Honor Code & Academic Integrity

Guidance for Students

“As a member of the Notre Dame community, I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to learn and abide by principles of intellectual honesty and academic integrity, and therefore I will not participate in or tolerate academic dishonesty."

As we move into our first week of remote learning, we are hopeful that we will remember that we are still a part of this community, even when we are separated, and even when concerns over the health of our loved ones and are ever-present. 

You should make sure that you follow your professors' instructions regarding collaboration, citation, and the use of online resources. If you have questions about what is allowed, please ask them. If you have questions about faculty, staff, or student responsibilities under the Honor Code, you can read more in the Procedural Appendix to our Honor Code, found here.

No one will be watching you as you work on your assignments, and your instructors will have no way of knowing if you have completed them honestly. But you will likely always remember that you needed to leave campus during a global pandemic, and the choices that you make this semester will stay with you.

Written by Honor Code Officer Ardea Russo, Ph.D. 

Guidance for Faculty

With the first week of remote teaching and learning about to begin, we write to touch base with you about academic integrity in a new virtual environment. While the physical safety and emotional wellbeing of our students, their families, and the communities in which they are located have been of paramount concern this past week, we have also been mindful of the importance of reinforcing the values animating our Undergraduate Academic Code of Honor when formal instruction resumes.

We recognize that this shift in instructional modality brings with it several unique challenges. Most of our students have not been part of a virtual learning experience as intensive as the one the University is soon to initiate. While many of us have utilized digital resources of various kinds — including our Sakai learning platform — remote teaching and assessment are likely to be new endeavors presenting some unique challenges.

Throughout this year, one of the topics engaged by our University Committee on the Honor Code (UCHC) has been the way in which readily accessible online materials (e.g., examination keys, problem set resolutions, homework answers, lecture notes, book synopses, etc.) as well as an ethos in which collaborative work on the part of students is the norm rather than the exception have altered the parameters within which student learning occurs. Those of us on the UCHC have been monitoring this situation nationally , examining practices at peer institutions, and consulting with Notre Dame faculty about how to address this new reality while affirming the centrality of integrity in all matters academic.

As we continue this work while addressing more immediate concerns arising out of our shift to remote instruction and testing, we offer several touchstones to guide your preparation:

  • Have students review the Undergraduate Academic Code of Honor. A statement strongly encouraging students to maintain a culture of integrity and accountability in our virtual environment has also been posted on the Student Learning Continuity website.
  • Be clear in articulating specific expectations for collaboration and resource usage in your classes.
  • Reinforce expectations for virtual attendance and course participation.
  • Establish guidelines for the completion of required assessments (e.g., home assignments, quizzes, essays, and examinations).
  • Utilize, as appropriate and needed, the resources in the Sakai platform to track student involvement and to encourage academic integrity. The Turnitin plagiarism service is available through the “ Assignments” tab for essays submitted online. There is also provision to add the Honor Code pledge at the beginning of any online assessments created and administered through Sakai.
  • Consult the Instructional Continuity webpage (here) for advice and workshops dealing with the creation of online assessments.
  • Feel free to contact the two of us directly should you have questions or concerns about specific integrity issues encountered in your courses.

Given our current circumstances, we anticipate playing a more integral role in helping to facilitate the Honor Code Violation Report (HCVR), Educational Outcome (EO), and investigative processes in collaboration with the chairs of our collegiate and school honesty committees from this point onward. In the meantime, please know that we are here to support you in your work with students.

In Notre Dame,

Ardea C. Russo, PhD
Advising Faculty, Center for University Advising

Faculty Honor Code Officer

(The Rev. Canon) Hugh R. Page, Jr., DMin, PhD, LHD 

Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs 

Co-Chair, University Committee on the Honor Code