Honor System

All VCUQatar students are presumed upon enrollment to be familar with and have an understanding of the Honor System, including its:

  • Purpose;
  • Meaning of the terminology used;
  • Rules, Responsibilties and Procedures

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Arabic translation of the Honor System Policy Statement. 

Honor System - Policy Statement and Purpose

Virginia Commonwealth University (“VCU or “university”) is committed to: the intellectual and academic success of a diverse student body; research and discovery that advances knowledge, inspires creativity, and improves human health; and the global engagement of students, faculty, and staff that transforms lives and communities. In pursuit of these goals, the university’s core values are accountability, achievement, collaboration, freedom, innovation, service, diversity, and integrity.

VCU recognizes that honesty, truth, and integrity are values central to its mission to advance knowledge and student success both in the world VCU students will enter, or return to, once they have graduated and in the university community as a microcosm of that world. In a community devoted to learning, a foundation of honor must exist if that community is to thrive with respect and harmony. Therefore, all members of the university community must conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty, ethics, and integrity at all times. Additional standards of academic and professional integrity consistent with this Honor System may apply to students in professional programs.

Because academic dishonesty is a violation of the profound trust of the entire academic community, the Honor System intends to:

  • Foster an environment at VCU where academic dishonesty is not tolerated;
  • Prevent any student from gaining, or attempting to gain, an unfair advantage over other students through academic misconduct;
  • Define what constitutes academic misconduct and what conduct is expected of all members of the university community;
  • Cultivate a centralized system of education and awareness of the Honor System; and
  • Instill in members of the university community their responsibility for upholding academic integrity by recognizing that:
  • There is NO neutral stance when dishonesty occurs;
  • Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of academic dishonesty is not a neutral act;
  • Failure to take action detracts from a community of trust; and
  • Knowingly allowing others to represent the work of others as their own is as serious an offense as submitting another’s work as your own.

It is important to report EVERY suspected incident of academic misconduct to ensure consistency across courses and departments, due process rights, appropriate response to repeated academic misconduct, and protection from unfounded allegations of misconduct.

The Honor System prohibits the following acts of academic misconduct as defined below:

  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Facilitation

The Honor System seeks to end the misconduct in question, prevent a reoccurrence of similar misconduct, and remedy the effects of the misconduct on the university community.

The following pledge applies to EVERY examination, paper, or academic exercise unless specifically exempted by the instructor:

  • On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment, and I pledge that I am in compliance with the VCU Honor System.”

Neither the presence nor the absence of a signed pledge statement shall exempt a student from the requirements of the Honor System. 

Noncompliance with the requirements of the Honor System may result in disciplinary action for students, staff, or faculty, including expulsion or termination. VCU supports an environment free from retaliation. Retaliation against anyone who brings forth a good faith concern, asks a clarifying question, or participates in an investigation is prohibited by VCU policy in accordance with federal and state law. 


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