“As a member of Babson’s Community of Honor, I pledge to be true to my work, my word, and my friend.”
While educational and social opportunities will be offered to you, as members of Babson’s Community of Honor, it is your personal responsibility to know, understand, and abide by the Honor Code and seek clarification when needed from faculty, staff, and fellow students. Specifically, you must:
Demonstrate a commitment to and accept responsibility for acting in accordance with the Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code.
Understand the policies for academic honesty and integrity and community expectations, as they are set forth in the Undergraduate Student Handbook (pdf), and the Graduate Handbook (pdf).
Take personal responsibility for knowing and following any additional written or verbal requirements in your course work provided by the faculty on individual projects, papers, assignments, or exams for a specific course.
For your course work, you will be required to affirm your understanding of and commitment to the academic honesty and integrity expectations set forth in the Code. You will be required to write the following pledge on every exam, paper, project, or other academic exercise: “I pledge my honor that I have neither received nor provided unauthorized assistance during the completion of this work.” You are expected to handwrite the pledge on your work without being prompted to do so by your faculty member or you may sign a pledge that already is provided on your assignment, project, or exam. Signing the pledge is a requisite for all assignments to be graded. While failure to sign the pledge is not an honor violation, it is not a defense for an Honor Code violation. Your refusal to write or sign the pledge will warrant an explanation to the faculty member.
Your failure to take appropriate steps to fully understand the Honor Code will be neither an acceptable nor tolerable excuse for any Honor Code offense. Honor is not an option for you or any other Babson student; it is an expectation and requirement of this community. Your expressed commitment to understand and abide by the Code is a requirement of your continued enrollment at Babson, and you will be asked to reaffirm your understanding of and commitment to the Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code throughout your years as a Babson student.
Faculty and Staff Responsibilities
Babson faculty and staff also play a vital role in building our Community of Honor by upholding the principles and expectations of the Honor Code in the environments in which you live and learn.
Faculty members foster an environment that is conducive to academic honesty and integrity by:
Informing students that academic dishonesty of any kind is considered to be an Honor Code violation and that students are expected to know, understand, and adhere to all institutional academic integrity policies.
Identifying specific academic honesty and integrity expectations for an individual course or assignment within a course when deemed appropriate. Any academic integrity violations related to specific course expectations also will be considered an Honor Code violation.
Providing in each course syllabus a written reference to the Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code and its policies for academic honesty and integrity, including the Honor Code Pledge, which students are required to sign.
Implementing precautions, as necessary and when able, to ensure that the environment in which examinations, projects, papers, and other assignments are given minimizes the risk of Honor Code violations.
Adhering to the policy pertaining to the reporting and adjudication of Honor Code violations.
Staff members will collaborate with student leadership on campus to develop, communicate, and uphold Code expectations. You are responsible for reaching out to faculty and staff to seek clarification on Code expectations. A failure to successfully implement any of the above will be neither an acceptable nor tolerable excuse for any Honor Code violation.