Valparaiso University is proud to be one of a select few universities to operate under a student-run honor system. The Honor Code was established in 1943 by students with the support of the faculty. Signing one's name to the honor code not only ensures academic pride and integrity of oneself and others, but also one's commitment to a future comprised of honest work and integrity.
The Honor System is a cherished tradition of Valparaiso University. Covering all work submitted for academic credit, including unproctored examinations, the Honor System is based on the highest principles of ethics and honesty in class work and campus life. The Honor System is also regarded as an expression of the Christian character of the University.
Students curious about plagiarism and cheating specifics are encouraged to browse through the Student Resources page.
The Honor Council has amended its Constitution to streamline the appeals process, codify procedures already in practice, and make sure the Honor System is as fair to all parties as possible. Click to download the Constitution of the Honor System of Valparaiso University.
If you have been accused of an Honor Code violation, an investigator from the Honor Council will be in touch with you in order to fully investigate your case. Keep in mind that all accused are considered not guilty at the beginning of an investigation until proven otherwise.
Have questions? See the FAQ for Accused Students for more information.
If you believe an individual violated an authorized/unauthorized aid policy, please use our report form to inform the Honor Council.
It is important to note that your identity will remain confidential throughout the proceedings, and the accused(s) does not have the right to know your identity.
If you use information in your own work that is from another source, you should cite back to the original source.
There are a lot of different ways to cite in papers, so find out the way that your professor wants you to cite. If you don't know how to do it, then ask your professor to explain it to you. Don't be shy! Your professor should be able to explain the citation format they would like you to use in your work. You can also go to the writing center for help editing and writing your paper, or for help with your citations.