Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Honor Code Policy

Gardner-Webb University students are pledged to uphold honesty, integrity, and truthfulness in all realms of University life. Students are not to lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.

Policy of Academic Honesty


As a community of scholars founded upon the ideals of Christianity, Gardner-Webb University expects its students to develop and display a strong sense of academic integrity. As in any community, this institution must be governed by regulations; and like the laws of any community, these rules function best when they are fully understood, accepted and cherished by each and every individual member of the community. Therefore, all students and faculty members are expected to be familiar with and to base their actions upon the following statements regarding academic honesty.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Students should recognize that the regulations governing academic integrity exist for the protection of the honest and that dishonesty in an academic setting must not be tolerated, much less condoned;
  2. Students are responsible for their own work. Any assignment turned in by a student is assumed to be the work of the student whose name appears on the assignment;
  3. Students are ultimately responsible for understanding a faculty member’s instructions for any assignment. If instructions are not clear, students must seek clarification from the instructor;
  4. Students must understand the definitions of plagiarism and academic dishonesty;
  5. Students should familiarize themselves with the proper use of citations and quotations in order to avoid accidentally passing someone else’s work off as their own;
  6. Students are expected to report incidents of academic dishonesty to their instructor; and
  7. Any student who threatens or coerces another student or faculty member for reporting a Honor Code violation will face disciplinary action, with expulsion being the recommended punishment.

Faculty Responsibilities

  1. Faculty must explain all assignments as thoroughly as is reasonable and should address any extraordinary limitations on outside assistance;
  2. Faculty members should take reasonable precautions in giving tests to ensure that violations do not occur. The fact that a faculty member did not take a specific precaution does not, however, constitute an excuse for any form of academic dishonesty;
  3. Faculty must be willing to investigate and, if circumstances warrant, press charges against students suspected of academic dishonesty;
  4. Faculty members must file an Academic Dishonesty Report any time they issue an Official Warning or charge a student with an infraction;
  5. Faculty members must seek to be fair in their dealings with students, particularly regarding cases of academic dishonesty, and must realize that no student can be convicted on suspicion alone; and
  6. Faculty members may ask students to sign a statement of academic honesty prior to turning in an exam, term paper, or project to their instructor stating: “I have neither given nor received unauthorized help on this assignment.”

Repeating Courses in which Academic Dishonesty Occurred

Students are allowed to retake courses that they fail due to academic dishonesty; however, the course hours attempted will continue to be calculated in figuring the student’s grade point average. For more information on the Academic Honesty Policy and Procedures, see the current Degree Completion Program Student Handbook.