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BABSON COLLEGE STRIVES TO BE A COMMUNITY OF HONORBabson students, faculty, and staff all pledge to work together to achieve this goal. We agree that each of us has the responsibility to be truthful in all we say and do, to value individuals and appreciate their differences, to ensure that everyone at Babson has access to community resources and opportunities, to credit the ideas and celebrate the achievements of others, and to take responsibility for our own actions, including our mistakes.
Each of us agrees to take action to encourage others to fulfill their responsibilities toward our community, and each of us accepts our responsibility to act when we see others violating their obligations toward the Babson community. We will be proud of Babson College as a Community of Honor, and of ourselves as people of honor.
BABSON: BEING A MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY OF HONOR
The Babson College community is dedicated to providing you with a quality education and enriching student experience with integrity at the core. The Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code sets forth the fundamental principles of academic honesty and integrity in pursuit of the ethical application of knowledge within the academic environment. It also serves as a beacon to inspire and reinforce your ethical decision making across campus by creating in you a sense of moral responsibility to this community.
The Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code sets forth clear expectations with regard to how your behaviors, actions, and decision making support our institutional commitment to integrity. The Code, and all that it comprises, aims to build a Community of Honor at Babson—one that is connected and strengthened by each member’s individual commitment to integrity and ethical decision making in all that we do. As a Babson student, you are committing to being an active and engaged participant in our Community of Honor, in partnership with your fellow students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
As an active and engaged member of Babson’s Community of Honor, you are expected to act with integrity.
Your actions, behaviors, and decision making should demonstrate reflection and support for the five guiding principles set forth in the Code’s Five Pillars of Integrity: honesty, respect, trust, fairness, and ownership. At
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIESWhile educational opportunities will be offered to you, as members of Babson’s Community of Honor, it is your personal responsibility to know, understand, and abide by the Code and seek clarification when needed from
faculty, staff, and fellow students. Specifically, you must:
Your failure to take appropriate steps to fully understand the Code will be neither an acceptable nor tolerable excuse for any Honor Code violation. Honor is not an option for you or any other Babson student; it is an expectation and requirement of this community. Your expressed commitment to understand and abide by the Code is a requirement of your continued enrollment at Babson, and you will be asked to reaffirm your understanding of and commitment to the Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code throughout your years as a Babson student.
As a first step, you will be asked to provide your electronic signature demonstrating agreement and commitment to live and learn by the guiding principles of the Babson Honor Code and its motto, which is
inspired by a quotation by Henry David Thoreau:
For your coursework, you will be required to affirm your understanding of and commitment to the academic honesty and integrity expectations set forth in the Code. You will be required to write the following pledge on
every exam, paper, project, or other academic exercise:
You are expected to handwrite the pledge on your work without being prompted to do so by your faculty member or you may sign a pledge that is already provided on your assignment, project, or exam. Signing the pledge is a requisite for all assignments to be graded. While failure to sign the pledge is not an honor violation, it is not a defense for an Honor Code violation. Your refusal to write or sign the pledge will warrant an explanation to the faculty member.
HONOR CODE VIOLATIONS: ACADEMIC AND NONACADEMICThe Babson Honor Code is comprehensive and its philosophies apply to all of your behavior and decision making at the College, both inside and outside the classroom. Academic honor code violations include
College academic integrity policies • Specific course- or assignment-specific policies as identified by individual faculty • Academic integrity policies currently fall under six general categories: cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, participating in academically dishonest activities, and facilitating academic dishonesty. Non-academic violations include violations of all policies outlined in the Community Standards section of the Undergraduate Handbook.
FACULTY AND STAFF RESPONSIBILITIESBabson faculty and staff play a vital role in building our Community of Honor by upholding the principles and expectations of the Honor Code in the environments in which you live and learn. Faculty members foster an
environment that is conducive to academic honesty and integrity by:
Informing students that academic dishonesty of any kind is considered to be an Honor Code violation • and that students are expected to know, understand, and adhere to the Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code and all institutional academic integrity policies.
