Elon Honor Code, Pledge, and Policies

Introduction to the Elon University Honor Code

Elon University recognizes and affirms the importance of character development and personal responsibility as essential elements of an Elon education. Students are expected to uphold the four values listed below for themselves and others in their decisions and day-to-day interactions. Conduct affirming these four values should be followed in all settings, including in and out of the classroom, on- and off-campus, and in all domestic and international sites during study abroad or course-related study experiences. Upon graduation, students are expected to have demonstrated their commitment to academic excellence and honor.

Elon’s Honor Code

Every member of Elon University has the right to live and learn in an atmosphere of trust and support. Responsibility for maintaining these values in our community rests with each individual member. Values that promote this atmosphere include:

HONESTY: Be truthful in your academic work and in your relationships.

INTEGRITY: Be trustworthy, fair and ethical.

RESPONSIBILITY: Be accountable for your actions and your learning.

RESPECT: Be civil. Value the dignity of each person. Honor the physical and intellectual property of others.

Elon’s Honor Pledge

“On my honor, I will uphold the values of Elon University: honesty, integrity, responsibility, and respect.”

The Honor Pledge is an abbreviated form of the Honor Code. Students sign the Honor Pledge when they join the Elon community to publicly affirm their intent to behave according to the values of the Elon community. They also sign this pledge on papers, tests, assignments and other documents when requested. The honor pledge is printed on signs in classrooms and residence halls throughout campus.

Scope of the Honor Code

Elon’s honor code applies to both individual student and organizational behavior:

  • occurring from the time of admission until the actual awarding of a degree. (It applies to behavior that occurs before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during periods between terms of enrollment unless a student has completed the process of withdrawal from the university.
  • in the classroom and at all locations and events on Elon University owned or leased property
  • in locations and at events not occurring on campus, including those involving non-campus individuals and organizations
  • in locations abroad, including involvement with all individuals and organizations, and
  • in situations involving technology as a means of recording or communication.

The assistant dean of students shall decide whether charges related community standard violations shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis. Violations of community standards may be subject to civil or criminal prosecution under local, state and federal law.

To clarify the types of violations, Elon has grouped them into policies that cover social situations and policies that cover academic situations. These two policies may overlap, with one or more types of violations being reported from a single incident, when appropriate.

Academic Policies support honest exploration and thoughtful contemplation of all ideas in an environment of honesty and trust. As such, students are to refrain from lying, cheating, stealing or violating another’s property, plagiarism, or facilitation of another’s academic violation. To be clear about what academic behavior is unacceptable, Elon has listed areas of the policy that clarify components of academic responsibility. Violations of academic policy may result in the lowering of a course grade or assigning a failing grade for the course (including an Honor Code F). Multiple or egregious violations of Academic Policies may result in Disciplinary Suspension or Permanent Separation from Elon University.

Social Policies support the shared values and communal expectations that promote the development of the individual and the community. To be clear about what social behavior is unacceptable, Elon has listed areas of the policy that clarify components of social responsibility. Each area of potential violation is defined and typical sanctions are listed. In cases where more than one violation has occurred as a result of an incident, sanctions will likely increase in severity.  Multiple or egregious violations of Social Policies may result in Disciplinary Suspension or Permanent Separation from Elon University.