MBA Honor Code and policies

Honor Code

The purpose of the University of Iowa MBA Honor Code is to ensure honorable and ethical behavior by MBA students. By accepting admission into a University of Iowa MBA program, a student implicitly agrees to follow the University of Iowa MBA Honor Code. Each student accepts personal responsibility to uphold and defend academic integrity and to promote an atmosphere in which all individuals may flourish. By agreeing to the Honor Code:

  • I commit to scholastic honesty and integrity 
  • I agree to maintain the spirit of the Honor Code
  • I strive to set a standard of honest and ethical behavior that reflects well on me, the Tippie College of Business, and the University of Iowa.

Faculty, teaching assistants, and staff who discover Honor Code violations must report the violation to the senior associate dean of the Tippie College of Business. A student who witnesses an Honor Code violation but fails to report it, threatens the spirit of the code. The Tippie College of Business encourages students to report Honor Code violations to the course instructor or to the relevant program dean.

Report a violation

To report an honor code violation, please complete an incident report

All nonacademic violations are referred directly to the Office of Student Accountability. The following is a nonexhaustive list of punishable offenses under the Honor Code. To provide additional notice, the Judicial Board (full-time MBA only) will create unidentified records of all decided cases and will make those records publicly available.

1. Cheating includes:

  • unauthorized use of notes, texts, or other aids during a test or quiz;
  • copying the work of others and/or allowing others to view your answers or copy your work during a test, quiz, or on homework;
  • continuing to work on an exam after time is called;
  • allowing other parties to assist in the completion of your test, quiz, homework, paper, or project when not permitted.

2. Plagiarism includes:

  • presenting the work of others without proper acknowledgment;
  • claiming the words and ideas of another as one's own;
  • failure to properly cite and specifically credit the source of both text and web materials in papers, projects, or other assignments;
  • copying source codes, graphs, programs, and spreadsheets;
  • copying answer keys and solution manuals without the authorization of the course instructor.

3. Unauthorized collaboration includes:

  • working with other students on projects or assignments without authorization from the course instructor.

Instructors are expected to specify in writing on the assignment or the syllabus the amount of collaboration that is allowed.

4. Obtaining an unfair advantage includes:

  • stealing, reproducing, circulating, or otherwise gaining access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by an instructor;
  • retaining, possessing, using, or circulating previously given examination materials, when those materials are to be returned to the instructor;
  • intentionally obstructing or interfering with another student's academic work, or otherwise undertaking activity with the purpose of creating or obtaining an unfair academic advantage over 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 without proper authorization.

6. Facilitating academic dishonesty includes:

  • helping or attempting to help another individual commit an act of academic dishonesty.

7. Resume misrepresentation includes:

  • providing false information on your resume including work history, academic performance, or leadership activities.

Policies and procedures

This document outlines the policies and procedures of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business MBA Programs. If a section does not distinguish between MBA programs, it applies to all programs. Differences in the policies and procedures among the programs are identified.

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