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Tippie College Undergraduate Honor Code

Students in the Undergraduate Program in the Tippie College of Business adhere to an honor code that provides an ethical guide that emphasizes the importance of honesty and integrity in their academic and preprofessional lives. The Honor Code is supported by the Judicial Board.

Expectations and the College's Values

Tippie's goal is to prepare our students to be competent professionally and ethically. Developed by and for students, our Honor Code sets the expectation that Tippie students develop socially and ethically based behaviors and values and that these principles guide their decision making and actions. The spirit of the Honor Code is a primary component of the Undergraduate Program's mission and supports the components of the college's values.

Personal Responsibility

Each student enrolled in Henry B. Tippie College of Business courses accepts personal responsibility to uphold and defend academic integrity and to promote an atmosphere in which all individuals may flourish. Through the Honor Code, Tippie students commit to:

  • Scholastic honesty and integrity
  • Maintain the spirit of the Honor Code
  • Set a standard of honest and ethical behavior that reflects well on Tippie students, the Tippie College of Business, and the University of Iowa

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct should be reported online. Behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:

Honor Code Offenses

If students are charged with academic misconduct or a violation of the Honor Code, they are contacted-using their UI email address--by the course instructor and the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program.

If a student appeals a charge of academic misconduct or a violation of the Honor Code, the appeal is investigated and adjudicated by the Judicial Board.

Nonacademic Violations

All nonacademic violations are referred directly to the Division of Student Life on the UI campus and the academic director of the CIMBA undergraduate campus for students participating in CIMBA.

Sanctions for Honor Code Violations

Sanctions for Honor Code violations are determined by the course instructor and identified in the course syllabus. The range of possible sanctions for Honor Code violations within a course is as follows:

Homework and other course assignments: Zero score, and/or reduced course grade, including the possibility of a failing grade in the course.

Group assignments/projects: Reduced assignment grade for all group members. Zero score, and/or reduced course grade, including the possibility of a failing grade in the course, for the group member(s) responsible for the violation.

Quiz and Examinations: Zero score, and/or reduced course grade, including the possibility of a failing grade in the course.

Consequences of an Honor Code Violation

A student's Honor Code violation will be considered by the admission committee if the student applies for admission to the Tippie undergraduate program. If a student commits a second violation of the Honor Code, or a very serious first offense, the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program may impose an additional sanction, including but not limited to a suspension from the Tippie College of Business for one calendar year or longer. The student's suspension will be noted on their academic transcript with the statement, "Not Permitted to Register: Academic Misconduct."

Student Appeals

Students charged with violating the Honor Code may file an appeal with the Judicial Board. Appeal from a Judicial Board decision may be made to the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program. The decision of the Associate Dean may be appealed to the Senior Associate Dean for the Tippie College of Business. Final appeals may be filed with the University's Office of the Provost.

Policy Affecting Dropping Classes

Effective Spring 2012

Students enrolled in a course offered by the Henry B. Tippie College of Business found guilty of an Honor Code violation may not drop the course if the instructor is unwilling to approve the drop. Students may, however, be eligible to retake the course in accordance with applicable second-grade-only option policies; see the Tippie College of Business policy and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences policy.