The Mason Honor Code

 To promote a stronger sense of mutual responsibility, trust, and fairness among all members of the Mason community, and with the desire for greater academic and personal achievement, we, the student members of the university community, have set forth this honor code:

Student members of the George Mason University community pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, or lie in matters related to academic work.

Mason’s Commitment: To create an environment that is innovative, diverse, entrepreneurial, and accessible-helping you avoid accidental or intentional violations of the Honor Code.

What does Mason mean when it uses the term academic integrity?

According to Webster’s dictionary, integrity is an “adherence to ethical principles.”  A person who has integrity practices honesty in all things and does what is “right” even if it flies in the face of what is commonly accepted by their peers.  Academic integrity refers specifically to those actions and intentions associated with your work at George Mason University.

Your commitment to not “cheatstealplagiarize, or lie in matters related to your academic work” is of great importance to the Mason community.   Students who lack integrity devalue our degrees and harm Mason’s reputation, which can have a direct negative impact on you in your attempts to begin a career after graduation.

Mason Honor Code: What does it mean?

How does Mason define cheating, plagiarizing, stealing, and lying as it relates to academic work?  The Honor Code at George Mason University shall be specifically concerned with cheating or attempted cheating, plagiarism, lying, and stealing in the academic setting.  Examples of these infractions include but are not limited the following:

  1. Use of unauthorized material
  2. Use of unauthorized assistance
  3. Duplicate use of student’s prior work
  4. Violation of syllabus requirements regarding integrity
  5. Self-plagiarism
  6. Inadequate citation
  7. False citation
  8. Failure to adhere to citation forms set by the professor
  9. Failure to quote sources/material
  10. Submission of another individual’s work
  11. Removing an exam from a classroom
  12. Posting or enabling of posting of homework assignments and/or exams or solutions on websites
  13. Taking photos of exams/academic work without authorization
  14. Taking someone else’s work without knowledge
  15. Falsifying sources, data, or information
  16. Providing a false excuse for missing a test or class
  17. Providing false information, including identifying information
  18. Falsifying official correspondence

What are the potential consequences of violating the honor code?  Click here to find out.

What are ways faculty and students can work to prevent violations of the honor code?  Check here for information.

Looking for a full reading of the Honor Code and System? Click Here to download the full document.

Please note that allegations of research misconduct are investigated through the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance.  As it states in policy 4007, “Allegations of academic misconduct against graduate students are governed solely by the university honor code, except for: (1) research activities as defined above regardless of sponsorship; and (2) master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, both of which are governed by this policy. Allegations of academic misconduct against undergraduate students are governed solely by the university honor code, except for sponsored research activities which are governed by this policy.”  For more information, contact the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance at