About Claflin

Code of Honor


The tradition of honor stands at the forefront of the rich legacy and heritage of Claflin University. The core values of honesty, integrity, scholarship and high moral character in the pursuit of excellence are central to the university’s mission, vision and culture.

Claflin defines honor as academic integrity, moral and ethical conduct, and pride of membership in an community of scholars that values leadership, achievement, individual responsibility and service to the community, society, and humanity.


The purpose for a Code of Honor at Claflin University is to build and maintain an environment wherein academic integrity and the resulting behavior may flourish and be perpetuated for future generations.  The Claflin Code of Honor embraces the importance of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility, and lifts up these values as integral parts of the institution’s culture.

Code of Honor Policy Statement

Claflin University prohibits all forms of academic or scholarly dishonesty, including written or oral examinations, term and research papers or theises, modes of creative expression, and computer-based work.

Scholarly dishonesty includes lying, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and the falsification or misrepresentation of experimental data. (For social behavior, see  Claflin University Student Handbook:  Code of Conduct, and Code of Ethics).

Code of Honor Pledge

In my enrollment at Claflin University, I do hereby solemnly pledge that I will adhere to the Code of Honor.  As a Claflin University Student, I do solemnly pledge to uphold the integrity ofClaflin University.  I will not participate in nor tolerate dishonesty in any academic endeavor. 

Council for the Code of Honor

The Claflin University Council for the Code of Honor shall be comprised of seven students.  Four will be nominated by the Deans, one by the Director of Continuing and Professional Studies, one by the Vice President for Student Development and Services, and one graduate student who must be in good standing.  Nominated undergraduate students must be Sophomores and above with a minimum grade point of 2.5.   Each member may serve a term of two years.   The first appointment cycle will be staggered in which one-half of the Council is appointed for a one-year term and the other half for a two-year term.   Students shall be recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval by the President.   A faculty consul shall be appointed to advise the Council for the Code of Honor.   The Council for the Code of Honor shall hear, deliberate, adjudicate and make recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for final disposition.

Code of Honor Definition of Violations

Academic Dishonesty – This includes any other act (not specifically covered in previous provisions) that compromises the integrity of a student or intrudes on, violates, or disturbs the academic environment of the University Community.  Examples include attempting or agreeing to commit, or assisting or facilitating the commission of, any scholastic dishonesty, failing to appear or testify without good cause when requested by the Council for the Code of Honor, failing to keep information about cases confidential, supplying false information to the Council for the Code of Honor and accusing a student of a violation of this Code in bad faith.

Cheating – This act implies an intent to deceive.  It includes all actions, electronic or other devices and deceptions used in the attempt to commit this act.  Examples include, but are not limited to, copying answers from another student’s exam and using a cheat sheet or crib notes in an exam.

Collusion – This is the act of working together on an academic undertaking for which a student is individually responsible.  Examples include, but are not limited to, sharing information in labs that are to be done individually.

Plagiarism – Plagiarism is representing the words or ideas of someone else as one’s own.  Examples include, but are not limited to, failing to properly cite direct quotes, the false utilization of copyrighted material and the failure to give credit for someone else’s ideas.