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Introduction

Honesty-logoThe University of Georgia seeks to promote and ensure academic honesty and personal integrity among students and other members of the university community. Academic honesty is defined broadly and simply—the performance of all academic work without cheating, lying, stealing, or receiving assistance from any other person or using any source of information not appropriately authorized or attributed. Academic honesty is vital to the very fabric and integrity of the university. All students must comply with an appropriate and sound academic honesty policy and code of honest behavior. All members of the university community are responsible for creating and maintaining an honest university, and all must work together to ensure the success of the policy and code of behavior. All members of the university are responsible for knowing and understanding the policy on academic honesty.

A Culture of Honesty, the academic honesty policy and procedures of the University of Georgia, will be made readily available to all students and instructors to ensure understanding of the academic honesty system and its proper functioning. The complete policy is available here for download.

It is the responsibility of all members of the university community to be informed concerning this policy. Where suspected violations of the academic honesty policy occur, appropriate procedures are designed to protect the academic process and integrity while ensuring due process. The academic honesty system is an academic process founded on educational opportunities, not a judicial process focused on adjudications.

This policy is adopted by the university to further its academic mission. In the interest of fairness, the policy requires notice to a student who is believed to have violated this policy, provides for a Facilitated Discussion between the student and the instructor to seek a fair resolution, and if no resolution can be found, allows for a Continued Discussion with an Academic Honesty Panel.  These procedures are designed to 1) protect the rights and interests of students and other members of the university community, 2) guarantee fundamental fairness to all, and 3) ensure order. The forums used in academic honesty matters are intended to enhance educational opportunities while providing appropriate consequences when academic dishonesty occurs.