The Mason Honor Code
What is the Mason Honor Code and what are common violations?
Time Management and Academic Dishonesty
What is an Honor Code?
Honor is a timeless concept that crosses nations, languages and cultures. Each group of people has its own ways of promoting, protecting and defending their honor. American universities have established very specific organizations and processes in promoting honor as it applies to academic studies and in dealing with both accusations and defense against those accusations. George Mason University has an Honor Code and an Honor Committee.
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.
The Mason Honor Committee
The role of the Honor Committee is to provide education around issues of academic integrity, provide support for students and faculty, and hear cases of academic dishonesty as they arise.
The Honor Committee at Mason is comprised of faculty members and students. Faculty and/or Administrative faculty typical serve on committees involving graduate students. All Honor Committee members are trained prior to serving at a hearing and are bound by confidentiality. For any given hearing, we ensure that the referred student does not know any of the panel members (or vice versa) so that a fair and impartial proceeding can take place.
To learn more about the Mason Honor Committee, go to http://oai.gmu.edu
Most Common Violations
In this video, Dr. LaShonda Anthony, Director of Academic Integrity, reviews the most common types of honor code violations at George Mason University and where to get help when you are unsure. For additional educational resources, go to the website of the Office of Academic Integrity.
Writing Style Guide
Examples of cheating, plagiarizing, stealing, or lying
Performed by Ekta and Vinay
In this video, Vinay and Ekta talk about cheating as it relates to academic work.
Learn more about cheating
The website of the Office of Academic Integrity has a list with definitions of Cheating. However, please know that the definitions are also interpreted by the professor(s), meaning that this list is not exhaustive.
- Using or possessing any unauthorized material/assistance in any academic work
- Submitting a paper submitted for another class
- Using cell phones, calculators, notes during an exam
- Obtaining help or information from a friend/classmate without permission
- Accessing sources/information during an on-line exam/quiz
- Giving help or information/work to a friend/classmate
- Having someone use your iClicker
- Signing-in for another classmate or friend
- Purchasing or attempting to purchase an essay/assignment/code/answers
- Using your previous course work and/or old exams
- Sharing work even after the semester is over
If you are not sure:
- Talk to your professor
- Visit the Office of Academic Integrity in SUB I, suite 4100 (across from OIPS)
In this video, Vinay and Ekta talk about plagiarizing as it relates to academic work.
Learn more about plagiarizing
The website of the Office of Academic Integrity has a list with definitions of Plagiarism. However, please know that the definitions are also interpreted by the professor(s), meaning that this list is not exhaustive.
- Cutting and pasting from other sources
- Improper and/or lack of proper citations
- Using someone’s ideas, thoughts and/or words without citing
- Using poor paraphrasing
- Submitting someone else’s work as your own
- Copying word for word without citing
- Submitting the wrong document
If you are not sure:
- Ask your professor
- Review the Educational Resources with the Office of Academic Integrity
- Visit the Writing Center
- Sign up for a free workshop with Learning Services at CAPS
In this video, Vinay and Ekta talk about Lying how it relates to academic work.
Learn more about Lying
The website of the Office of Academic Integrity has a list with definitions of Lying. However, please know that the definitions are also interpreted by the professor(s), meaning that this list is not exhaustive.
- Making up sources, data, information and etc.
- Giving a false excuse for missing class or a test
- Telling a professor or TA false information
In this video, Vinay and Ekta talk about stealing as it relates to academic work.
Learn more about stealing
The website of the Office of Academic Integrity has a list with definitions of Stealing. However, please know that the definitions are also interpreted by the professor(s), meaning that this list is not exhaustive.
- Removing an exam from the classroom
- Taking pictures of the exam and/or academic work
- Taking someone’s work without their knowledge
Tips from Faculty
During your first class, the professor will review the course syllabus. A syllabus is your guide to a course and what will be expected of you in the course. It will include course policies, rules and regulations, and a schedule of weekly readings and assignments. In this section, a faculty member and a student will share WHY you should read the syllabus.
Read the Syllabus!
In this video, Lance Schmeidler explains why you should read the syllabus. In short, a syllabus is a handout with "the rules that govern the work in the course." If you do not understand the "rules that govern the work in the course," you may not be able complete your assignments as requested or by the deadline. If you have any questions about the learning objectives, readings. assignments, grading styles, etc., don't hesitate to ask your professor. If you do not ask any questions, the professor will assume you understand the "rules that govern the work in the course."
In this video, Marco shares what happened when he failed to read the course syllabus carefully.
