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Honor Code Violations- Academic/Social

Honor Code Violations - Academic

  1. Plagiarism: Presenting the language, the ideas, or the work of another as one’s own, without proper attribution. Plagiarism can occur in all forms of academic work, including papers, lab reports, homework, computer programs, visual and creative arts projects, and other assignments.
  1. Dishonesty in Exams and Quizzes: Cheating or in any way attempting to gain an unfair advantage in a quiz or exam. Examples include (but are not limited to) attempting to secure a copy of or information about a future examination or quiz without authorization from the instructor, copying another’s answers during an in-class or take-home examination or a quiz, using unauthorized materials, information or study aids during an examination or quiz, or communicating with other students, either through voice, written or electronic means, during in-class or take-home examinations or quizzes without authorization from the instructor.
  1. Falsification and Fabrication: Perpetrating fraud or deceit of any kind in the course of the completion of one’s academic work or in one’s interactions with faculty or other college officials. Examples include (but are not limited to) inventing or falsifying information, such as citations or laboratory data, submitting identical or similar papers in more than one course without the permission of the instructors of both courses, and lying to a faculty member or other college official for the purposes of gaining an academic benefit.
  1. Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty in Academic Work: Assisting or enticing another student to commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes (but is not limited to) revealing the form or content of an examination or quiz, providing material, information, or other assistance to another person during an in-class or take-home examination or a quiz, or giving assistance to another person with written work that results in plagiarism.
  1. Bribes, Threats, or Favors: Attempting to induce any member of the College community, through bribes, threats, or the offering of favors, to alter a grade, to change the evaluation of any academic work, or to gain any other academic benefit.
  1. Computing Fraud: Participating in any kind of illicit or dishonest use of information technology. This would include (but is not limited to) gaining unauthorized access to academic or administrative records, tampering with computer programs or systems, or interfering with the use or availability of computers and computer systems.
  1. Interference with the Academic Work of Students or Faculty: Engaging in activities that effectively interfere with, deny access to, or inhibit the academic work of either faculty or students. This includes (but is not limited to) physically or verbally disruptive behavior in the classroom or lab, altering the contents of someone else’s academic work without their knowledge, purposefully impeding someone else’s access to materials necessary for scholarly work, or stealing, damaging, or concealing materials or equipment necessary to the academic well-being of the College community at large, such as library books, computer files, and audio- visual equipment.

Honor Code Violations - Social

Behavior that harms or threatens the physical, emotional, or social well being of any member or guest of the College community is a social violation of the Honor Code. Such violations include but are not limited to the following:

1) Sexual Misconduct - For purposes of the Honor Code, sexual misconduct is defined as deliberate sexual behavior, contact, or the threat of sexual contact without the other person’s active consent. (See page 70 for the definition of consent used by Washington College)

Examples of sexual misconduct include, but are not limited to:

a. Non-Consensual Contact or Activity: Any intentional sexual contact or sexual activity with any object or body part to another person without their consent.
Sexual contact includes:  intentional contact with the breast(s), buttock(s), groin or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts; making intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner.
Sexual activity includes:  intentional bodily activity that is sexual in nature and involves the breast(s), buttock(s), groin or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts; or making another person touch you or themselves with any of these body parts.              

b. Forced Sexual Contact or Activity: Any intentional sexual contact or sexual activity that is by force or against the will of the victim with any object or body part.  Force includes the use of physical means, violence, threats, intimidation, or coercion.
Sexual contact includes:  intentional contact with the breast(s), buttock(s), groin or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts; making intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner. Sexual activity includes:  intentional bodily activity that is sexual in nature and involves the breast(s), buttock(s), groin or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts; or making another person touch you or themselves with any of these body parts.                  

c. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse: Any sexual intercourse, including, anal, oral, or vaginal, with any object or body part by a person upon another person without their consent. Intercourse includes vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact.


d.  Forced Sexual Intercourse:  Sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal) that is by force or against the will of the victim with any object or body part.  Force includes the use of physical means, violence, threats, intimidation, or coercion. Intercourse includes vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact.

