Section I: Honor Code
Honor Code | Honor Code Commission | Honor Code Violations | Social Conduct | Jurisdiction
Established at the request of the student body in 1921, the Skidmore College Honor Code defines the guiding principles of honesty, respect, and integrity that should inform all choices and behavior patterns in the Skidmore academic and social communities. Each student, in matriculating at Skidmore College (or engaging in any Skidmore-sponsored activity or program as a nonmatriculated student), agrees to the following code:
I hereby accept membership in the Skidmore College community and, with full realization of the responsibilities inherent in membership, do agree to adhere to honesty and integrity in all relationships, to be considerate of the rights of others, and to abide by the College regulations.
It is the responsibility of every student and every member of the faculty and staff, both by example and by instruction, to encourage students to embrace the standards of the Honor Code. If a student believes that another student may have violated the Honor Code, the student is honor-bound to speak to the student who is suspected to have committed the violation, and if there is reason to believe that a violation may have occurred, to report that student to the Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs (DoS/VPSA) or other appropriate member of the staff or faculty. (Note: All references to the DoS/VPSA include the Dean or their designee.) If a member of the faculty is aware that someone has committed an academic violation, faculty legislation requires that the faculty member report the violation to the Associate Dean of Faculty (ADoF or to Director of Academic Advising) with responsibility for student academic affairs. It is only through a combination of ethical commitment, guidance, and sanctions that the Honor Code can become a living set of principles for our community.
As one regular manifestation of the Honor Code at Skidmore, at the end of each examination students must write and sign the following statement:
I have not witnessed any wrongdoing, nor have I personally violated any conditions of the Skidmore College Honor Code, while taking this examination.
This statement, provided by the instructor and transcribed by each student, should be included in every exam. Failure on the part of a student to write and sign this statement makes it incumbent upon the faculty member responsible to speak to the student about a possible Honor Code violation.
Honor Code Commission
The Honor Code Commission is a committee of the Student Government Association established to help educate students about the values, responsibilities, and consequences of the Honor Code. The commission also works with other areas of the student governance system and the deans of the College to recommend changes in the Honor Code system.
Honor Code Violations
The goal of the Honor Code is to help all members of the Skidmore community develop as individuals as well as to assure the growth, safety, and ethical conduct of the community as a whole. While this handbook focuses, as is appropriate, on student responsibilities and rights, the faculty and administration of the College also pledge to live by the principles of the Honor Code and to honor a host of professional standards as well. The faculty and staff are, however, generally answerable to codes and processes defined by the faculty and administration of the College, not to the hearing processes defined in this handbook.
Basic College regulations are vital to community welfare, student safety, and supporting high standards of ethical integrity. Skidmore College expects all members of the community to conduct themselves in a manner supportive of its educational mission. The College considers violations of these regulations as breaches of the College Honor Code that may lead to various sanctions, up to and including expulsion. In addition to following basic College regulations, community members are also obligated to observe the laws and ordinances of local, state, and federal governments. The College may press charges against community members engaged in criminal activities on or off the campus. All currently enrolled Skidmore students are required to report any circumstance that results in their arrest (including but not limited to noncustodial or field arrests) to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution within 72 hours after release.
Respect for the person, property, ideas, and perspectives of others and a commitment to intellectual and personal growth are values essential to membership in the College community. The policies listed below are illustrative only, not exhaustive; the College has the right and obligation to act upon conduct not in accord with the informing principles of the Honor Code or Code of Social Conduct, whether or not expressly proscribed below.
Students are provided a copy of the Student Handbook annually in the form of a link on the Skidmore College website. Students are responsible for having read and abiding by the provisions of the expectations for academic integrity and the Code of Social Conduct.
The Honor Code, expectation for academic integrity, Code of Social Conduct, and the student conduct process apply to the conduct of individuals who are considered students from initial enrollment through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. An enrolled student can be matriculated, enroll on a per course basis, audit courses, and/or be dually enrolled. The College retains conduct jurisdiction over students who have chosen to take a leave of absence, withdraw, or have graduated for any misconduct that occurred prior to the leave, withdrawal, or graduation. If sanctioned, a hold may be placed on the student’s ability to reenroll and/or obtain official transcripts and/or diploma; all sanctions must be satisfied prior to reenrollment eligibility. In the event of serious misconduct committed while still enrolled but reported after the accused student has graduated, the College may invoke these procedures, and should the former student be found responsible, the College may revoke that student’s degree.
The Honor Code and Code of Social Conduct apply to behaviors that take place on the campus or at College- sponsored events, and may also apply to conduct occurring in other locations when the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students or designee determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest. A substantial College interest includes, but is not limited to:
- Any situation where it appears that the student’s conduct may present or be indicative of a danger or threat to the health or safety of others in the campus community;
- Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property, or achievements of others in the campus community, or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder; and/or
- Any situation that is detrimental to the educational mission, operations, and/or interests of the College.
The Honor Code and Code of Social Conduct may be applied to behavior conducted online, via email, or other electronic medium. Students should also be aware that online postings such as blogs, web postings, chats, and social networking sites are in the public sphere and are not private. These postings can subject a student to allegations of conduct violations if the violations occur, or if evidence of policy violations is posted, online. The College does not regularly search for this information but may take action if and when College officials become aware of such information.
The Honor Code and Code of Social Conduct apply to guests of community members. Community members who host guests are expected to take reasonable precautions to ensure that their guests comply with the Honor Code and the Code of Social Conduct, and are subject to discipline if they fail to take such precautions. Visitors and guests may seek resolution of violations of the Code of Social Conduct committed against them by students of College.
There is no time limit on reporting violations of the Honor Code or the Code of Social Conduct; however, the longer someone waits to report an offense, the harder it becomes for College officials to obtain information and witness statements and to make determinations regarding alleged violations. Though anonymous complaints are permitted, the nature of anonymous reports makes investigation, determination, and remediation more difficult and, at times, impossible. The College therefore encourages persons reporting violations to provide their names and contact information whenever possible. College email is the primary means of communication with students. Students are responsible for all communication delivered to their College email address.