The University of Maryland is one of a small number of leading institutions with a student-administered honor code, our Code of Academic Integrity. The Honor Council spends many hours educating students about the aims and nature of our Code and also resolves hundreds of cases of alleged academic dishonesty each year. The standard sanction for academic dishonesty at Maryland is the 'XF' grade penalty, recorded on the transcript as "Failure Due to Academic Dishonesty."
We set high standards for academic integrity because we believe genuine learning is most likely to occur in an environment of trust. You can help us by discussing with your student the importance of integrity in his/her work and life and how Maryland's strict academic integrity standards (including an Honor Pledge signed on major assignments) will help your son or daughter acquire habits of honesty and responsibility that will serve him/her well for a lifetime.
Students are referred to the Office of Student Conduct not only for violating the Code of Academic Integrity, but also for violating the Code of Student Conduct. One of the primary functions of the Office of Student Conduct is to resolve disciplinary complaints filed against students. The disciplinary process is intended to maintain the behavioral standards set forth by the campus community, as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, and to provide all students with a fair process for resolving such complaints. It is important to remember that students are held accountable for their behavior both on- and off-campus.
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