Page 6 - BSC Student Handbook 2012-2013

The Honor Pledge
As a member of the student body of Birming-
ham-Southern College, I realize my responsibility
to the traditions of the institution, to my fellow
students and to myself. I recognize the signifi-
cance of the Honor System, and I pledge that I
will not lie, cheat, or steal as a member of the
Birmingham-Southern College community.
A Code of Honor was originally adopted by a
popular vote of the student body of Birmingham-
Southern College. It was revised in the Spring of
This revision separated the Honor Code,
which applies to lying, cheating, and stealing, from
the policies and procedures applied to social behav-
ior. Its purpose is to present an atmosphere in which
an individual’s integrity, sense of responsibility, and
ability to engage in creative independent scholarship
can be nurtured. As a student learns to handle inde-
pendence, the student also assumes responsibility
for his or her actions. Recognizing this fact, the stu-
dents, faculty, and administration at Birmingham-
Southern College have agreed to a system of ethics
known as the honor system.
The honor system is exemplified in the Honor
Code. As a student covenant, its enforcement
depends upon each and every individual student.
Not only is each student responsible for his or her
own actions, but also he or she is responsible for
maintaining the whole system of honor. The individ-
ual is responsible, along with his or her fellow stu-
dents, for the governance of the honor system. The
faculty and administration have agreed to encourage
and cooperate with the students in this effort.
The Honor Code establishes an Honor Council
composed of 15 students as selected by the SGA.
This Council is charged with hearing cases concern-
ing lying, cheating, and stealing. The Honor Council
process is guided and advised by Faculty Advisors
and the Dean of Students, unless the Dean is
unavailable. In such cases, the Vice President for
Student Development or other appropriate person-
nel in Student Development may fill the role of the
Dean during the investigation or hearing phases of
the process. The Honor Council hearings occur on
Monday evenings unless the Dean of Students
deems otherwise necessary. Any honor violations
governing student behavior or academic violations
are brought before the Honor Council. Students
must recognize the Council’s role of upholding the
Honor Code and should expect the court to abide
by and uphold the three tenets of the Honor Code
which are honesty, integrity, and truth. While the
role of students in maintaining the Honor Code is
crucial, the ultimate responsibility for campus
governance rests with the President of the College
and other designated administrators as delegated by
the Board of Trustees.
Several areas of academic concern should be
All tests at Birmingham-Southern
College are conducted under the Honor Code.
Instructors leave the room during the examina-
tion and students are on their honor to do their
own work. The Honor Pledge should be abbrevi-
ated on the outside of the test, and signed by the
student before handing in the examination. The
student should leave all books and materials
which are not permitted to be used on the test
either in the hall outside the classroom, or next
to the wall in front of the classroom. Students
should not take the test outside the designated
classroom except under extenuating circum-
stances or by prior arrangement.
Out-of-Class Work:
Work prepared out of class
should be that of the individual. Any assistance
from fellow students, books, periodicals, or other
materials should be carefully acknowledged.
Instructors should give specific guidance regard-
ing what constitutes a violation of the Honor
Code. If there is doubt, a question should be
raised by the student.
Use of Old Quizzes and Papers:
While there is
a difference of opinion with regard to the use of
old tests and term papers, it is generally conced-
ed that there is value in studying tests that have
been given previously, and in reading papers from
previous classes. A student should be careful,
however, that these materials are used properly;
he or she should never copy a section of another
person’s term paper and submit it as his or her
own. In addition, a student should not submit a
paper of his or her own which has previously
been submitted in another course, unless specifi-
cally given permission by the instructor of the
current course. Students should seek guidance