The student-administered Honor Code and Honor Pledge prohibits students from cheating on exams, plagiarizing papers, submitting the same paper for credit in two courses without authorization, buying papers, submitting fraudulent documents and forging signatures. Additional definitions of Academic Dishonesty are listed below.

On every examination, paper, or other academic exercise not specifically exempted by the instructor, students shall write by hand and sign the following pledge:

“I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (or assignment).”

Failure to sign the pledge is not a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity, but neither is it a defense in case of violation of this code. Students who do not sign the pledge will be given the opportunity to do so. Refusal to sign must be explained to the instructor. A student’s decision about this will not be considered in grading or judicial procedures. Material submitted electronically should contain the pledge, and submission implies an electronic signature.

Compliance with the code is administered by the Student Honor Council, which strives to promote a community of trust on the College Park campus. Allegations of academic dishonesty should be reported directly to the Honor Council (301-314-8450) by any member of the campus community. For additional information, consult the Office of Student Conduct.

DEFINITIONS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: any of the following acts, when committed by a student, shall constitute academic dishonesty:

  1. CHEATING: fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in any academic course or exercise in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage and/or intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic course or exercise.
  2. FABRICATION: intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic course or exercise.
  3. FACILITATING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this Code.
  4. PLAGIARISM: intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic course or exercise.

The entire Honor Code and Honor Pledge can be found at

Complete information about Academic Integrity can be found at