2) Sexual Exploitation: Occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit or advantage, anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.  Examples of exploitation include, but are not limited to:

  •  Invasion of sexual privacy;
  • Prostituting another student;
  • Non-consensual video or audio taping of sexual activity;
  • Going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet while you are having consensual intercourse);
  • Engaging in voyeurism;
  • Knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another individual;
  • Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances; inducing another to expose their genitals;
  • Sexually-based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation.
  • Posting pictures of someone nude or in other sexually explicit positions anywhere without their consent, or sharing that picture with others.

3) Acts of Violence - Any physical conduct directed towards another that causes physical harm to the targeted individual or group.

4) Endangering the Well Being of Another - Any conduct that jeopardizes the physical or emotional well-being of another person.

5) Threat of Violence - Any language or conduct that could be reasonably interpreted as an effort to intimidate or threaten another.

6) Harassment Based on a Protected Class- unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct based on a protected classification (race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification) that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or education (including living conditions, extracurricular activities, and social life); creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; or constituting a threat to an individual’s personal safety. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence/assault. Additional information about sexual harassment (which includes sexual assault/violence) and sex discrimination and the complaint procedures associated with these violations is described in the section on Discrimination and Harassment Policies.

7) Harassment Other Than That of a Protected Class - Unwelcome behaviors that are persistent or repetitive and create an unreasonably uncomfortable educational, work, or living environment for an individual, or unreasonably interfere with an individual’s academic or job performance and opportunities.

8) Discrimination Based on a Protected Class – Behavior that discriminates on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification.

9) Retaliation for Filing a Discrimination or Harassment Complaint - Retaliation against anyone for filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, including sexual violence/assault, or participating in an investigation or hearing regarding such a complaint, is prohibited.

10) Disorderly/Disruptive Conduct - Any conduct that unreasonably interferes with the activities of individuals or groups in the College community.

11) Stealing, Vandalizing, Damaging, or Tampering with Personal or College Property

12) Alcohol and Other Drug Violations - Any violation of the alcohol and other drugs policies including policies outlined in the Residence Hall or Social Event policies. For more information, see section on Sanctions for Alcohol and Other Drug Violations.

13) Violations of the College’s Residence Hall Policies - For more information see section on Residence Hall Policies.

14) Unauthorized Presence or Forcible Entry into College Facilities

15) Misuse of the Internet or Other Electronic Resources - Misuse of electronic recording devices includes misuse of camera phones, digital and film cameras, audio recorders, etc., in such a way that violates the principles of academic honesty, personal respect, and the expectation of privacy of members of the campus community.

16) Failure to Comply with Sanctions or Requirements of the Honor Board

17) Failure to Comply with a College Official - Non-compliance with the directives of college officials, including but not limited to: Public Safety officers, administrators, faculty members, and residence hall staff or any other person who has been designated and authorized by the College to perform an institutional function within the scope of his/her responsibilities.

18) Dishonesty - Providing intentionally false or misleading information or statements to any College or community official.

Specific violations of this standard include, but are not limited to:

  • Making a false or misleading oral or written statement to any College official or faculty member (including, but not limited to, application for admission, financial aid, residency classification or participation in any special programs sponsored by Washington College) when the student knew or should have known the statement was false;
  • Making a false or misleading oral or written statement at any point of the student conduct process or any other process used to address student behavior;
  • Making a false or misleading oral or written statement that misrepresents the character, qualifications or reputation of another;
  • Falsely reporting a safety hazard (including but not limited to, a fire, explosive or incendiary device) by any means including by activating an emergency phone on campus when no emergency actually exists;
  • Intentionally falsely reporting a crime or violation of this Code of Conduct or any other College policy;
  • Possessing or displaying any form of false identification or any identification not one’s own;
  • Assuming or attempting to assume the identity of another person; or
  • Forgery

19) Violations of any Local, State or Federal Statutes

20) Any Other Violation of a Standing Policy of the College