The Code of Integrity

Members of the Illinois College community endeavor to embrace excellence in all that they do. These qualities of personal and academic excellence are reflected in the integrity exhibited by each and every member of the community. Embracing respect, justice, and openness toward one another and service as a way of life, the Illinois College community supports one another in the journey to be the “best that we can be”. The Illinois College community is founded on the principles of excellence, integrity, respect and communication in pursuit of developing students committed to achieving high levels of scholarship, leadership and service in the liberal arts. 

Student life integrity is the upholding of policies stated in the Blue Book.  Examples of violations of student life integrity include, but are not limited to, the following: policy fines, student organization policies, and on campus parking tickets.

Academic integrity is the completing of course tasks with one’s own ideas and/or accurately acknowledging sources.  Violations of academic integrity include the following acts: plagiarism, cheating, falsification, bribery, and collusion. A fuller definition of cheating can be found here.
When a faculty member encounters a student who has cheated, he or she should follow this process:
  • She or he will contact the office of Academic Affairs to determine if this is the student’s first offense. If so, they will execute a consequence that seems appropriate. They will submit documentation or evidence of cheating and their punishment to the Office of Academic Affairs within five (5) class days.
  • If the incident is not the student’s first offense, the faculty member will submit the evidence of cheating to the Office of Academic Affairs, which will investigate the incident and mete out an appropriate punishment. This may include suspension or dismissal.
  • If a student accepts the finding of cheating and the punishment, no further action is needed.
  • If a student wishes to appeal the finding of cheating and/or the severity of the punishment, they must make an appeal in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs within five (5) class days of receiving notification of the accusation of cheating and punishment.
The Office of Academic Affairs will organize a meeting of the Honor Board to hear the student’s appeal within five (5) class days. The Honor Board will consist of two students and two faculty members.

The Office of Academic Affairs will report the Board’s decision to the student as quickly as possible and must do so within five (5) class days.  The Board’s decision is final.  All materials related to Academic Integrity Hearings will be retained by the Office of Academic Affairs for one year after the student graduates and then will be destroyed. 

If the incident is the student’s first Honor Code violation and the punishment is a zero (0) on the test or assignment, the student may withdraw from the class as long as they do so before the withdrawal deadline.

If they have begun the appeal process before the deadline but the Honor Board has not issued a ruling before the deadline, the deadline for that student to withdraw from the class will be extended to the date of the hearing plus six (6) class days.

If the incident is the student’s first Honor Code violation and the punishment is an F in the class, the student may not withdraw from the class.

If the incident is not the student’s first Honor Code violation, they cannot withdraw from the class.

The Code of Integrity and procedures can be found in the Illinois College BLUEbook.

Click to read the Honor Code in its entirety.

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