Virginia Commonwealth University

Honor System

Categories of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, any deliberate and dishonest act that results, or could result in, a student receiving an unfair advantage in an academic matter:

  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Lying
  • Stealing Academic Materials
  • Facilitation of academic dishonesty

The VCU HONOR PLEDGE applies to ALL work for credit, unless otherwise stipulated by your professor/instructor:

“On my honor, I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment, and I pledge that I am in compliance with the VCU Honor System.”

The Office of Judicial Affairs & Academic Integrity supports the educational mission of the university by educating students about appropriate behavior and fostering a community supporting academic success. 

The VCU Honor System is based on the foundation that Virginia Commonwealth University recognizes that honesty, truth and integrity are values central to its mission as an institution of higher education.  In a community devoted to learning, a foundation of honor must exist if that community is to thrive with respect and harmony.  Therefore, members of the academic community are required to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

All VCU students are presumed upon enrollment to have acquainted themselves with and have an understanding of the Honor System.  Also, it is a student’s responsibility to ask course instructors to clarify expectations for each assignment in order to be in compliance with the Honor System.

Students are responsible for understanding the types of conduct deemed unacceptable and, therefore prohibited by the policy and to refrain from committing any of these acts. 

Because very serious sanctions may be imposed if a violation of the VCU Honor System occurs, please review the information provided on this web page but also the Polices section of the VCU Insider Student Handbook and Resource Guide.