Reporting Honor Code Violations

Report an Honor Code violation with this online form.

Appealing Honor Code Violations

Appeal an alleged Honor Code violation with this online form.

Judicial Board Procedures

Learn about the procedures followed by the Judicial Board here.

Fall 2011-Spring 2012 Honor Code Violations

Review a sample of Honor Code violations from fall 2011 to spring 2012.

Tippie College Undergraduate Honor Code

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.

Students in the Undergraduate Program in the Henry B. 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 Tippie College'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.

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.

Academically dishonest behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Cheating includes:
    • Unauthorized use of notes, computers, calculators, translators, cellular phones, texts, or other aids during a quiz or exam.
    • Copying the work of others and/or allowing others to view your answers or copy your work during a quiz, exam, or on homework.
    • Communicating with a classmate without authorization during a quiz or exam.
    • Continuing to work on a quiz or exam after time is called.
    • Allowing other parties to assist in the completion of your quiz, exam, homework, paper, or project when not permitted.
    • Copying or using answer keys and solution manuals without the authorization of the course instructor.
  2. Plagiarism includes:
    • When a student takes language, ideas, or other material without acknowledging their source with respect to all course assignments and materials (adapted from the Council of Writing Program Administrators definition of plagiarism).
    • When any member of a group takes language, ideas, or other material without acknowledging their source for a group project or assignment. With respect to any plagiarism found in group submitted work, each individual group member may be held fully responsible and will at least be held partially responsible for the plagiarism.
    • When a student makes multiple submissions of the same or nearly the same assignment in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor.
  3. Unauthorized Collaboration includes:
    • Working with other students on homework, projects, or other course assignments without authorization from the course instructor.

    Instructors are expected to specify on the assignment or in the syllabus the amount of collaboration that is allowed. Students are expected to check with their course instructor if they have any questions about what constitutes authorized collaboration.

  4. Obtaining an Unfair Advantage includes:
    • Stealing, reproducing, circulating, or otherwise gaining access to quiz, exam, or homework materials prior to the time authorized by an instructor.
    • Retaining, possessing, using, or circulating a previously given quiz, exam, or homework materials when those materials are to be returned to the instructor.
    • Intentionally obstructing or interfering with other students' academic work, or otherwise undertaking activity with the purpose of creating or obtaining an unfair academic advantage over other students' academic work.
  5. Forgery includes:
    • Altering a score, grade, or schedule change on an academic record.
    • Forging the signature of an instructor, advisor, dean, or another student.
  6. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty includes:
    • Helping or attempting to help another individual commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  7. Misrepresentation includes:
    • Providing false information on your resume, including work history, academic performance, leadership activities, or membership in student organizations.
    • Failure to provide information regarding academic performance or enrollments such as not providing transcripts from another college or university in which you have enrolled regardless of whether or not you completed course work.
    • Failure to provide full disclosure or providing false information about job interviews and other reasons for class absences when asking faculty for excused absences or for a make-up for a quiz, exam, or homework.

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.

The 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, the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program may impose an additional sanction, including 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.

Information about the appeal process can be found at:

tippie.uiowa.edu/undergraduate/honorcode.cfm.