Student Honor Code

Students taking classes in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University strongly believe that the ideal academic environment is one that holds both personal integrity and honesty in the highest regard. To foster such an atmosphere, an honor code, one to which all students taking business courses are expected to adhere, has been established.


The Honor Code applies to any course offered by the Kelley School of Business. All students participating in Kelley classes are expected to uphold the code, regardless of their academic pursuits or major. Students who have been admitted to the Kelley School of Business are expected to continue their commitment to ethical behavior in all of their endeavors, including, but not limited to, course work outside of the Kelley School of Business, internships, co-op programs, community service, and overseas study.

The code covers all aspects of a student's academic work. Academic dishonesty includes submitting fraudulent work, giving or receiving unauthorized assistance, tampering with the credibility of information, cheating on exams or similar measures of performance, or any other suspect behavior. 


Academic integrity requires that students take credit only for ideas and efforts that are their own. According to the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, the following behaviors reflect academic integrity:

  • A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person without an appropriate acknowledgment.
  • A student must not use or attempt to use unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
  • A student must not use external assistance on any "in-class" or "take-home" examination, unless the instructor specifically has authorized such assistance.
  • A student must not use another person as a substitute in the taking of an examination or quiz.
  • A student must not steal examinations or other course materials.
  • A student must not allow others to conduct research or to prepare any work for him or her.
  • A student must not take any credit for a team project unless the student has made a fair and substantial contribution to the group effort.
  • A student must not violate course rules as contained in a course syllabus or other information provided to the student.
  • A student must not intentionally or knowingly help or attempt to help another student to commit an act of academic misconduct.


Violations of the honor code should be reported by those who have observed the violation or who have knowledge of a violation. Students should not only honor the code themselves, but they should also accept responsibility for reporting the suspected violations of others. Violations of the honor code should be reported directly to the faculty member or instructor of the course in which the violation has occurred. The process by which academic dishonesty is handled is explained below.

Honor Code Committee

The Honor Code Committee acts as a third party working with a faculty member and a student who reports knowledge of academic misconduct. When a violation is reported to the Honor Code Committee rather than to the faculty member, the Honor Code Committee immediately investigates the charge. If the investigation indicates that it is warranted, the Honor Code Committee initiates a meeting of the student(s) making the charge, the instructor and a member of the Honor Code Committee. The general responsibility of the committee is to facilitate the process of informing the instructor while providing support to the student making the charge, who may be apprehensive regarding his/her involvement.

Academic Fairness Committee

Student responsibility and representation are vital components of the honor code. Thus, undergraduate participation in the appeal process occurs when the accused appeals the decision/penalty of the instructor. As part of the appeals process, the Kelley School of Business has established an Academic Fairness Committee. The Academic Fairness Committee, consisting of students and faculty members, is chaired by a faculty member.

Student Disciplinary Procedures

If an instructor believes a student has committed an act of academic misconduct, the instructor is required to hold an informal conference with the student, advising the student of the information on which the allegation is based and giving the student an opportunity to respond.

If the instructor concludes the student committed the act, the instructor may impose an appropriate academic sanction. The instructor is required to report the matter within 14 calendar days in writing to the dean of students, who will send the report to the student and the student's dean.

Report an incident of misconduct.

If the dean of students considers that no additional sanctions are warranted, the dean notifies the student within 21 days of that decision.

The student has the right to appeal the faculty member's decision. Within 14 days of receiving the written notification from the dean of students concerning the decision, the student may initiate an appeal by emailing the Associate Dean of Academics at The Associate Dean of Academics will generally refer the matter to the appropriate department chair. If the appeal is not resolved by the department chair, within seven days of the chair's decision the student may further appeal the decision to the Academic Fairness Committee in the Kelley School by notifying the chair of that committee of his/her request for appeal.

The Academic Fairness Committee of the Kelley School of Business will hear the matter. Within 14 days after the hearing, the chair prepares a written decision and submits it to the Executive Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, Dean of Students, the student, and the faculty member. The committee has the authority to sustain or reverse any prior decision, and its decision is final at the school level.

If the student believes substantive procedural error has occurred, the student has the right to appeal the decision of the Academic Fairness Committee to the Dean of Faculties within seven days of the decision. 

Civility and Professional Conduct

The Kelley School of Business endorses the importance of civil behavior as stated in the Indiana University Code of Academic Ethics:

The central functions of an academic community are learning, teaching, and scholarship. They must be characterized by reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, mutual respect, and openness to constructive change. By accepting membership in this community, an individual neither surrenders rights nor escapes fundamental responsibilities as a citizen, but acquires additional rights as well as responsibilities to the entire university community. They do not require the individual to be passive and silent. They do not require recognition of how easily an academic community can be violated.

To this end, the Kelley School of Business requires that all members of its community—students, faculty, and staff—treat others with an attitude of mutual respect both in the classroom and during all academic activities outside the classroom. A student is expected to show respect through behavior that promotes conditions in which all students can learn without interruption or distraction. These behaviors foster an appropriate atmosphere inside and outside the classroom:

  • Students must regularly attend and be fully prepared for all scheduled class sessions.
  • Students must be punctual in their arrival to class and be present and attentive for the duration of the class. Eating, sleeping, reading the newspaper, doing work for another class, talking out of turn, and packing up or leaving class early are not civil or professional behaviors.
  • Students must actively, enthusiastically, and responsibly participate in class activities and during team meetings.
  • Students must address faculty members, other students, and others appropriately and with respect, whether in person, in writing, or in electric communications.
  • Students must show tolerance and respect for diverse nationalities, religions, races, sexual orientations, and physical abilities.
  • Students must refrain from destroying or defacing classroom property and from littering the classroom.

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