The resources presented on this page are designed to help faculty customize and strengthen their syllabus statements. As a reminder, Texas A&M University, Faculty Senate, and academic leadership established the following to be included in each course syllabus regarding academic integrity:
“An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do.”
“Texas A&M University students are responsible for authenticating all work submitted to an instructor. If asked, students must be able to produce proof that the item submitted is indeed the work of that student. Students must keep appropriate records at all times. The inability to authenticate one’s work, should the instructor request it, may be sufficient grounds to initiate an academic misconduct case” (Section 184.108.40.206, Student Rule 20).
You can learn more about the Aggie Honor System Office Rules and Procedures, academic integrity, and your rights and responsibilities at: http://aggiehonor.tamu.edu.
Faculty may supplement this minimum syllabus requirement with course-specific expectations. In an attempt to assist faculty as they build these suppplemental statements, the Aggie Honor System Office has compiled these resources from faculty peers and colleagues. They have given permission for other faculty to use, modify, and edit these statements for inclusion in their own academic policies.
Submit your Supplemental Syllabus Statement If you would like to share your personal academic integrity statement for your colleagues to utilize, please submit a copy of it online and the Aggie Honor System Office may host it here. We are happy to update your statements at any point, so feel free to submit revisions using this same form.
Academic Integrity Statement and Policy “An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do.” (Dr. Roblyer’s Note: Why? Because trust is the foundation of honor and of education. Without trust this university and our world would become a miserable, horrid place.)
Dr. Roblyer’s Addendum: As a Former Student, faculty member, retired military officer, father, and Roblyer, I take the Aggie Honor Code very seriously. I want all of you to do the same, going beyond the memorization of the 13 words it contains to actually knowing why it exists and how it is enforced. I believe this is so important that I am willing to take time to teach you about the Aggie Honor System, as well as hold myself and my students responsible for upholding it. Through assignments in this course, all of my students will learn about multiple aspects of the Honor Code and the university rules against academic misconduct that put teeth in the Code. Violations of those rules in my past courses have included:
Copying, passing, or otherwise misusing, exam, assignment, and extra credit materials
Preparing for exams with “exam-like” materials that I did not provide and have not approved
Obtaining, receiving, or providing unauthorized assistance or assistance that provides an unfair advantage
Forging, or altering excuse documentation
Copying answers during exams
Obtaining help from others on individual assignments
Because you are an Aggie, I am extending to you the trust conferred to those who fully understand and faithfully adhere to our Honor Code. Abuse of this trust will damage your honor, your academic standing, the reputation of this institution, and the foundation of the superb educational process offered here. Additionally, the university’s recommended sanction for a first-time honor violation is an F* in the course. Know that I will report and sanction all honor code violations.
All examinations in this course are closed book, closed note, and closed neighbor exams. Video monitoring and other technological means may be used to supplement documentation of acts involving [academic misconduct]. The instructors of this course regard [academic misconduct] as a very serious offense and disciplinary action will be taken. Sanctions will include a grade of zero on the examination and a grade of “F*” in the course. Unless indicated, all laboratory assignments, In Class Questions, Variable Sets, etc., are to be done independently. Sharing of lab data, In Class Questions, Variable Set answers, Visual Physiology, etc., is not allowed. Use of unauthorized materials for exam review or sharing of exam information with other students is not allowed.
[Academic Misconduct] of any form is not tolerated in this course. If you engage in an act of [academic misconduct], there is a very high probability that you will be caught. The capabilities and talents of the instructors to identify and verify cheating and their commitment to [ensuring the integrity of their course] should not be underestimated. Almost every semester, one or more students fail to take this warning seriously. Please do not jeopardize your reputation, academic studies or future professional career.