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PCSP Honor Code

The expectation of the student enrolled in the School of Pharmacy at Presbyterian College is to be academically honest in his/her learning and presentation of information to School of Pharmacy faculty members and their peers. The expectation of being honest includes the completion of written and/or oral examinations, assignments, presentations, etc. Knowledge or information that is presented to classmates or the instructor should contain original information as well as accurately evaluate, interpret, and summarize already researched and identified information. Any information that was not conceived by the student must be appropriately referenced.

Presbyterian College has a long history of honor and this standard of honor will be upheld by Presbyterian School of Pharmacy. Faculty and students of Presbyterian College agree to abide by the following pledge:

On my honor, I will abstain from all deceit. I will neither give nor receive unacknowledged aid in my academic work, nor will I permit such action by any member of this community. I will respect the persons and property of the community and will not condone discourteous or dishonest treatment of these by my peers. In my every act, I will seek to maintain a high standard of honesty and truthfulness for myself and for the College.

As stated in the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy Blue Book:

Presbyterian College students pledge to abstain from all deceit and dishonorable conduct. Though many acts may at times be considered deceitful or dishonorable, students at Presbyterian College agree that lying, cheating, plagiarism, stealing, and failure to enforce the Honor Code are by definition dishonorable and are, therefore, always in violation of the Honor Code.

  1. Lying is defined as any attempt to deceive, falsify, or misrepresent the truth. Lying includes but is not limited to:
    • Falsifying or altering academic records.
    • Falsifying or altering clinical reports and/or other patient related notations.
    • Submission of modified or changed tests, answer sheets, or assignments for regarding
  2. Cheating is defined as the employment or rendering of any unacknowledged or unallowed aid in any assigned work. Cheating includes but is not limited to:
    • Unapproved or unauthorized sharing/collaboration or use of external information during graded assessments (test, quizzes, etc).
    • Obtaining or gaining access to items which provides an unfair advantage in a graded experience and/or requirement.
    • Falsely distributing, obtaining, using or receiving previously graded academic materials (ex. test, cases, etc).
    • Unauthorized or improper use of an electronic device(s) during an examination. Electronic devices include but are not limited to programmable calculators, PDA’s, computers, computer programs, mobile phones, iPods, etc.
    • Misusing, defacing, or tampering with academic resources, materials.
    • Assisting a fellow student in committing an act of cheating or dishonesty.
  3. Plagiarism if defined as the presentation of the words or ideas of another person as one’s own. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:
    • The use of any commercial term paper preparation service.
    • Copying internet or electronic database sources for term papers, journal clubs, or case presentations.
    • Submission of another student’s work or group work as one’s individual effort.
  4. Stealing is defined as the appropriation of money or property belonging to another person, organization, or the College or the borrowing of such property without the knowledge and permission of the owner.
  5. Failure to enforce the Honor Code is defined as any act of omission that permits violations of the Honor Code to occur or to go unreported and is of itself, a violation of the Honor Code.

All academic work at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy falls under the Honor Code. Quizzes, tests, examinations, projects, presentations, and papers to be graded are governed by and should be accompanied by the pledge:

    “On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unacknowledged aid on this assignment”

and followed by an act of student acknowledgement, usually a signature.

Unacknowledged aid includes aid that is not allowed by the instructor. Honor code penalties, procedures, and appeals for the School of Pharmacy will follow those detailed in the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy Blue Book and will be administered by the Honor Council of the School of Pharmacy.