The College has an Honor Code and takes it seriously. Before students enter Middlebury College, they are required to sign a document stating that they have read the code and understand it, and they are given a multi-step orientation to the Honor Code upon their arrival. Middlebury believes that student adherence to the Honor Code as a shared responsibility: it is the responsibility of the faculty to provide clear instructions in their syllabi on preferred citation practices and on their expectations for each assignment regarding independent or collaborative work, and access to sources; it is the responsibility of the students to seek clarification from their professors if they are unclear on any of these elements.
- Note that students are expected to sign the honor pledge—“I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment”—on all written work submitted.
- You should also be aware that any exams that you give must be unproctored. After passing out the exam and answering questions about it, you should leave the room.
However, following a comprehensive review by the Honor Code Review Committee in 2008-09, the student body and the faculty ratified several changes to the Honor Code Constitution. These changes include the following:
- Although examinations are normally unproctored, faculty may now request permission from the Dean of the College to proctor examinations in his or her course. The request must be based on an instructor’s concern that students will cheat in the course. If approved, the permission will apply to the remainder of the semester. For further details on the College’s Honor Code, you should consult the online College Handbook.
We strongly advise faculty to discuss the issue of plagiarism in all classes that involve writing papers, so that students are familiar with your expectations regarding their use of secondary sources, if any, and the way in which sources are appropriately documented in your field. As noted above, you should also be clear about what level of collaboration among students, if any, is desired or acceptable in their completion of homework assignments. Please remind students that duplicate use of written work is also a violation of the Honor Code.
The Academic Honesty section of the Middlebury College Handbook spells out the particulars of the Honor Code, and the Honor Code web site outlines procedures to follow if there are violations. If you have any questions about the Honor Code that your departmental colleagues cannot answer, please contact Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life Karen Guttentag (firstname.lastname@example.org).