The Academic Honor Code
The CofI Honor Code assumes commitment to the highest personal and community values. Far from being a mere pen-and-ink statement, the Code is a declaration by the entire College community - students, faculty, staff, trustees, and alumni - that the honorable course is the most just, and therefore the best. By forming a basis for campus life, the Honor Code engenders an atmosphere of openness and mutual trust that is all too rare in higher education.
The Code: The College of Idaho is a community of integrity; therefore, we, the students, seek to promulgate a community in which integrity is valued, expected, and practiced. We are honor bound to refrain from cheating, stealing, or lying about College-related business. We are obligated to examine our own actions in light of their effect on the community, and we are responsible to address any violations of these community standards.
The Pledge: All course work submitted for evaluation is pledged with the student's signature:
I pledge that this work was completed with academic integrity.
Revision: Any changes to the Academic Honor Code must be approved by a student referendum subject, of course, to Board approval.
Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams or assignments, plagiarism, ghost writing, buying or using a term paper-exam-project that was not composed by the student turning it in, use of unauthorized notes or information stored in an electronic device during an exam, taking an exam for another student, collaboration on take-home exams where it has been forbidden, or furnishing false or misleading information on any official college form or the college website.
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s product, words, ideas, or data as one’s own work. When a student submits work for credit that includes the product, words, ideas, or data of others, the source must be acknowledged by the use of complete, accurate, and specific references, such as footnotes. By placing one’s name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments.
A student will be charged with plagiarism if there is not an acknowledgment of indebtedness. Acknowledgment must be made whenever:
- one quotes another person’s actual words or replicates part of another’s product;
- one uses another person’s ideas, opinions, work, data, or theories, even if they are completely paraphrased in one’s own words;
- one borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials – unless the information is common knowledge (already published in at least three other sources without citation).