Tips from Students
In this section, current students share tips about time management. Habib sets priorities and uses a calendar whereas Vinay closely works together with his professor or TA (teaching assistant) to make sure he can meet the assignment deadlines.
In this video, Habib talks about setting priorities and using a calendar to balance study/work/life.
In this video, Vinay talks about what steps he takes when he is not sure about an assignment. He reaches out via email to his professor or TA (teaching assistant) to resolve his issue and to make sure he can continue working on his assignments.
Many students join the gym to balance work/life/study. Membership is FREE for full-time students!
A Tour of the RAC
In this interactive video, Melanie gives a tour of the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC). Encompassing 120,000 square feet, the RAC boasts three gymnasiums, racquetball courts, squash courts, and a two story fitness gallery.
Student Access for New Students Starting in Fall:
Between August 16th and December 31st of each year, Mason Recreation’s access system is based on student enrollment for the Fall academic term. This means that a student who is enrolled for Fall classes and has an active time-status of FT (Full-Time), can access the Mason Recreation facilities between August 16th and December 31st free of charge.
Student Access for New Students Starting in Spring:
Between January 1st and May 15th of each year, Mason Recreation’s access system is based on student enrollment for the Spring academic term. This means that a student who is enrolled for Spring classes and has an active time-status of FT (Full-Time), can access the Mason Recreation facilities between January 1st and May 15th free of charge.
Explore Mason Recreation Facilities
Click on the green circles to learn more about the various Mason Recreation facilities located at the Fairfax campus.
Test your Knowledge!
You can find a complete list of Club Sports at https://recreation.gmu.edu/club-sports/
University Libraries: More than just a Room with Books!
The University Libraries offers a variety of services to students. Many international students tell us that "I wish someone had told me about this program or service offered by the University Libraries. I would not have struggled so much with my assignments!" We encourage you to explore the University Libraries services and to visit Fenwick library or JC library upon your arrival at Mason.
In this video, Mika Endo talks about the University Libraries.
In this video, Vinay talks about studying at the library. Mason students can reserve a study room to work quietly or to work on group project with other students. To learn more about study room reservations, go to http://library.gmu.edu/use/study-rooms
In this video, Ekta talks about using free online books from library.gmu.edu. Depending on your college and major, many of your required readings might be available online at library.gmu.edu - at no cost. If your required readings are not available online, you can rent or buy the book(s) from the Mason Book Store.
In this video, Nithin talks about "InterLibrary Loan" services. InterLibrary Loan Services (ILL) assist Mason students, faculty and staff in obtaining needed research and teaching resources not available from the University Libraries or the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) libraries. To learn more about InterLibrary Loan, go to http://library.gmu.edu/use/ill/faqs.
Ask a Librarian
Did you know that the subject specialist librarians can help you with your research?
The subject specialist librarians can help with your research questions. Consult the Subject Librarians list for contact information to schedule an appointment. Research specialists for data, media, and publishing are also available to meet by appointment.
You can ask for assistance:
- in person
- by virtual reference
- by TXT
- by phone
- by appointment
- via email
To learn more, go to http://library.gmu.edu/ask
Workshops and Rosetta Stone
The University Libraries offer a variety of workshops for students, faculty, and staff on all Mason campuses. There are many workshops available, but some are scheduled only when there are requests. The University Libraries will also schedule and customize workshops to meet the needs of small groups. Some library specialists will also schedule individual consultations.
- Grad Students’ Guide to the Libraries: Get an introduction to library resources and services in your graduate field of study.
- Undergraduate Students' Guide to the Libraries: Get an introduction to library resources and services in your undergraduate field of study.
- Zotero: Zotero is an open source citation management software program. Learn how to capture and organize your sources and create citations.
In Fall and Spring University Libraries offers customized workshops for new international students. If you are interested in joining a workshop, contact Elena Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To review ALL available workshops, go to http://library.gmu.edu/workshops
NEW -- The University now offers Rosetta Stone for FREE to all current Mason students, staff, and faculty! Mason Libraries offer 24/7 online access to Rosetta Stone ®, the premier software for language learning. Acquire a new language or brush up your skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening as well as grammar and vocabulary. Thirty languages available: Arabic. Chinese (Mandarin). Dari. Dutch. English (American). English (British). Filipino (Tagalog). French. German. Greek. Hebrew. Hindi. Indonesian. Irish. Italian. Japanese. Korean. Latin. Pashto. Persian (Farsi). Polish. Portuguese (Brazil). Russian. Spanish (Latin America). Spanish (Spain). Swahili. Swedish. Turkish. Urdu. Vietnamese.
To learn more about Rosetta Stone, go to http://library.gmu.edu/use/tech/rosetta