University Honor Code and Policy on Plagiarism

Honor Code

We, the students of Mars Hill University,
pledge ourselves to uphold integrity, honesty, and academic
responsibility in and out of the classroom.

Honor Pledge

On my honor, I have neither given nor received
any academic aid or information
that would violate the Honor Code
of Mars Hill University.


Mars Hill students are expected to know how to recognize and avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is presenting other people’s work as your own. Using another person’s idea, words, or work is theft, just as surely as is the theft of a car, CD player, or other tangible property. As members of the academic community, students must be mindful of other people’s property. Failure to respect such property rights is considered a serious and punishable violation of the Mars Hill University Honor Code.

Plagiarism is:

  • Presenting someone else’s idea but not giving credit for it (implying the idea is yours).
  • Presenting someone else’s words without giving credit.
  • Submitting any work which was done by someone else (including another student) and claiming it is your own work. Examples: lab reports and computer assignments.

A student who plagiarizes an assignment is violating the Honor Code. Penalties for violations are determined by the Honor Council or by the instructor of the course in which the incident occurred and range from a zero on the assignment up to and including suspension from the college.

The Honor Council consists of ten members (six students and four faculty representatives, with the Director of Judicial and Leadership Programs as a non-voting member) and is responsible for enforcement of the Honor Code. Refer to the Student Handbook for a full description of the Honor Council and the procedure governing hearings.

Types of Honor Code Violations

Cheating - plagiarism, cheat sheets, handing in someone else’s work as one’s own—for example: material from the Internet, helping someone in class in a manner that is considered cheating, giving or receiving any information that is prohibited.
Lying - lying about any offense under the Honor Code and Honor Pledge.
Stealing - only in those violations that are not covered by the Student Code of Conduct.

Academic Appeals Procedure

Only academic matters come under these guidelines. Personnel matters are handled by administrators; social issues in student life go through Student Government Association judicial procedures. The rights and responsibilities of the faculty and students in the academic areas of campus life are included in the Student Handbook. The statement of a grievance and the appeal of a decision should follow procedures that encourage fairness, civility, and responsible citizenship and should not infringe upon the rights of either students or instructors. For details, consult the Mars Hill University Student Handbook, Section 4.6 Academic Appeals Procedure.