Honor Code

Atkinson Honor Code FAQs

  1. What is the Atkinson School Honor Code?
  2. Does the Honor Code replace Willamette University policies related to conduct?
  3. What is considered a violation of the Honor Code?
  4. What should I do as a student if I suspect another student is about to violate or has violated the Honor Code?
  5. What should I do as a faculty member when I suspect a violation of the Honor Code has occurred?
  6. What should I do if I am suspected of an honor code violation?
  7. What should I do if I have violated the Honor Code?
  8. What should I do to avoid violating the Honor Code?
  9. Does the Honor Council oversee all violations of the Honor Code?
  10. Is the consequence for an alleged second violation of academic honesty always suspension or dismissal from the MBA program?
  11. In an alleged second violation of academic honesty, is the Senior Associate Dean’s decision final?
  12. Will the two parties at a hearing be able to bring their advocates to the hearing?
  13. How long will documentation related to a violation of the Honor Code remain in the student’s file?
  14. What if a violation happens in the summer semester when the Honor Council does not have sufficient voting members available?
  15. What should I do if I don't agree with the results of my Honor Council hearing?
  16. Can an Honor Council member opt not to attend a hearing due to conflict of interest?
  17. Have more questions?

1. What is the Atkinson School Honor Code?

“The Atkinson Graduate School of Management (Atkinson) develops ethically responsible managers and leaders through a culture honoring the highest standards of academic integrity, ethical conduct, and professionalism.  The Atkinson Honor Code sustains an environment of honor and trust in the Atkinson community.

Atkinson advocates for the values of Integrity, Human Dignity, Integration, and Excellence in fulfilling its mission of providing a premier management education for aspirants to management in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors.  Atkinson’s adherence to Willamette University’s motto -- Non nobis solum nati sumus (Not unto ourselves alone are we born) -- exemplifies a commitment to its stakeholders and community.

Honesty and integrity are essential qualities to the practice and profession of management and ought to guide all individual members in fully developing his or her potential.  Atkinson’s distinct culture demands a community of members who accept individual responsibility and excellence, compassion, professional and personal integrity, teamwork, drive, and passion.

All members must therefore agree to abide by and promote the following standards of professionalism and excellence that constitute our Honor Code:

  • Not seek an unfair advantage over other members, including but not limited to giving or receiving unauthorized aid during completion of academic and professional requirements;
  • To honestly represent one’s self and facts at all times;
  • To respect the personal and property rights of all members of the Atkinson community; and
  • Uphold this Honor Code by fully cooperating with and protecting the privacy of the proceedings.

Atkinson members are expected to adhere to all policies and requirements of Willamette University and abide by all applicable laws and regulations.

Each member is responsible for his or her behavior in the academic and professional communities.  For members of the Atkinson community, any violation of this Honor Code should result in disciplinary action.

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2. Does the Honor Code replace Willamette University policies related to conduct?

No. The Atkinson School Honor Code supplements but does not replace Willamette University policies related to student conduct as stated in the Willamette University Selected Policies Manual.

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3. What is considered a violation of the Honor Code?

The Atkinson Honor Code applies to academic honesty and professional behavior. An Honor Code violation occurs when a student:

  • seeks an unfair advantage over other members, including but not limited to giving or receiving unauthorized aid during completion of academic and professional requirements.

  • does not honestly represent one’s self and facts at all times;

  • does not respect the personal and/or property rights of all members of the Atkinson community; and

  • fails to uphold this Honor Code by fully cooperating with and protecting the privacy of the proceedings.

 

Academic violations of the Honor Code include but are not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials, and misrepresentation. Definitions of these violations are defined in the Honor Code segment of the Student Handbook.

Professional behavior violations of the Honor Code include but are not limited to: actions related to seeking an unfair advantage over other members of a group or other groups; representing yourself or your group in a manner that does not communicate a truthful representation of the facts; disrespecting the personal rights or property rights of others, disrupting the educational process, and representing yourself in an unprofessional manner.

A discussion of expected academic and professional behaviors of Atkinson School students is available in the segment of the Student Handbook titled "Expectations of Academic and Professional Behavior."

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4. What should I do as a student if I suspect another student is about to violate or has violated the Honor Code?

All students should feel empowered to address honor code violations or potential honor code violations. If you feel comfortable doing so, talk to the student directly. 

If the student is considering violating the honor code, remind the student that they have other options. In all cases, it is better for a student to do their own work … even if they get a lower grade on a test or assignment … than to experience the personal, academic and professional consequences associated with violating the Honor Code. 

If the student has already violated the honor code, encourage the student to tell the professor or the designated administrator. The designated administrator for the Early Career/Career Change program is Judy O'Neill.  The designated administrator for the MBA for Professionals program is Alex Subert.

If you do not feel comfortable talking with the student, you should talk to the professor or an administrator.

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5. What should I do as a faculty member when I suspect a violation of the Honor Code has occurred?

If you suspect a violation of the honor code, document the incident and discuss it with the designated administrator. The designated administrator for the Early Career/Career Change program is Judy O'Neill.  The designated administrator for the MBA for Professionals program is Alex Subert.

You should then meet with the student to determine if you think a violation has occurred.

