The Faculty Senate at Concordia University Chicago moved to adopt an honor code at this institution, to provide a uniform and functioning procedure for dealing with cheating, plagiarism and other types of academic dishonesty.
Faculty turned to the mission statement for guidance and to explain why an honor code made sense for this University. It would be more than setting rules and expecting everyone to follow them; rather, in developing the whole person, each individual and the people as a whole reflect upon and care about their own personal moral and ethical behavior, something fundamental to the workings of an honor code.
Indeed, the development of the entire student as an ethical and moral citizen of the world includes the notion of academic integrity and personal responsibility. An honor code articulates concretely the level of honor and integrity expected of all scholars. It instills such personal guidelines in every member of the community. It supports the development of a Christian community in which people come together for a variety of reasons, but ultimately share responsibility for their fates.
Occasionally individuals violate this trust and integrity. Any act of academic dishonesty is a serious offense in a university community. It takes unfair advantage of other students—who work within the expectations of the Honor Code—and of their instructors—who trust their work. Any violation of the Honor Code is therefore taken seriously as a breach of honor with the entire community and not a private matter between student and instructor.
In short, Concordia University Chicago implemented an honor code starting fall semester 2006 to emphasize further the importance of moral and ethical decision making in every aspect of a person’s life. Every student must sign the honor pledge in order to register for classes. The Honor Code pledge, categories of unauthorized aid, judicial protocol, violation consequences and appeal procedure are available here.