Student Resources


The information below is intended to help students decide to stop cheating before it starts. Please read through the information below; it pertains to all Valparaiso University students and is not boring or outdated. If you have any questions, feel free to email the Honor Council at

How do I cite my paper?
The Valparaiso University Writing Center: Located on the first floor of the Christopher Center, the Writing Center employs staff able to assist students in various topics such as developing arguments, bibliography and works cited pages, essays, thesis. They can also provide helpful tips on avoiding the use of unauthorized aid. For more information, about hours and services click the above link.

Christopher Center Citation Guide: This helpful guide provides students with general information about MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and CSE style formatting guides. In addition, this citation guide also provides useful information concerning the proper citation of various government documents and resources.

Helpful Tips for Students
Tips for avoiding accusations of cheating: It's very easy to decide that the Honor System is some complex process that isn't worth spending any time learning. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Honor System governs all work on campus and affects every student at VU. Please read our suggestions, learn the basics of the Honor System and be very careful about your work.

Open Letter to Valparaiso University Students: In 2003, the Honor Council received a letter from a former student acknowledging the use of unauthorized aid during his studies at Valparaiso University. Although this letter is a reflection of past events, the contents continue to be relevant to the student body today. The contents of this letter expound upon the all too common psychology of cheating and the individual importance of maintaining academic integrity throughout higher education.

Bullock, Weinberg. Little Seagull Handbook. New York: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. 2011. Print: This CORE approved writing handbook is a brief pocket handbook, covering a wide variety of topics including editing, research, and writing.

Contact Information

Honor Council (General)
Meier Hall, Rm 146
Valparaiso University

Honor Council (Appeals)