If you think a violation did not occur, tell the student and the designated administrator that a violation did not occur.

If you think a violation has occurred, you should tell the student you believe a violation of the honor code has occurred and tell the student the consequence or consequences you deem appropriate. You should also tell this information to the designated administrator.

If the student contests that they violated the honor code or contests the consequence(s), the designated administrator will forward the case to the Honor Council process.

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6. What should I do if I am suspected of an honor code violation?

A faculty member or administrator will discuss the alleged violation with you.  You should be an active participant in the discussion and represent yourself and your actions with complete honesty.

If, after the discussion, the faculty or administrator thinks you have not violated the honor code, the process is over.

If, after the discussion, the faculty or administrator thinks you have violated the honor code, they will assign the consequence or consequences they deem appropriate.

If you accept responsibility for the violation and the consequence, the process for this violation is over and you will meet with designated administrator to discuss the implications and documentation process of the violation of the honor code.

If you contest the violation of the Honor Code and/or the assigned consequence(s), the case will be referred to the Honor Council by the designated administrator.  The designated administrator will explain the process to you. 

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7. What should I do if I have violated the Honor Code?

Talk your professor immediately.  Faculty, administrators and the Honor Council are likely to consider the fact that you came forward on you own accord.

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8. What should I do to avoid violating the Honor Code?

Make sure you understand the code as well as the expectations of your professors.  This includes understanding the accepted level of collaboration for each assignment.  If you are ever in doubt regarding a class’ expectations, talk to your professor.  And remember, there are always alternatives to violating the honor code.  [Student Handbook on expected behaviors of academic honesty]

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9. Does the Honor Council oversee all violations of the Honor Code?

No. Cases will only be referred to the Honor Council for a hearing and decision if the student contests responsibility for the violation or the consequences assigned by the faculty member or administrator involved in the issue.

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10. Is the consequence for an alleged second violation of academic honesty always suspension or dismissal from the MBA program?

The consequence for a second offense will generally be suspension or permanent dismissal from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. However, consequences should also be commensurate with the incident and will include one or more of the following:

  • verbal or written warning

  • verbal or written reprimand

  • required written statement by the student found responsible, acknowledging the violation and reaffirming his/her commitment to follow the honor code

  • required submission of additional course work

  • assignment of the grade of “F” for a course deliverable or test

  • assignment of the grade of “F” for a course

  • withdrawal from the course

  • loss of scholarship

  • behavioral probation (exclusion from participating in leadership activities, career management programs, courses involving travel to another site, and other activities in which the student would be seen as a representative of the university)

  • skill building or training

  • recommendation for suspension for two semesters

  • recommendation of permanent dismissal from the MBA program

Recommendations for suspension or dismissal will be reviewed by the Senior Associate Dean before enforced.

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11. In an alleged second violation of academic honesty, is the Senior Associate Dean’s decision final?

If a student accepts responsibility for a second violation, the case will go directly to the Senior Associate Dean who will decide the consequences. In most cases, a second violation of academic honesty will result in suspension or dismissal from the program.

If the student contests the violation occurred, the case will move to the Honor Council hearing process. This process is outlined here: [link to second violation map]

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12. Will the two parties at a hearing be able to bring their advocates to the hearing?

Both parties may have one advocate at a hearing. Your advocate may talk to you, but the advocate may not talk to the Honor Council, speak for you, or present your case.

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13. How long will documentation related to a violation of the Honor Code remain in the student’s file?

After a final decision has been made, the designated administrator will document the student’s file. Documentation will be removed from the student’s file at graduation. 

If a student is suspended from the program and does not return to graduate from the MBA program, the documentation will remain as part of the student's file.  

If a student is dismissed from the program, the documentation will remain as part of the student's file.  

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14. What if a violation happens in the summer semester when the Honor Council does not have sufficient voting members available?

During the Summer semester and at the beginning of the Fall semester when there are not yet five members of the Honor Council available, you can choose either to wait until the Fall semester when the next Honor Council is formed or to have your case processed by an Ad Hoc Honor Council. The Ad Hoc Honor Council will include available members of the current council and other students appointed by the designated administrator as voting members to assure that there are five voting members to hear the case. As is the case with a regular Honor Council Hearing, the designated administrator will also appoint one faculty member and one administrator to participate as non-voting members of the council. The hearing procedures and decision process will be the same as in the Fall and Spring semesters.

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15. What should I do if I don't agree with the results of my Honor Council hearing?

If you contest the decision of the honor council in regard to responsibility for violating the honor code and/or the consequences assigned, you may appeal the decision by notifying the designated administrator within five working days of the decision. The designated administrator will forward your appeal to the Senior Associate Dean. After reviewing your case, the Senior Associate Dean may uphold the Honor Council's decision or send the decision back to the Honor Council. The Senior Associate Dean may include comments or issues to be considered further by the Honor Council. After further deliberation that includes discussion of the input from the Senior Associate Dean, the Honor Council shall reaffirm or alter its decision. At this point, the decision of the Honor Council is final.

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16. Can an Honor Council member opt not to attend a hearing due to conflict of interest?

Council members are expected to attend all hearings and meetings unless there is conflict of interest or in case of an emergency.

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