Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct

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Honor Code

All students are expected to abide by the requirements of the Georgia College Honor Code as it applies to all academic work at the University. Failure to abide by the Honor Code will result in serious penalties.

Matriculation Pledge
In enrolling at Georgia College, I solemnly pledge that I will conduct myself in such a manner as to reflect credit on the Georgia College community, and I will uphold the Honor Code of the University. If I violate this Honor Code, I will accept the imposed penalty, which may include expulsion from the University.

Since 1942, there has been an Honor Code at Georgia College. This Code is a dynamic aspect of the University which helps to define its character as an institution of higher learning in the best liberal arts tradition. Through the years, this Code has given rise to an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust on the Georgia College campus.

And, as a result of periodic examination and review, the Honor Code continues to grow stronger. After undergoing thoughtful study and meticulous revision during the 1998-99 academic year, today's Honor Code reflects a renewed desire of the present student generation for an honorable community and guarantees stiff punishments for dishonorable actions.

The commitment to honor has its own rewards, but the Honor Code also brings responsibilities - a respect for the ideas, values, and property of others; a readiness to subordinate one's own interests to the interests and well-being of the whole university community; and a dedication to abide by the rules of the University.

In order to maintain an honorable campus, student commitment is vital. This commitment begins with personal integrity, extends to the refusal to condone the violation of the rules, and ends with the support of an appropriate punishment for those who violate the spirit and provisions of the Honor Code. Anything short of full commitment undermines the very essence of Georgia College honor. Those who engage in dishonorable behavior may be banned from the University for one or two semesters, or permanently.

Students who are unfamiliar with the concept of honor or who have a history of dishonorable behavior are urged to consider alternatives to Georgia College. However, those wishing to renew themselves in the spirit of honor will be invited to join the community of Georgia College by formally embracing the Honor Code at a ceremony at the beginning of their academic careers at Georgia College (the Honor Code, however, is applicable to all students who matriculate at Georgia College).

The Honor Code

It is presumed that any student who matriculates at Georgia College is willing to conform to a pattern of mutual trust and honor and shall deal honorably with all members of the university community. It must be understood that it is the responsibility of each student, faculty, and staff member to preserve, nurture, and strengthen this spirit of honor.

Georgia College students shall at all times refrain from and discourage all attempts at lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and vandalism. When a violation of the Honor Code is detected, a student should take steps to bring the matter to the attention of the Office of Student Affairs.

Violations Defined

"Lying" is defined as any attempt to deceive, falsify, or misrepresent the truth in any matter involving university business. University business includes but is not limited to, financial aid information, excuses for absences, statements to professors in order to reschedule tests or assignments, and responses to the queries of Public Safety officers.

"Cheating" is defined as the employment of or rendering of any illicit aid in any assigned work.

"Stealing" is defined as the appropriation of money or property belonging to another person, organization, or the University, or the borrowing of property without the knowledge of the owner.

"Plagiarism" is defined as presenting as one's own work the words or ideas of an author or fellow student. Students should document quotes through quotation marks and footnotes or other accepted citation methods. Ignorance of these rules concerning plagiarism is not an excuse. When in doubt, students should seek clarification from the professor who made the assignment.

"Vandalism" is defined as intentional, malicious damage to university property or property belonging to others.


The Judicial Board may, for any first offense violation of the Honor Code, impose an immediate suspension for the remainder of the current semester and possibly for one additional semester (depending on the severity of the violation). If suspended in the fall, one would be suspended for the remainder of the fall semester and possibly the spring semester; if suspended in the spring, one would be suspended for the remainder of the spring semester and possibly the following fall semester.

The normal penalty for a second Honor Code violation is immediate expulsion from the University.

Student Code of Conduct

Georgia College may discipline a student in nonacademic matters. This normally involves matters which occur on the Georgia College campus or at Georgia College-sponsored events but may be extended to off-campus matters which could reasonably be expected to impact the Georgia College community. Repeated off-campus arrests generally result in Georgia College judicial charges as well as criminal charges.

All students are expected to adhere to the stipulations of the Georgia College Honor Code, which addresses lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and vandalism.

All residence hall students are expected to adhere as well to the contract terms and stipulations listed in the University Housing Handbook.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for violating the following Code of Conduct:

  1. Underage possession or use of alcohol; illegal possession, use, or sale of controlled substances; or conduct that violates local, state, or federal laws, or Georgia College regulations regarding alcohol and other drugs.
  2. Conduct that constitutes a danger to the personal safety of other members of the university community. This may include assault, attempted assault, or the threat of assault.
  3. Conduct that obstructs, seriously impairs, attempts to obstruct, or seriously impair university-run or university-authorized activities or business on any university property, indoors or out.
  4. Acts that violate university provisions concerning parking, traffic, ID cards, university keys, smoking in unauthorized places, carrying firearms, unauthorized peddling, unauthorized use of sound-amplifying equipment, and other acts which violate local, state, or federal laws, or which violate appropriate conduct.
  5. Intentional harassment of another person. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, threatening, intimidating, verbally abusing, impeding, telephoning, communicating electronically, following or persistently bothering or annoying. Harassment may represent but is not limited to acts based on sex, race, religion, national origin, handicap, or sexual orientation.
  6. Failing to abide by disciplinary sanctions imposed by a Georgia College judicial body or authority.

Georgia College Disciplinary Policies

Disciplinary Procedures and Sanctions Policy: https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/C332

Sexual Misconduct Policy: https://www.gcsu.edu/titleix/sexual-misconduct-policy

Amnesty Policy for Alcohol and Other Drug (see section Amnesty):  http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/C332/#p4.6.5_standards_for_institutional_student_conduct_investigation