Embracing an Honor Code:
Membership in a Community of Integrity
A college education is not only about “knowing” things or about developing “skills” specific for the workplace. It must also encourage you to embrace values and develop character. Merriam-Webster has defined integrity as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.” Acting with integrity, then, means valuing honesty in others and acting honestly yourself. Acting on strong moral principles, our sense of what is right and wrong, has to do with how we treat others. At Daytona State College, All Members of the community -- faculty, staff, administrators, and students -- are expected to act with honesty and to treat others with dignity and respect. Thus ALL are asked to embrace the Honor Pledge and to live up to it.
Academic Integrity refers more specifically to the
honest presentation of your own work.
Instructors design their tests, papers, or other projects, as learning activities. Even a good test, is a learning opportunity and not only an assessment. Therefore, cheating on tests or submitting someone else’s work as your own is not only dishonest, but it also involves skipping the very activities that foster to learning, which is, after all, the real point of education.
Within this culture of integrity, we make many assumptions, things which are expected even if they are not specifically stated. As you join this DSC Community of Integrity, you too should make the following assumptions:
- All work you submit to your instructor should be your own work and no one else’s.
- You should not allow other students to use and submit your own work as if it were their own.
- If you use other sources, you must clearly and correctly cite and document your use of those sources following an accepted style guide (APA, MLA, etc.).
- You should never collaborate with others or share your work with others unless your instructor has explicitly allowed to or encouraged such collaboration.
- You must ask your instructor for permission if you wish to submit a paper written for another course in response to an assignment. (Self-Plagiarism / Duplicate Submission)
Refer to Forms of Academic Dishonesty for more detail about Violations of Academic Integrity (VAI).