I have neither given or received, nor have I tolerated others' use of unauthorized aid.
This statement is written on all homework, quizzes, and exams at Valparaiso University. Every student must write out the Honor Code in full and sign it for all work submitted for academic credit. The Honor Code expresses the promise of the student not to cheat through either action or inaction. The use of these words allows unproctored examinations and expresses the faith of the faculty in the student body.
The student initiated Honor System, administered by the Honor Council and its constituent bodies, is recognized and approved by Valparaiso University as an integral part of the regulations under which students in the undergraduate colleges become members of the university community. Therefore, it is impossible for anyone to become a member of the university without both explicit and implicit adherence to the Honor System.
The basis upon which the Honor System at Valparaiso University is founded is in every way consistent with the highest principles of ethics and morality. It presumes that students are able and willing to accept the duties and responsibilities for maintaining principles of honorable conduct for the sake of the community and themselves. The provisions of the Honor Council Constitution are also designed to protect the rights of those accused of Honor Code violations so that the Honor System will function with justice and fairness to all.
Under the Honor System all written examinations are taken in an atmosphere free from the surveillance of a proctor, unless requested otherwise by the student in the class using a form available in the offices of the deans. Every student has the responsibility to keep academics free of dishonesty, that is, to neither give nor receive unauthorized aid. Non-toleration of the use of unauthorized aid is a further responsibility that is inherent in the Honor System. Each student is obligated to report to the Honor Council any violation of the Honor System of which the student becomes aware, free from the pressure of ensuing penalty.