Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 209–219 | Cite as

Revitalizing an Existing Honor Code Program

  • Pauline MelgozaEmail author
  • Jane Smith


This article addresses academic integrity initiatives at a large research university. The article explains the rationale for the creation of the honor system office and its evolution to date. Data collected from academic violation cases during the program’s first two years are included.

Key words

academic integrity academic integrity initiatives honor code honor system academic misconduct 



The authors would like to thank Matt Fry, Director of the Aggie Honor System Office for permission to use the statistical data and for his willingness to share his knowledge of AHSO procedures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Evans LibraryTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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