I. Honor Code
To help maintain the atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence among students and faculty and to insure that each student is judged solely according to his or her own merits, the Lawrence University community has established the following honor code:
No Lawrence student will unfairly advance his or her own academic performance or in any way limit or impede the academic pursuits of other students of the Lawrence community.
The Lawrence University community firmly believes in the value of the academic atmosphere that this Honor Code is intended to insure. An academic honor system secures freedoms, conveniences, and privileges, which would not otherwise be available to students, creating an atmosphere in which they can learn without constant surveillance.
Students are responsible for understanding the Honor Code, particularly as the Honor Council provides extensive information to all students. The Council does not consider ignorance or negligence as excuses when determining whether or not an Honor Code violation has occurred.
The scope of actions which fall under the code is very broad. The following are examples of actions that the Lawrence University community considers to be academically dishonest. This list is not exhaustive.
- Giving or receiving aid during any examination or otherwise cheating on an examination.
- Failing to distinguish carefully between one's own work and material from any other source (e.g., written materials, oral sources, Internet or other data available through computer resources.)
- Misrepresenting the type or amount of work done (e.g., in fabricated laboratory reports or reading lists.)
- Misusing university resources, including library materials, conservatory resources, and computers.
Pledge and Reaffirmation
As members of the Lawrence University community, students are required to sign the following Honor Pledge; by doing so they affirm their belief in the value of the stipulations of the system:
"I hereby affirm that I understand and accept the responsibilities and stipulations of the Lawrence University Honor System."
Furthermore, students must reaffirm the Honor Code by writing "I reaffirm the Lawrence University Honor Pledge," followed by their signatures, on all submitted work.