authority. If the student wishes to use any material or
resource to which the authority does not plainly extend, the student shall first ascertain whether
the use is authorized.
6. Plagiarism. A student shall not represent as the student's own work all or any
portion of the work of another. Plagiarism includes (but is not limited to):
a. Quoting oral or written materials, whether published or unpublished, without
b. Submitting a document or assignment which in whole or in part is identical or
substantially identical to a document or assignment not authored by the student.
7. Use of Fabricated or Falsified Information. A student shall not use or present
invented or fabricated information; or falsified research or other findings if the student knows or
in the exercise of ordinary care should be aware that the information, research, or other findings
have been falsified.
8. Interference with or Sabotage of Academic Activity. A student shall not do any
act or take any material for the purpose of interfering with or sabotaging an academic activity.
Sabotage includes (but is not limited to):
a. Removing, concealing, damaging, destroying, or stealing materials, or resources
which are necessary to complete or to perform the academic activity.
b. Tampering with another student's work.
c. Stealing from another student materials or resources for the purpose of interfering
with the student's successful completion or performance of the academic activity.
9. Unauthorized Taking or Receipt of Materials or Resources to Gain an Academic
Advantage. A student shall not without express authorization take or receive materials or
resources from a faculty member for the purpose of gaining an academic advantage.
10. Unauthorized Recordings. A student shall not without express authorization
make or receive any recording of any class, co-curricular meeting, organizational meeting, or
meeting with a faculty member.
11. Bribery. A student shall not offer, give, receive, or solicit a bribe of money,
materials, goods, or services for the purpose of procuring or providing an academic advantage.
12. Submission of Paper or Academic Work Purchased or Obtained from an Outside
Source. A student shall not submit as his or her own work a paper or other academic work that
was purchased or otherwise obtained from an outside source. An outside source includes (but is
not limited to) a commercial vendor of research papers, a file of research papers or
tests maintained by a student organization or other body or person, or any other source of papers
or of academic work that was authored or prepared by a person other than the student who
13. Conspiracy to Commit Academic Dishonesty. A student shall not conspire with
any other person to commit an act that violates the Honor Code.
(4) Jurisdiction for Student Honor Code Violations
(a) Students charged with violations of the Student Honor Code shall have their cases
heard by the appropriate person or body designated in 6C1-4.013. Unless otherwise noted,
students may seek resolution through the Faculty Determination Process
__ 5(53) Faculty Determination Process.
(a) When a student is alleged to have violated the Academic Honesty
GuidelinesStudent Honor Code, the faculty member involved should meet with the student and
attempt to determine if a disciplinary proceeding is warranted. The faculty member can request
that the department chair or other appropriate University official attend this meeting as a witness.
The faculty member may impose the sanction of Reduced or Failing Grade and an appropriate
Educational Requirement specified in subsection stbseetien 6C1-4.016(2), F.A.C., without a
prior recommendation if:
1. The faculty member confirms with the Dean of Students Office that the violation
would be a first offense and no circumstances require the imposition of a sanction other than
Reduced or Failing Grade and an Educational Requirement specified in subsection subseetien
6C1-4.016(2), F.A.C.; and
2. The student and faculty member reach agreement as to a sanction.
(b) The student shall not be permitted to drop the class once informed of a suspected
academic honesty Student Honor Code violation. Any class that is dropped in violation of this
restriction shall be reinstated until the charges are resolved.
(c) The student's agreement to a sanction shall constitute a waiver of all other
available adjudicatory procedures or appeals.
(d) The faculty member shall forward a copy of the agreement with the student's
signature to Student Judicial Affairs.
(e) The faculty member involved shall refer the student to the Director of Student
Judicial Affairs or his or her designee, rather than take action, if disciplinary action may be
warranted, but it appears that:
1. The violation would not be a first offense;
2. A sanction such as Probation, Suspension, or Expulsion would be warranted; or
3. The student does not agree to the sanction proposed by the faculty member
(f) A student who is charged with an academi- hne--- y Student Honor Code
violation by a faculty member and who does not agree to accept the faculty member's sanction or
for whom the faculty adjudication process is not appropriate, as stated above, shall meet with the
Director of Student Judicial Affairs or designee to be advised of the hearing procedures, the
hearing options, and student's rights. The student shall indicate his or her choice of a formal
hearing before the Student Honor Court, the Student Conduct Committee, or the Director of
Student Judicial Affairs or designee. The case will then be referred to the appropriate body or
person for investigation and action. Jurisdiction for Health Center students and College of Law
students is provided in paragraphs 6C1-4.013(1)(d) and (e), F.A.C. If the selected hearing body
is unable to conduct a hearing within the time provided under Rule 6C1-4.013, F.A.C., the
Director of Student Judicial Affairs may reassign the matter to another hearing body or person
pursuant to subsection 6C1-4.013(4), F.A.C.
Speeifie-Authority: BOG Resolution dated January 7, 2003 1001.71(1), 1006.60(1) FS.
Law implemented 120.81(1), 1001.71(10), 1006.60(1) FS.
History--New 9-29-75, Amended 4-5-77, 2-11-82, 9-15-83, Formerly 6C1-4.17,
Amended 5-18-92, 7-11-94, 4-30-95, 2-5-03, 7-19-05,