1. Terms and Definitions


1.1 The Luther College Honor Code applies to all students, all classes, and all academic work at Luther, as well as to all academic work for which students request academic credit from Luther.

1.2 A Violation of the Honor Code can be any action or inaction of a student or a group of students which might create an unfair or undeserved academic advantage, which is intended to deceive students or faculty, or which a reasonable person would consider dishonest academic behavior.     

     1.2.1 Also considered violations of the Honor Code are all actions that interfere with the work of the Honor Council, including, but not limited to the destruction of evidence, the intimidation of witnesses or complainants, or retaliatory actions against witnesses or complainants.     

     1.2.2 Faculty can report suspected violations of academic integrity to the Honor Council Review Board or they may elect to handle the suspected violation according to Faculty Handbook policy.  Should a faculty member choose not to utilize the Honor Council Review Board, he/she shall file a summary of the violation and the outcome to both the Academic Dean’s Office and the Student Life Dean’s Office.  If the faculty member elects to handle a suspected violation according to the Faculty Handbook policy, the student retains the right to an appeal using the Campus Appeals Board (see section 7.0 for information on appeals).

1.3 Forms of Honor Code violation are, but are not limited to:     

     1.3.1 Cheating. Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term includes, but is not limited to:     

 Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.     

 Use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.     

  The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the Luther College faculty or staff.     

 Engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.

     1.3.2 Fabrication. Intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

     1.3.3 Facilitating academic dishonesty. Knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this Honor Code.

     1.3.4 Plagiarism. Using or representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise. The term includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

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1.4 The term “Complainant” means any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated this Honor Code. When a student believes that he/she has been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes he/she has been a victim will have the same rights under this Honor Code as are provided to the Complainant, even if another member of the Luther College community submitted the charge itself.

1.5 The term “Respondent” means any student accused of violating this Honor Code.

1.6 The following groups and officers are responsible for the promotion and enforcement of this Honor Code:     

     1.6.1 The Honor Council (HC) is the student body that promotes the Honor Code at Luther College.     

     1.6.2 The Honor Code Review Board (HCRB) is the committee of the Honor Council that conducts a Honor Code Review in cases of alleged violations of the Honor Code and decides about sanctions.     

     1.6.3 The Honor Code Educational Committee (HCEC) is the committee of the Honor Council that works with faculty and students in the education of academic integrity at Luther College.     

      1.6.4 The Honor Council Chair (HCC) is the elected chair of the HC, HCRB and HCEC.     

      1.6.5 The Honor Council Vice Chair is the elected to assist the HCC.

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1.7 The Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council is the appointed non-voting faculty representative for the HC and HCRB.

1.8 The Campus Appeals Board hears any appeals for decisions of the HCRB. 1.9 All definitions in the Code of Conduct apply to the Honor Code as they relate to it.