Student Conduct & Honor Code

Student Conduct Code

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 Pledge:

We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code.

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 assignment."


(a) 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:

1. Quoting oral or written materials including but not limited to those found on the internet, whether published or unpublished, without proper attribution.

2. 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.

(b) Unauthorized Use of Materials or Resources ("Cheating"). A student shall not use unauthorized materials or resources in an academic activity. Unauthorized materials or resources shall include:

1. Any paper or project authored by the student and presented by the student for the satisfaction of any academic requirement if the student previously submitted substantially the same paper or project to satisfy an academic requirement and did not receive express authorization to resubmit the paper or project.

2. Any materials or resources prepared by another student and used without the other student's express consent or without proper attribution to the other student.

3. Any materials or resources which the faculty member has notified the student or the class are prohibited.

4. Use of a cheat sheet when not authorized to do so or use of any other resources or materials during an examination, quiz, or other academic activity without the express permission of the faculty member, whether access to such resource or materials is through a cell phone, PDA, other electronic device, or any other means.

(c) Prohibited Collaboration or Consultation. A student shall not collaborate or consult with another person on any academic activity unless the student has the express authorization from the faculty member.

1. Prohibited collaboration or consultation shall include but is not limited to:

a. Collaborating when not authorized to do so on an examination, take-home test, writing project, assignment, or course work.

b. Collaborating or consulting in any other academic or co-curricular activity after receiving notice that such conduct is prohibited.

c. Looking at another student's examination or quiz during the time an examination or quiz is given. Communication by any means during that time, including but not limited to communication through text messaging, telephone, e-mail, other writing or verbally, is prohibited unless expressly authorized.

2. It is the responsibility of the student to seek clarification on whether or not use of materials or collaboration or consultation with another person is authorized prior to engaging in any act of such use, collaboration or consultation. If a faculty member has authorized a student to use materials or to collaborate or consult with another person in limited circumstances, the student shall not exceed that authority. If the student wishes to use any materials or 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 use of materials, collaboration or consultation is authorized.

(d) False or Misleading Statement Relating to a Student Honor Code Violation. In reporting an alleged Student Honor Code violation, a student shall not intentionally or in bad faith make a false or misleading statement. During the course of a Student Honor Code proceeding, or on final appeal following such a proceeding, a student shall not at any time make a false or misleading statement to any person charged with investigating or deciding the responsibility of the accused, reviewing a finding of responsibility, or determining or reviewing the appropriateness of the sanction or sanctions to be recommended or imposed.

(e) 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.

(f) Use of Fabricated or Falsified Information. A student shall not use or present invented or fabricated information, falsified research, or other finding if the student knows or in the exercise of ordinary care should be aware that the information, research, or other finding has been fabricated or falsified.

(g) 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:

1. Removing, concealing, damaging, destroying, or stealing materials or resources that are necessary to complete or to perform the academic activity.

2. Tampering with another student's work.

3. Stealing from another student materials or resources for the purpose of interfering with the other student's successful completion or performance of the academic activity or of enhancing the offending student's own completion or performance.

(h) 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 academic advantage.

(i) Unauthorized Recordings. A student shall not without express authorization from the faculty member and, if required by law, from other participants, make or receive any recording, including but not limited to audio and video recordings, of any class, co-curricular meeting, organizational meeting, or meeting with a faculty member.

(j) Bribery. A student shall not offer, give, receive, or solicit a bribe of money, materials, goods, services or anything of value for the purpose of procuring or providing an academic advantage.

(k) 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 in any form 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.

(l) Conspiracy to Commit Academic Dishonesty. A student shall not conspire with any other person to commit an act that violates the Student Honor Code.

(2) Student Honor Code Sanctions. For a violation or violations of the Honor Code, a student may receive any of the sanctions that can be imposed for Student Conduct Code violations, including but not limited to conduct probation, suspension and expulsion as well as any educational sanctions. In addition, students may receive the following:

(a) Assignment grade penalty. The student is assigned a grade penalty on an assignment including but not limited to a zero.

(b) Course grade penalty. The student is assigned a grade penalty in the entire course including but not limited to an "E".

(3) Student Conduct Code Sanctions.

(a) Reprimand: The student is given formal written notice and official recognition that the behavior has violated the Student Conduct Code.

(b) Loss of University Privileges: Loss of University privileges comprises the denial of specific University privileges including but not limited to attendance at athletic functions, unrestricted library use, parking privileges, university computer usage, and residence hall visitation for a designated period of time.

(c) Conduct Probation: The student is deemed not in good standing with the University. Students on conduct probation cannot represent the University on any athletic team other than intramurals, hold an office in any student organization registered with the University, represent the University in any extracurricular activity or official function or participate in any study abroad program. The duration of any probation period or any conditions or sanctions imposed for the violation shall be in proportion to the seriousness of the violation and imposed on an individual basis by the sanctioning authority. Individuals placed on conduct probation are subject to suspension or expulsion should they violate the conditions of probation or any University regulations or policies while on conduct probation.

(d) Deferred Suspension: The student will be officially suspended from the University, but the suspension will be deferred. The suspension will automatically be enforced for any subsequent violation of the Student Honor Code or Student Conduct Code, as applicable. The hearing authority will specify when issuing a deferred suspension which violations will automatically trigger the enforcement of the deferred suspension. If a student commits a violation of the Student Honor Code or Student Conduct Code, as applicable, while on deferred suspension and is found responsible, then, unless the Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, the student is automatically suspended in addition to the other sanctions imposed for the subsequent violation. Suspensions can be deferred for a semester or indefinitely.

(e) Suspension: The student is required to leave the University for a given or indefinite period of time, the determination of which shall depend upon specified acts of the student's own volition related to mitigation of the offense committed. The student must comply with all conditions imposed prior to re-enrolling unless told otherwise by the hearing authority. Students who are suspended for more than one semester will need to apply for readmission.

(f) Expulsion: The student is permanently deprived of his or her opportunity to continue at the University in any status.

(g) Restitution: The student is required to pay for loss of or damages to University property, provided that such payment shall be limited to the actual cost of repair or replacement of such property.

(h) Repair of Harm through Community/University Service Work Hours: A student is required to complete a specified number of hours of service to the campus or general community.

(i) Educational Requirements: A student is required to complete a specified educational sanction related to the violation committed. Such educational requirements include completion of a seminar, report, paper, project, alcohol or drug consultation, counseling consultation or psychological evaluation.

(j) Residence Hall Transfer or Removal: A student is required to transfer residence halls or leave the residence halls for a specified or indefinite period of time.

(k) No Contact Order: A no contact order is a directive to refrain from any intentional contact, direct or indirect, with one or more designated persons or group(s) through any means, including personal contact, e-mail, telephone, or third parties.