Honor Code Guidelines


Detailed information on Honor Code is available at:  www.asuc.org/honorcode/


The student community at UC Berkeley has adopted the following Honor Code:

“As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others.”  The hope and expectation is that you will adhere to this code.


Collaboration and Independence:  Reviewing lecture and reading materials and studying for exams can be enjoyable and enriching things to do with fellow students.  This is recommended.  However, while you can discuss homeworks, homework assignments are to be completed independently and materials submitted as homework should be the result of one’s own independent work.


Cheating:  A good lifetime strategy is always to act in such a way that no one would ever imagine that you would even consider cheating.  Anyone caught cheating on a quiz or exam in this course will receive a failing grade in the course and will also be reported to the University Center for Student Conduct.  In order to guarantee that you are not suspected of cheating, please keep your eyes on your own materials and do not converse with others during the quizzes and exams. 


Plagiarism:  To copy text or ideas from another source without appropriate reference is plagiarism and will result in a failing grade for your assignment and usually further disciplinary action.  For additional information on plagiarism and how to avoid it, see, for example:  http://gsi.berkeley.edu/teachingguide/misconduct/prevent-plag.html


Academic Integrity and Ethics:  Cheating on exams and plagiarism are two common examples of dishonest, unethical behavior.  Honesty and integrity are of great importance in all facets of life.  They help to build a sense of self-confidence, and are key to building trust within relationships, whether personal or professional.  There is no tolerance for dishonesty in the academic world, for it undermines what we are dedicated to doing – furthering knowledge for the benefit of humanity.


Your experience as a student at UC Berkeley is hopefully fueled by passion for learning and replete with fulfilling activities.  And we also appreciate that being a student may be stressful.  There may be times when there is temptation to engage in some kind of cheating in order to improve a grade or otherwise advance your career.  This could be as blatant as having someone else sit for you in an exam, or submitting a written assignment that has been copied from another source.  And it could be as subtle as glancing at a fellow student’s exam when you are unsure of an answer to a question and are looking for some confirmation.  One might do any of these things and potentially not get caught.  However, if you cheat, no matter how much you may have learned in this class, you have failed to learn perhaps the most important lesson of all.

Students found cheating will receive an F grade for the course.