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Honor Code Violation

The resources listed below provide information regarding the University Honor Code.

University Honor Code

University Honor Code Council (report violations to your college faculty or student representative)

Violations of the Honor Code include, but are not limited to, the following acts that violate academic integrity:

1. Lying: Lying is the statement of an untruth with the intent to mislead fellow students, faculty, patients, hospital staff, or administrative officials. Lying includes "lies of omission" or failure to divulge voluntarily the whole and complete truth. Fabrication or falsification of information (verbal or written) in any academic or clinical exercise is in violation of the Honor Code. Lying also includes any false testimony presented during Preliminary or Formal Hearings.

2. Cheating: All tests, quizzes, written work, laboratory work, research, and examinations at the Medical University of South Carolina are conducted under the Honor Code. Cheating is defined as using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, devices, material, or study aids in or prior to examinations or any other academic work; or cheating or attempting to prevent others from using authorized assistance, material or study aids.

a. Plagiarism: intentionally or unintentionally using the ideas, information, work, or writings of another person and accepting credit for the work as one's own without proper acknowledgment on any paper, test, essay, lab work, research, or similar course activity.

b. Altering records: misrepresenting or tampering with transcripts, academic records, research data, or computer programs; obtaining or using another's ID code, social security number, or electronic password.

c. Knowingly using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting, any or all of or in part of the contents of an examination or other assignment not authorized for release, including the use of previously administered exams without the permission of the instructor.

3. Stealing: Possession of MUSC property or another individual's private property without permission or knowledge.

4. Any of the following also constitute a violation of the Honor Code, but this list should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.

a. Facilitating academic dishonesty: colluding with another in the violation of any provision of this code.

b. Breach of appropriate standards of behavior in the presence of patients.

c. Breach of confidentiality with respect to information about patients.

d. The use of pressure, threat, abuse, bribery, or other practices that results in harassment.

e. The failure to report any violation of this Honor Code or the withholding of evidence pertinent to any case under investigation.

5. Unauthorized entry or presence in any office, laboratory, clinic, or other location is a violation of the Honor Code. Likewise, the purposeful or malicious abuse or destruction of any instruments, equipment, supplies, property, or books constitutes an offense of the Honor Code.

6.  Inappropriate use of technology on the MUSC network, as articulated in all MUSC policies that govern the use of information technology, including but not limited to the MUSC Computer Use Policy.

a.  Inappropriate use of a program template (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) as a component of course exams or class assignments that was not original work generated by the student.  This includes use of templates generated for previous classes/exams or templates generated by another classmate unless prior approval is obtained from the course instructor.

b.  Unauthorized sharing or use of copyrighted works (which can include but may not be limited to: PowerPoint presentations, music, or other copyrighted material)


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