Identifying specific academic honesty and integrity expectations for an individual course or • assignment within a course when deemed appropriate. Any academic integrity violations related to specific course expectations also will be considered an Honor Code violation.
Providing in each course syllabus a written reference to the Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code • and its policies for academic honesty and integrity, including the Honor Code Pledge, which students are required to sign.
Implementing precautions, as necessary and when able, to ensure that the environment in which • examinations, projects, papers, and other assignments are given minimizes the risk of Honor Code violations.
Adhering to the policy pertaining to the reporting and adjudication of Honor Code violations. Staff • members will collaborate with student leadership on campus to develop, communicate, and uphold Code expectations. You are responsible for reaching out to faculty and staff to seek clarification on Code expectations. A failure to successfully implement any of the above will be neither an acceptable nor tolerable excuse for any Honor Code violation.
REPORTING HONOR CODE VIOLATIONSA fundamental component of the Babson Honor Code is your obligation to act. As a member of this Community of Honor, you are expected to feel a sense of duty and obligation to confront ethical dilemmas and to take some action, even if it means not officially reporting it through the disciplinary processes. Simply put, if you are not comfortable turning in another student for an honor code violation, you must do something. Doing nothing is not an option. You have multiple avenues for confronting ethical dilemmas, and it is the community’s
expectation that you will choose one of them including, but not limited to:
The Babson College Undergraduate Honor Code serves as a guide to each community member’s actions and responsibilities. By signing the Honor Code pledge and living by its motto, you have a stake in upholding our institutional values, living with integrity, and maintaining the excellent reputation of the Babson Community. Knowing and abiding by your obligations makes your personal and professional growth while a student here both challenging and enriching. The core institutional values instilled in you will reach far beyond your campus experience and will help shape you as a future leader of tomorrow.
COMMUNITY STANDARDSStatement On Values Integrity and respect for the community, both in and out of the classroom, are recognized by Babson College as core values. Flowing from these core values, the College has defined a set of expectations for all of its members.
The College expects all students and student groups will do their utmost to embrace Babson’s core values and subsequent expectations. In doing so, students and student groups will contribute to the development of Babson as a positive living and learning community.
Jurisdiction Babson College assumes that all students and student groups will abide by College policies and by state, local, and federal law. In addition, the College strives to be a good neighbor to the surrounding community. Therefore, it is expected that students and student groups will observe the same standards and expectations whether they are on or off campus. The College may review any information regarding the conduct of a student or student group while off-campus to determine if they/it has acted in compliance with local, state, and federal law and College policies. Student conduct that has an adverse impact upon the educational mission, reputation, or operations of the College also will be reviewed. The College reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether an off-campus incident, involving one or more students or a student group, shall be subject to a review by the College’s student conduct process. The College also reserves the right to sanction any student found guilty, who pleads no contest, is subject to a continuation without a finding or is found guilty in a court of law for a violation of law. In these instances, disciplinary action will be administered by the vice president for student affairs and dean of students or designee.
The College’s community standards apply to a student’s conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree. This includes conduct that occurs before classes begin or after classes end, during periods between terms of actual enrollment, during a leave of absence or other period of withdrawal.
In the event of a violation committed while still enrolled but unresolved or reported after the respondent has taken a leave of absence, is withdrawn from the College or has graduated, the College may proceed with the student conduct process. In the case of serious misconduct, the College reserves the right to rescind a graduated student’s degree and/or withhold a degree until a matter is resolved. When the College is investigating a serious violation of policy, the College will place a hold on the student’s transcript until the matter has been resolved.
Should the student request a transcript while the hold is placed on their account, a notation will be placed on their account to indicate that there is a pending investigation. Upon resolution of the matter, the College will apply the relevant transcript notation, when applicable and according to the definition of the sanction assigned to the respondent.
Additionally, all students are responsible for the contents of their rooms, cars, or person. Please see the Room Search Policy in the Residence Education and Housing section of this handbook.