Faculty Checklist of Recommended Practices:
- Put a statement of the application of the Honor Code on your syllabus.
- Sample syllabus statements:
- “Vanderbilt’s Honor Code governs all work in this course (e.g., tests, papers, and homework assignments).”
- “All academic work at Vanderbilt is done under the Honor System.”
- Also provide helpful details for your course:
- Detail permissible and impermissible behaviors:
- Students may collaborate on homework, but not . . .
- Rough drafts must include proper citations . . .
- You are permitted and encouraged to discuss the answers to the suggested problems with other students, TAs, and faculty . . .
- Set your own expectations for academic propriety.
- Introduce your policy – particularly for grey areas, such as group work – on the first day of class.
- Remind students of your policy in week two of the course and around midterms.
- Build parameters and expectations into assignments for graded work.
- Require that students sign the Honor Pledge on all graded work (“I pledge on my honor that I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment.”).
- Maintain an open door policy and encourage students to ask questions about expectations for assignments, citation preferences, and group work.
Vanderbilt Resources on Process and Practice:
- Mary Helen Solomon, Director, Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity
- Jeremy Bourgoin, Assistant Director, Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity
- G.L. Black, Assistant Provost and Deputy Dean of Students
- Undergraduate Honor Council student members and faculty advisers
- Your department chair or director of undergraduate (or graduate) studies
- Your school’s Associate Dean
Vanderbilt Educational Resources:
English Language Center iBook–How to Avoid Plagiarism
The Center for Teaching
The Writing Studio
The Heard Library System – Contact Your Liaison