Academic Honesty

The University of Georgia seeks to promote and ensure academic honesty and personal integrity among students and other members of the University community. Academic honesty is vital to the very fabric and integrity of the University of Georgia.

Academic honesty means performing all academic work without plagiarizing, cheating, lying, tampering, stealing, giving or receiving assistance from any other person, or using any source of information that is not common knowledge without properly acknowledging the source.

To preserve and enhance the University's academic honesty policy, the Student Government Association proposed a student Honor Code that was approved by the University Council in May 1997. The Honor Code appears on the University's application for admission and states, "I will be academically honest in all of my academic work and will not tolerate academic dishonesty of others." All applicants for admission to the University must sign this statement as part of the admission process.

Specific regulations governing student academic conduct are contained in A Culture of Honesty, the University's academic honesty policy. This policy should be read to avoid any misunderstanding. All members of the academic community are responsible for knowing the policy on academic honesty.

Students and faculty who believe that an act of academic dishonesty has taken place should contact the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, (706) 542-4336. For more information, see