Syllabus & Test Statements

Setting clear expectations with students via your syllabus is important. When discussing academic integrity, it is best to share your obligation (and student’s obligation) to report as well as sharing the specific ways in which a student can violate our Honor Code. Lastly, outlining your standard grade penalty if the student is found responsible by the the OAI can be a helpful deterrent to academic dishonesty behavior. Please utilize the sample statement below and change it to fit your course needs.


Honor Code Syllabus Statement:

There are many ways you can address academic integrity within your syllabus. A few components that are helpful to include are the following:

  • The Honor Code policy
  • Examples of what behaviors violate the Honor Code
  • Your potential grade penalty
  • Typical grade penalties are a zero for the assignment or one letter grade lower as a final grade

Sample Statement: Every student has a role in maintaining the academic reputation of the University. Students are to refrain from engaging in plagiarism, cheating, falsifying their work, and/or assisting other students in violating the Honor Code. Two important components of the Honor Code are:

  • Faculty members are required to report potential violations of the Honor Code to the Office of Academic Integrity.
  • When a student is uncertain as to whether conduct would violate the Honor Code, it is the responsibility of the student to seek clarification from the appropriate faculty member.
  • To clarify your understanding of the Honor Code, use these resources:

    Academic Integrity Tutorial ( Instructor’s office hours The Purdue Online Writing Lab (
    Student Success Center ( The Writing Center ( University Libraries (

    Your enrollment in this class signifies your willingness to accept these responsibilities and uphold the Honor Code of the University of South Carolina. Please review the Honor Code via Any deviation from this expectation can result in a (insert academic penalty here) and a referral to the Office of Academic Integrity.

    Lab Syllabus Statement: 

    Many of our cases come from classes where students work in groups to complete lab assignments, but are expected to write their lab report as an individual. This statement will be helpful to include in your syllabus to clarify expectations. 

    Sample Statement: In this course students will complete lab assignments with a partner and you are encouraged to work together on completing the data collection. However, all lab reports must be the work of the individual student and may not be copied from another student’s work, the text, or any other source. Any discussion with your lab partner should be limited to discussing general terms and big picture concepts. You are encouraged not to share your lab report with other student’s electronically or work on developing your lab report together.

    Collaboration Syllabus Statement:

    Unauthorized assistance is one of the most common violation that occurs at UofSC. Therefore, it is helpful to state clear guidelines on how student’s can or cannot work together. 

    Sample Statement: A student’s grades are to represent to what extent that individual student has mastered the course content. As such, students should assume that they are to complete course work individually (without the use of another person or un-cited outside source) unless otherwise indicated by the instructor. It is the responsibility of each student to seek clarification if they are unclear on what constitutes proper or improper collaboration.

    Recycling Testing Material Syllabus Statements:

    It is important to inform students about what type of study aids they can utilize in their completion of their academic work. There are varied opinions on whether or not the use of previous semester materials including, quizzes, tests, homework or projects are legitimate study guides or unethical access to testing material.

    Depending on your opinion, these statements might be beneficial to include within your syllabus to clarify your expectations of your students.

    Sample Statements:

    • The use of previous semester course materials is not allowed in this course. This is inclusive of homework, projects, quizzes and/or tests. These aids are not available to all students within the course and undermines the fundamental principles of fairness and disrupts your professor’s ability to accurately evaluate your work. Any potential violations will be forwarded to the Office of Academic Integrity for review.
    • The use of previous semester course materials is allowed in this course. However, while they may serve as teaching tools they are not guidelines for how you complete your work this semester.

    Test Statements

    Sample Statements:

    • As a Carolinian, I certify that I neither received nor gave any outside assistance in the completion of this exam. I understand that should it be determined that I used any unauthorized assistance or otherwise violate the University’s Honor Code I will receive an academic penalty and be referred to the Office of Academic Integrity for additional disciplinary action. See for more information.
    • I understand that it is the responsibility of every member of the Carolina community to uphold and maintain the University of South Carolina’s Honor Code. As a Carolinian, I certify that I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this exam.
    • As a Carolinian, I certify that I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this exam.

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