Santa Clara University

Leavey School of Business
Graduate Student Honor Code

Graduate business students at Santa Clara University shall acknowledge receipt and review of the Honor Code by ensuring the Graduate Business Programs office has a signed copy of his/her signature on the policy below.

As an institution of higher education rooted in the Jesuit tradition, Santa Clara University is committed to creating and sustaining an environment that facilitates the academic, personal, and ethical development of our students. This commitment balances the freedom of individual choice and expression with the expectation that individual members of the community will:

  • Be honest
  • Demonstrate self-respect and respect for others
  • Demonstrate respect for the law and University policies, procedures, and standards.

Engaging in any form of academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism (representing the work or ideas of others as one’s own without giving proper acknowledgment), cheating (e.g., using unauthorized resources or assistance on coursework, copying the work of another person, falsifying data, sabotaging the work of others, and the unauthorized use of electronics, media, or data), or other acts generally understood to be dishonest by faculty or students in an academic context will subject the student to disciplinary action.

By signing this document, I agree to uphold the ethical ideals set forth above while at SCU.


 The University is committed to academic excellence and integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to do their own work and to cite the sources of information they use, whether paraphrased or quoted. For assistance in identifying when something should be cited, see, for example, or In addition, course syllabi commonly elaborate on the specifics of academic integrity appropriate for the individual class.

Final responsibility for assigning grades remains with the instructor of the course. If the student wishes to withdraw from the course but the instructor’s signature is required for the withdrawal process, the instructor is within his/her rights to sign or not an approval of the withdrawal.

A student who is guilty of a dishonest act in an examination, paper, or other work required for a course, or who assists others in such an act will be subject to sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the University, as a result of the judicial process described in the Graduate Business Programs Bulletin. A student who violates copyright laws, including those covering the copying of software programs, or who knowingly alters official academic records from this or any other institution will be subject to similar disciplinary action.

Academic Integrity Protocol

These procedures are intended to protect the integrity of the instructional program and the students’ academic records. Any member of the Santa Clara University community with a suspicion or evidence of academic dishonesty as described in the Student Honor Code (e.g., plagiarism, falsification of data, misrepresentation of research, the use of prohibited resources during an examination, and other acts generally understood to be dishonest by faculty or students in an academic context) may initiate an allegation of student academic dishonesty. The following describes step-by-step procedures for resolution by due process.

1. Student violation is identified.
If the instructor judges on the basis of available evidence that an academic violation may have occurred, the instructor will report in writing to the Dean, who may delegate this to the appropriate administrative resource in the Leavey School of Business, the nature of the alleged violation of academic integrity. If a student violation is identified by a fellow student, the student is encouraged to report the infraction to either the professor or to the Dean.

2. Student is informed of the allegation and asked to respond in writing to the charges within four business days.
The student prepares a written response explaining/describing his/her actions.

3. The Dean or his designated delegate convenes an ad hoc board to review the case.
The Dean or the designated delegate will convene a board comprised of the Dean or designated delegate and two faculty members – one from the involved department and one chosen with the recommendation of the chair of the MBA Leadership Team. The parties involved (that is, the student and instructor) have the right to file an objection to the appointment of a particular faculty member to the ad hoc panel. This objection must be based upon a belief that the faculty member is unable to conduct an impartial evaluation. The objection is filed with the Dean or designated delegate handling the inquiry, who will make a ruling on this objection. If necessary, the Dean or designated delegate will then appoint a different faculty member.

The charge of the board is to study all evidence, review statements of all parties concerned, interview all parties concerned, and report its findings, conclusions, and a recommended course of action to the instructor and the SCU Office of Student Life. All proceedings are intended to be confidential. Faculty are encouraged to respect the board’s findings and conclusions.

4. SCU Office of Student Life reviews case and issues judicial sanctions.
The SCU Office of Student Life issues judicial sanctions based on the severity of the circumstances, including the student’s judicial history and any previous violations of academic integrity. The Office of Student Life keeps records of reported violations.

5. Student appeals.
The student can appeal to the Office of Student Life.

6. Dean’s Office prepares and distributes summary annual report.
The Dean’s office will prepare an annual summary report of all cases reviewed and their outcomes. This report will be made available in a public forum to faculty, staff, and students.

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