Honor Code Acknowledgement Form for Parents/Guardians
One of the central features of a Presbyterian College education is the commitment we ask each of our
students to make to uphold the highest standards of honor and integrity. We expect them to refrain from all
forms of cheating, dishonesty, and deception. We also expect them to hold one another to these same high
standards. This commitment to live honorably is essential to the College as a community of learning, for it
ensures the integrity of the academic work that we do and the value of the degrees that we award. At the
same time, to develop in students a strong sense of integrity is an essential part of our educational mission.
We ask that both students and parents or guardians read carefully the Honor Code so that you understand
what Presbyterian College expects from you.
The Honor Code
This agreement contains two parts: first, that we personally adopt the standards of conduct as stated in the
Honor Code; and second, that we deal responsibly with those of our peers who fail to do so. While honor is
much broader than any set of rules that may define its requirements, The Code states and explains the
specific expectations we have of all students.
Since 1915, our commitment to live honorably has been realized in our agreement to live under the Honor
Code of Presbyterian College.
Honor Code Violations
Lying is defined as any attempt to deceive, falsify, or misrepresent the truth.
Cheating is defined as the employment of or rendering of any unacknowledged or unallowed aid in any assigned work.
Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of the words or ideas of another person as one’s own.
Failure to enforce the Honor Code is defined as any act of omission that permits violations of the Honor Code to occur or
to go unreported.
(The Blue Book explains the Honor Code in its entirety and may be reviewed here)
All students enrolling at Presbyterian College are responsible not only to abstain from lying, cheating, stealing, and plagiarism but
are also required to report such acts committed by fellow students. When events of a questionable nature occur, it is the
responsibility of each student to communicate that information promptly to the Honor Council. Determining whether or not a
violation of the Honor Code has occurred is the responsibility of the Honor Council. Failing to report such events amounts to the
toleration of dishonor in the community and is itself a violation of the Honor Code.
In addition, a student’s obligation to the Honor Code is not confined to the boundaries of the College campus but extends to
conduct in the larger community. All student conduct—whether on or off campus—shall be subject to the Honor Code.