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Honor Principle

Below are some specific ways that the Honor Principle applies to Chem 5 and 6. Although some Honor Principle violation examples are given, this is not an exclusive list, nor is it meant to replace your judgement and integrity. Please feel free to inquire further if the statements below are not adequate.

  1. Quizzes and Exams. Any of the numerous activities normally considered cheating are violations of the Dartmouth Honor Principle. Examinations and quizzes are not proctored; however, the professor will be present to answer questions that arise. Since exam graders sometimes make mistakes, claims of error in grading will be considered carefully. Changing a graded answer and returning the paper for regrading is a violation of the Honor Principle.

  2. Laboratory. Honesty and integrity lie at the very heart of any experimental science, and the following remarks indicate how the Honor Principle applies to the laboratory work in Chem 5 and 6:

    Pre-lab problems are graded and count towards your lab grade; they must be done on your own and handed in at the beginning of each lab. Unless permission is granted by the instructor, use of another student’s laboratory data is a violation. When use of another’s data is allowed, the source of the data must be indicated. Fabrication of data or alteration of your own data to secure some desired result is also a violation. In the case of experiments where two students work together and data have been recorded in one student’s notebook, a copy of the data may be made in the other student’s notebook with an appropriate citation to the location of the original data. Other material in the notebook that has been copied from any source whatever must be provided with a source citation. Laboratory reports must represent your independent calculations and individual conclusions, although comparison of numerical results with those of another student is permitted. Direct copying of any portion of another student’s lab report is a violation of the Honor Principle.

  3. Problems. Working ungraded homework problems is excluded from Honor Principle constraints. For many students, it is helpful to work problems collaboratively. Whether working independently or with a partner or group, you are encouraged to tackle each problem independently until the point is reached where further time and effort seem futile. At that point, examination of the answer key or study guide is encouraged. You should also work problems independently, so you do not rely too heavily on a group or partner. Remember that exams, which are taken independently, will include problems similar to those assigned for homework.

  4. Course Material. Denying other students access to course material is a violation of the Honor Principle. This includes removing or altering course material on reserve in Kresge Library or on the course web site.

Special Note to Students Repeating or Re-enrolling in Chemistry 5 or 6: The Department of Chemistry views each enrollment in Chemistry 5 and 6 as an enrollment in a new course. As such, it is a violation of the Honor Principle to submit any graded material that was previously submitted in an earlier enrollment in Chemistry 5 or 6.

Violations of the Academic Honor Principle are taken very seriously. There have been cases involving students in Chem 5 and 6 that have resulted in severe penalty, including suspension. Note that the Honor Principle not only prohibits the kinds of activities described above, but also requires you to take some action should you suspect that someone else in the class is violating the Honor Principle. See the Student Handbook or the Academic Honor Principle website for further information. You can also find the instructor's duties regarding the Honor Principle. Read them. Your instructor will follow them if need be. Bottom line: a failing grade is always preferable to a trip before the Committee on Standards. Don't screw up.Go to top