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Honor code

Upholding high standards of integrity in everything we do is at the core of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering values.

As a professional, you will make decisions that can have a major impact on public health, safety and welfare. Professionalism and integrity are an important part of what it means to be a Fulton Schools student. That is why we established the Fulton Schools of Engineering Honor Code. Like the Order of the Engineer obligation for graduating seniors, the Honor Code represents a public commitment to professionalism and integrity but enables all students—from freshmen through graduate level—to make a pledge to ethical standards.

“We believe you are an engineer from day one,” says James Collofello, associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs. “We want all students—not just those that are graduating—to have the opportunity to show their pride in engineering and commitment to the profession. Holding yourself to the highest standards will help you be successful in your academic career and your career beyond ASU.”

Academic Integrity at ASU

ASU defines violations in broad categories related to cheating on an exam or assignment, excessive or prohibited collaboration, plagiarism, academic deceit, providing inappropriate aid, and falsifying academic records.

Learn more about academic integrity at ASU

Fulton Schools of Engineering Honor Code

As a student in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, I take pride in my integrity, professionalism and teamwork; I behave honorably and ethically in all my work as a member of the ASU community; and I encourage and support my fellow Fulton Schools students to do the same. The ethical standards I follow as a student prepare me to follow the ethical standards of my chosen profession.*

Fulton Engineering Honor Code

Given the profound impact of engineering on public health, safety and welfare, I recognize the great importance of ethics to the engineering profession. I further recognize that integrity and ethical behavior as an engineer are directly linked to academic integrity and ethical behavior as an engineering student. In recognition of these principles, I promise to act in accordance with ASU’s Academic Integrity Policy and Student Code of Conduct at all times, and to encourage others to do the same. Specifically, I affirm that I will:

  1. Seek out, acquaint myself with, and obey the instructor’s rules concerning the materials I am allowed to use and the types of collaboration in which I am permitted to engage in each of my courses.
  2. Help my fellow engineering students to succeed both academically and professionally, while both following the instructor’s guidelines on collaboration and encouraging my classmates to behave ethically.
  3. Ensure that all of my individual work products reflect my own abilities and not those of someone else. I will never copy the work of others or give others the opportunity to copy mine.
  4. Contribute a fair share of work to all teamwork in which I participate, and acknowledge the contributions of others. I will accept responsibility for the integrity of all work submitted by my team.
  5. Use only aids authorized by the instructor during all examinations, quizzes, projects, assignments and other evaluations.
  6. Provide aid to, or receive aid from other students only as permitted by the instructor.
  7. Give full credit to others for their words and ideas, whether directly quoted or paraphrased, using proper citation practices in all of my work, including text, figures and computer code, and all materials obtained from the Internet.
  8. Never act dishonestly including lying, cheating, stealing, or attempting to corrupt the academic enterprise in any way.
  9. Ensure that all data I record or report are objective, true, accurate and properly documented.
  10. Treat all students, faculty and staff with respect, courtesy and dignity, the way I would like to be treated myself.
  11. Recognize that it is how I act when no one else is watching that defines my true character.
  12. Act at all times with integrity, as the true professional that I am to become.

*Note: Taking the above pledges will be voluntary (not required), but strongly encouraged. Students are bound by the ASU Academic Integrity Policy regardless.

Order of the Engineer

Order of the Engineer is an organization comprised of engineers who have accepted a formal Obligation (oath) to uphold the integrity and dignity of the engineering profession, in order to better society.


Recommended Faculty Best Practices [download]

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Ethics Self-Study Presentation [download] – A presentation from the ASU 101 course containing a variety of information about ethics and academic integrity in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU.

Report a Violation

Any concerned party may report a suspected violation of the Academic Integrity Policy. Please send reports to Brian Skromme at or call (480) 965-5151 to report.