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The Honor System
Mercer University strives to be a Community of Respect that includes respect for academic integrity. Students operate under an honor system and will exhibit the values of honesty, trustworthiness, and fairness regarding all academic matters. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to report any violations in the forms of, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty to the honor council appropriate for their campus and program.
Procedures related to Honor Systems and Academic Integrity are outlined in the specific handbooks for each campus and can be found on the Provost website at
Academic integrity for Macon Campus undergraduates is maintained through the Honor System. The Honor System imposes on each student the responsibility for his or her own honest behavior and requires each student to report any violations of the Honor Code about which he or she has information. The Honor System was instituted in 1954 and has been in operation since that time. Its success has been the result of students' respect and concern.
An undergraduate student honor council administers the Honor System for undergraduates. The Honor System for graduate students is administered by an honor committee that is governed by policies established by the Graduate Council of Mercer University. Decisions and sanctions of the Honor Council and Honor Committee are binding, but may be appealed to the President of the University.
By the act of entering Mercer University, each student consents to participate fully in the Mercer Honor System. Furthermore, each student is personally responsible for knowing the rights and obligations set forth by the Honor System. A student is also expected to cooperate with all proceedings related to the Honor System. Students who refuse to accept the Honor System will be denied admission.