Constitution of the Virginia Tech Honor
The Virginia Tech Honor Code embodies a spirit of mutual trust and intellectual honesty that is
central to the very nature of the university, and represents the highest possible expression of shared
values among the members of the university community.
The fundamental beliefs underlying and reflected in the Honor Code are: (1) that trust in a person is
a positive force in making that person worthy of trust, (2) that every student has the right to live in
an academic environment that is free from the injustices caused by any form of intellectual
dishonesty, and (3) that the honesty and integrity of all members of the university community
contribute to its quest for Truth.
The functions of the Honor System are to communicate the meaning and importance of intellectual
honesty to all students of the University; to articulate and support the interest of the community in
maintaining the highest standards of conduct in academic affairs; and to identify, sanction, and
educate those who fail to live up to the stated expectations of the university community with regard
to these standards.
The Honor Code is the University policy which defines the expected standards of conduct in
academic affairs. The Honor System is the University body charged with disseminating information
about the Honor Code to the university community and with enforcement of the Honor Code.
Article I: Honor Code
The Honor Code is the University policy which expressly forbids the following academic
Therefore, the student body at Virginia Tech will not tolerate any violation of the Honor Code. All
students, upon admission to this University, have pledged to abide by the Honor Code. Any
student found by the appropriate forum within the Honor System to have violated the Honor Code
shall be deemed guilty as charged.
- Cheating -- Cheating includes the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or
assistance or the actual giving or receiving of any unfair advantage on any form of
academic work, or attempts thereof.
- Plagiarism -- Plagiarism includes the copying of the language, structure, ideas and/or
thoughts of another and passing off same as one's own, original work, or attempts thereof.
- Falsification -- Falsification includes the statement of any untruth, either verbally or in
writing, with respect to any circumstances relevant to one's academic work, or attempts
thereof. Such acts include, but are not limited to, the forgery of official signatures,
tampering with official records, fraudulently adding or deleting information on academic
documents such as add/drop requests, or fraudulently changing an examination or other
academic work after the testing period or due date of the assignment.
Article II: The Honor Pledge
Section 1. The Virginia Tech Honor Pledge is: "I have neither given nor received unauthorized
assistance on this assignment."
Section 2. The Honor Pledge is to be written out on all graded assignments in each class at the
University, and is to be signed by the student. The Honor Pledge represents both an expression of
the student's support of the Honor Code and an unambiguous acknowledgment that the student has,
on the assignment in question, abided by the obligations that the Honor Code entails. A student
who has doubts about whether or how these obligations apply to a particular assignment is
responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the instructor before submitting the assignment for
Section 3. In the absence of a written Honor Pledge, the Honor Code still applies to all graded
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