Rule of Conduct

Perhaps the most striking aspect of student life at Wabash is personal freedom. Believing that students ought to develop self-reliance and personal responsibility, the College has long prescribed only one rule of conduct:

The student is expected to conduct himself, at all times, both on and off the campus, as a gentleman and a responsible citizen.

Adherence to this code of conduct is primarily a student’s responsibility. Enforcement of the rule lies with the Dean of Students Office.

The Rule of Conduct and Academic Honesty

As an intellectual community, Wabash requires the highest standards of academic honesty. Cases of academic dishonesty are adjudicated by the Dean of the College's Office, which meets with students charged with academic dishonesty and make decisions about continuation at the College. Faculty report cases of academic dishonesty to the Associate Dean of the College.

The penalty for a first offense is decided by the professor and reported to the Associate Dean of the College. The Associate Dean of the College will inform the student that should he feel wrongly accused he can appeal the determination to an Appeal Panel comprised of elected Faculty and advised by the Dean of the College. The penalty for the second offense is expulsion from the College, pending an automatic review by the Faculty Appeal Panel. The student may appeal the decision of the Appeal Panel directly to the President of the College.

Acts of academic dishonesty may be divided into two broad categories: cheating and plagiarism. Cheating may extend to homework and lab assignments as well as to exams. Cheating is defined in three principal ways: copying from other students or from written or electronic materials; providing or receiving unauthorized assistance to or from another student; and collaborating on take-home assignments without faculty authorization.

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of someone else’s material. There are three common kinds of plagiarism. One is to use the exact language of a text without putting the quoted material in quotation marks and citing its source. A second kind of plagiarism occurs when a student presents as his own without proper citation, the sequence of ideas or the arrangement of material of someone else, even though he expresses it in his own words. The language may be his, but he is presenting and taking credit for another person’s original work. Finally, and most blatantly, plagiarism occurs when a student submits a paper written by another, in whole or in part, as his own.