Student members of the George Mason University community pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, or lie in matters related to academic work. The University expects faculty and staff to refer cases of academic dishonesty to Academic Integrity, which is an office of University Life.
You can help your students understand the honor code and their obligations in a number of ways. Two important first steps are: 1) including a statement about the Honor Code on your syllabus and 2) taking time during your first class meeting to discuss your class expectations and what behaviors are allowed. For example, in some courses, students are not allowed to collaborate on assignments. In others, students are expected to submit original work for each new course. Make your expectations clear.
When you refer a suspected violation of the Honor Code to the Office of Academic Integrity, the referred student has the right to contest the charges and request that the case be decided in a full Honor Code hearing. As the faculty member who referred the case, you will be responsible for presenting the case to the Honor Committee members.
The Office of Academic Integrity has many resources available to assist you.