Types of Honor Code Violations
It is the responsibility of every student at USC to adhere steadfastly to truthfulness and to avoid dishonesty, fraud, or deceit of any type in connection with any academic program. The following examples illustrate conduct that violates the Honor Code, but this list is not intended to be an exhaustive compilation of conduct prohibited by the Honor Code.
- Giving or receiving unauthorized assistance, or attempting to give or receive such assistance, in connection with the performance of any academic work.
Examples: cheating on tests, helping someone to cheat on a test, working on an assignment or homework with someone when it is not permitted, etc.
- Unauthorized use of materials or information of any type or the unauthorized use of any electronic or mechanical device in connection with the completion of any academic work.
Examples: cheat sheets during tests, using a cell phone during a test to get answers, use of a calculator during a test when not permitted, etc.
- Access to the contents of any test or examination or the purchase, sale, or theft of any test or examination prior to its administration.
Examples: disclosing the content of a test to a friend who is in another section and taking the test after you, stealing a test before it is given, etc.
- Unauthorized use of another person’s work without proper acknowledgment of source.
Examples: This is plagiarism. This includes copying and pasting information as if it were your own work, not citing quotes or materials, poor paraphrasing, not citing after paraphrasing, utilizing another student’s paper and turning it in as your own, etc.
- Intentional misrepresentation by word or action of any situation of fact, or intentional omission of material fact, so as to mislead any person in connection with any academic work (including, without limitation, the scheduling, completion, performance, or submission of any such work).
Examples: This is lying and can include signing someone in on the attendance sheet for a class (or asking someone to sign in for you), taking a test or quiz for someone, lying about why you missed class or need to make up a test or need an extension on an assignment, etc.
- Offering or giving any favor or thing of value for the purpose of influencing improperly a grade or other evaluation of a student in an academic program.
Examples: Offering someone money for a better grade in the class, on a project, etc.
- Conduct intended to interfere with an instructor’s ability to evaluate accurately a student’s competency or performance in an academic program.