The Honor Pledge
The Honor Pledge is at the heart of the Stetson University Honor System. The Honor Pledge is a promise to abide by the highest standards of integrity and honesty in academic work. All incoming undergraduates affirm the following pledge during orientation:
"As a member of Stetson University, I agree to uphold the highest standards of integrity in my academic work. I promise that I will neither give nor receive unauthorized aid of any kind on my tests, papers, and assignments. When using the ideas, thoughts, or words of another in my work, I will always provide clear acknowledgement of the individuals and sources on which I am relying. I will avoid using fraudulent, falsified, or fabricated evidence and/or material. I will refrain from resubmitting without authorization work for one class that was obtained from work previously submitted for academic credit in another class. I will not destroy, steal, or make inaccessible any academic resource material.By my actions and my example, I will strive to promote the ideals of honesty, responsibility, trust, fairness, and respect that are at the heart of Stetson's Honor System."
Following their having taken the pledge, undergraduates are asked to write the word "pledged" before their signature on examinations and assignments, as a symbol of their ongoing commitment to the principles of the pledge.
Many instructors ask students in their classes to sign copies of the pledge at the beginning of the semester. A copy of the pledge suitable for this purpose is available online.