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CREATION OF A NEW STUDENT HONOR CODE AND RENAMING THE CURRENT HONOR CODE TO THE UNIVERSITY CODE OF CONDUCT

On behalf of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, Chair Martha F. Hilley (professor, music) submitted the following new Student Honor Code and the renaming of the current “Honor Code” to “University Code of Conduct.”

The Student Honor Code originated in the Senate of College Councils, and on October 18, 2012, the Senate adopted S.R. 1203 in support of the proposal (see Appendix A). On January 7, 2013, in consultation with the president, the Faculty Council Executive Committee discussed the student’s resolution and determined that the current Honor Code, which applies to all students, faculty, and staff, be renamed “University Code of Conduct” and from the resolution submitted by the Senate of College Councils, create a new Student Honor Code.

The secretary has classified this report as being of general interest. Chair Hilley will present the report at the Faculty Council meeting on January 28, 2013. The Council will vote to endorse the report; no further action will be required of the Faculty Council.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary

General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 14, 2013.


CREATION OF A NEW STUDENT HONOR CODE AND RENAMING THE CURRENT HONOR CODE TO THE UNIVERSITY CODE OF CONDUCT

Core Purpose and Values [to remain unchanged]
Core Purpose
To transform lives for the benefit of society.
Core Values
Learning:            A caring community, all of us students, helping one another grow.

Discovery:          Expanding knowledge and human understanding.

Freedom:            To seek the truth and express it.

Leadership:         The will to excel with integrity and the spirit that nothing is impossible.

Individual Opportunity:  Many options, diverse people and ideas, one university

Responsibility:    To serve as a catalyst for positive change in Texas and beyond.
Current Honor Code [to become the “University Code of Conduct”]
The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity and responsibility.  Each member of the university is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness and respect toward peers and community.
Proposed Student Honor Code
As a student of The University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the university and uphold academic integrity.
Failing to “uphold academic integrity” and, therefore, violating the Student Honor Code, is defined as committing an act of “academic dishonesty,” which, according to the university’s Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities (Appendix C, Chapter 11, “Student Discipline and Conduct,” Section 11-402, “Academic Dishonesty”)
. . . includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two classes without the prior permission of the instructor), or the attempt to commit such an act.