Honor System

In a college like Centenary, where a commitment to moral values joins with a dedication to scholarly integrity, the honor system provides not only freedom from proctoring but also a positive opportunity for personal growth. The faculty members should at all times stress, for themselves and their students, that the honor system is a principal element of the fundamental purposes of the College.

Each faculty member is expected to become familiar with the details of the Honor Code of Centenary College (see the Student Handbook). The Honor Court, or the faculty adviser to the Honor Court, will provide new faculty members with details as to the specific operations of the Code.

Faculty members are expected to inform their classes at the beginning of every semester of the implications of the Code for each particular class. Principles of documentation and plagiarism and regulations relating to who may proofread papers and how texts may be used in open-book tests may vary from course to course. Faculty members should specify what these variables are.

If faculty members detect what is believed to be a violation of the Honor Code, they are expected to inform a member of the Court or its faculty adviser of the possible infraction. All evidence of significance should be retained for the case and turned over to the Court upon request. In cases reported by students, the Court may require faculty members to provide certain materials to be used in evidence. The faculty members will then abide by the decision of the Court. (Faculty Handbook, Section 16)

Faculty members do not have the option of using or not using the system except that during the summer session the system is not used. Faculty members are not allowed to monitor tests and must leave the room after passing out the test questions to students. The instructor should, however, be available during the testing period and should return to the classroom occasionally for questions. CA. p. 10; (5/16/77); CL.

As a member of the Centenary Community, each faculty member is responsible for reporting all cases of suspected cheating on tests, plagiarisms, and other violations of the Honor Code to the Court, rather than handling the case and penalty personally.

Faculty members shall abide by the decision of the court in grading the student suspected of the violation.

In addition, faculty members shall:

  1. Inform students of regulations that apply to academic integrity in their courses, and make clear to what extent collaborative work or exchange of aid and information (studying together, tutoring, proofreading of papers) is acceptable.
  2. Constructively admonish students who they feel are drifting into questionable practices.
  3. Explain directions on examinations and inform students of their whereabouts during an examination should questions arise.
  4. Instruct students to write and sign the pledge on each test and each piece of work that is to be done independently.
  5. Impress upon students their responsibility to report all suspected instances of cheating, plagiarism, or other violations of both the Honor Code and the class requirements.
  6. Explain all requirements for take home tests.
  7. On papers professors may:
    1. grant that a paper be proofread by parties other than the author;
    2. prescribe limitations on the sources to be used;
    3. make special stipulations concerning crediting of sources;
    4. grant permission to any student to submit any work which they have, or another student has, submitted for credit in any other course; and/or
    5. prohibit the use of computer programs which check spelling and grammar.
  8. On written homework and laboratory reports, students may:
    1. work together provided that each member of the group understands the work being done, and the instructor has authorized this procedure; and/or
    2. report their individual data as observed in their experiment.
  9. On written homework and laboratory reports, professors may:
    1. require that all or part of the assignment be done by each student individually; and/or
    2. require that secondary sources consulted be credited. (Student Handbook 2002-03)