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How it Works

The Smeal Honor Code is a shared responsibility. Smeal students, faculty and administrators all play a key role in strengthening our community of trust. Trust is established when both parties know what is expected, and they commit to uphold those expectations.

The Smeal College of Business Honor Code is the responsibility of all who are a part of the Smeal Community. First and foremost, do not cheat. Think about the consequences. Sanctions for breaking the Honor Code range from an academic warning to dismissal from the college. Is it really worth it? Do you really want to explain for the rest of your collegiate career and beyond why you thought it was okay to take the easy way out?

Your responsibilities do not end with simply not cheating. As a member of the Smeal community, it is your duty to make sure others are upholding the Honor Code. If you see classmates cheating, you have an obligation to report them. By cheating they are devaluing the Smeal name; how many companies are going to recruit from Smeal if it has a reputation for dishonest professionals?

There are various options for reporting:

  • Talk to your Professor: They are your first line of defense. Even if you are not sure whether or not what you saw is considered cheating, go and seek them out; it is always better to err on the side of caution.
  • Talk to your Teaching Assistant: If you don’t feel like you can approach your professor, your TA might be the better choice. They will be able to answer your questions, provide guidance, and point you in the right direction.
  • Talk to an Honor & Integrity Contact: Reach out to someone on this list.