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Honor Code

Academic Honesty

“Let the truth be taught by example and precept—that to steal is evil, that to cheat is wrong, that to lie is a reproach to anyone who indulges in it.”

–President Gordon B. Hinckley–

Be Honest

The first injunction of the BYU–Hawaii Honor Code is the call to be honest. Students come to the university not only to improve their minds, gain knowledge, and develop skills that will assist them in their life's work, but also to build character. "President David O. McKay taught character is the highest aim of education"(The Aims of a BYU–Hawaii Education, p. 6). The purpose of the BYU–Hawaii Academic Honesty Policy is to assist in fulfilling that goal. BYU–Hawaii students should seek to be totally honest in their dealings with others. They should complete their own work and be evaluated based upon that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty and misconduct in all its forms, including but not limited to plagiarism, fabrication or falsification, cheating, and other academic misconduct.


Intentional plagiarism is a form of intellectual theft that violates widely recognized principles of academic integrity as well as the Honor Code. Such plagiarism may subject the student to appropriate disciplinary action administered through the university Office of Honor, in addition to academic sanctions that may be applied by an instructor. Inadvertent plagiarism, whereas not in violation of the Honor Code, is nevertheless a form of intellectual carelessness that is unacceptable in the academic community. Plagiarism of any kind is completely contrary to the established practices of higher education, where all members of the university are expected to acknowledge the original intellectual work of others that is included in one's own work. In some cases, plagiarism may also involve violations of copyright law.

Intentional Plagiarism

Intentional plagiarism is the deliberate act of representing the words, ideas, or data of another as one's own without providing proper attribution to the author through quotation, reference or footnote.

Inadvertent Plagiarism Student Studying

Inadvertent plagiarism involves the inappropriate, but non deliberate, use of another's words, ideas, or data without proper attribution. Inadvertent plagiarism usually results from an ignorant failure to follow established rules for documenting sources or from simply being insufficiently careful in research and writing. Although not a violation of the Honor Code, inadvertent plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct for which an instructor can impose appropriate academic sanctions. Students who are in doubt as to whether they are providing proper attribution have the responsibility to consult with their instructor and obtain guidance.

Fabrication or Falsification

Fabrication or falsification is a form of dishonesty where a student invents or distorts the origin or content of information used as authority. Examples include:

  • Citing a source that does not exist.
  • Attributing to a source ideas and information not included in the source.
  • Citing a source for a proposition that it does not support.
  • Citing a source in a bibliography when the source was neither consulted nor cited in the body of the paper.
  • Intentionally distorting the meaning or applicability of data.
  • Inventing data or statistical results to support conclusions.

Cheating is a form of dishonesty where a student attempts to give the appearance of a level of knowledge or skill that the student has not obtained. Examples include:

  • Copying from another person's work during an examination or while completing an assignment.
  • Allowing someone to copy from you during an examination or while completing an assignment.
  • Using unauthorized materials during an examination or while completing an assignment.
  • Collaborating on an examination or assignment without authorization. Taking an examination or completing an assignment for another, or permitting another to take an examination or to complete an assignment for you.

Other Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes other academically dishonest, deceitful, or inappropriate acts that are intentionally committed. Examples of such acts include but are not limited to:

  • Inappropriately providing or receiving information or academic work so as to gain unfair advantage over others.
  • Planning with another to commit any act of academic dishonesty.
  • Attempting to gain an unfair academic advantage for oneself or another by bribery or by any act of offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting anything of value to another for such purpose.
  • Changing or altering grades or other official educational records.
  • Obtaining or providing to another an unadministered test or answers to an unadministered test.
  • Breaking and entering into a building or office for the purpose of obtaining an unauthorized test.
  • Continuing work on an examination or assignment after the allocated time has elapsed.
  • Submitting the same work for more than one class without disclosure and approval.

Applicable Actions

A wide range of possible actions exist for cases of academic dishonesty. Instructors should be fair and equitable under the circumstances and should attempt to reach an understanding with the affected student on the imposition of an appropriate action. In some cases, the department, the college, or the university may also take actions independent of the instructor. Examples of possible actions include but are not limited to the following:

1. For instructors, programs, departments, and colleges

  • Reprimanding the student orally or in writing.
  • Requiring work affected by the academic dishonesty to be redone.
  • Administering a lower or failing grade on the affected assignment, test, or course.
  • Removing the student from the course.
  • Recommending probation, suspension, or dismissal.

2. For the University

  • The university may elect to place an affected student on probation or to suspend or dismiss the student, and to place a temporary or permanent notation on the students permanent academic transcript that he or she was suspended or dismissed due to academic misconduct.
  • The university may report an incident of academic misconduct to appropriate law enforcement officials and may prosecute an affected student if the act in question involves the commission of a crime (e.g., breaking into an office or building, stealing an examination, etc.).

3. Office of Honor Involvement

  • The Office of Honor will maintain a record of all violations of the Academic Honesty Policy reported to it by the faculty. If the occurrence is sufficiently egregious or if a pattern of dishonesty or misconduct is discovered, the Office of Honor may take additional action on behalf of the university based upon the nature of the infraction(s). The Office of Honor, in consultation with the involved academic personnel, may determine to place a student on probation or to suspend or dismiss a student for academic dishonesty and other forms of academic misconduct.

Faculty Academic Integrity

The substantive standards of academic honesty stated in this policy apply a fortiori to faculty. Indeed, all members of the BYU–H community are expected to act according to the highest principles of academic integrity.

Shared Responsibility Policy Statement

Students are responsible not only to adhere to the Honor Code requirement in being honest but also to assisting other students in fulfilling their commitment to be honest.

Handle Dishonesty Conduct

Faculty are responsible to establish and communicate to students their expectations of behavior with respect to academic honesty and the students conduct in the course. The responsible instructor shall investigate the incident, determine and take appropriate action. The instructor reports to the Office of Honor the final disposition of any incident of academic dishonesty by completing an Academic Dishonesty Student Violation Report. If the incident of academic dishonesty involves the violation of a public law, e.g., breaking and entering into an office or stealing an examination, the act should also be reported to Security. If an affected student disagrees with the determination or action and is unable to resolve the matter to the mutual satisfaction of the student and the instructor, the student may have the matter reviewed through the university's grievance process. (See Appendix 1: Student Academic Grievance Procedure)


A large number of publications and policies of colleges and universities were reviewed in creating BYU–Hawaii's Academic Honesty Policy. The content and structure of this policy was adapted from the following sources:

  • Academic Honesty, a brochure produced by the Office of Judicial Affairs, University of Florida.
  • Academic Honesty and Dishonesty, a brochure produced by the Office of the Dean of Students, University of Delaware.
  • Academic Honesty and Dishonesty, a brochure produced by the Dean of Students Office, Louisiana State University.
  • A Statement on Plagiarism, a committee report from the October 1994 Conference on the Center for Academic Integrity, Tom Langhorne, Binghamton University (chair).
  • Definition of Plagiarism, by Harold C. Martin, taken from The Logic and Rhetoric of Exposition, by Harold C. Martin, Richard M. Ohmann, and James H. Wheatly, 3rd ed. (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969).
  • Legal Aspects of Plagiarism, by Ralph D. Mawdsley (Topeka, Kansas: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, 1985).
  • Plagiarism The Do's and Don'ts, a brochure produced by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs of the University of California Davis.