Academic Honesty Policy

student integrity and academic honesty Policies

Viridis Graduate Institute is committed to building a vibrant, diverse and inclusive educational environment that promotes learning and the free exchange of ideas. Our academic and learning communities are based on the expectation that their members uphold the shared goal of academic excellence through honesty, integrity, and pride in one's own academic efforts and respectful treatment of the academic efforts of others.
Like all other communities, the Institute can function properly only if its members adhere to clearly established goals and values. Essential to the fundamental purpose of the Institute is the commitment to the principles of truth and academic honesty. Accordingly, the Student Honor Code is designed to ensure that the principle of academic honesty is upheld. While all members of the Institute share this responsibility, the Honor Code is designed so that special responsibility for upholding the principle of academic honesty lies with each student. All students are expected to comply with Viridis Graduate Institute honor code, institutional policies, and academic policies.
Honor Code
As a student of Viridis Graduate Institute, I recognize that in the pursuit of my educational goals and aspirations I have certain responsibilities toward my fellow distance learners, my Institute, and myself. To fulfill these responsibilities, I pledge adherence to this Code of Conduct.
I will observe fully the standards, rules, policies, and guidelines established by VGI, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, the State Education Agency, and other appropriate organizations serving an oversight role for my Institute.
I will adhere to high ethical standards in the pursuit of my education, and to the best of my ability will:
  • Conduct myself with professionalism, courtesy, and respect for others in all of my dealings with the university tutors, mentors, portfolio evaluators, administration, and other students.
  • Present my qualifications and background truthfully and accurately for admission to the university.
  • Observe the university policies and rules on submitting work, completing oral and written examinations, participating in discussions, and conducting research.
  • Never turn in work that is not my own or present another person's ideas or scholarship as my own.
  • Never ask for, receive, or give unauthorized help on graded assignments or oral and written examinations.
  • Never use outside books or papers that are unauthorized by the university's curriculum and instruction.
  • Never divulge the content of assignments or oral and written examinations to fellow students.
  • Never improperly use, destroy, forge, or alter my university's documents, transcripts, or other records.
  • (When applicable) Never divulge my online username or password.
  • Always observe the recommended study schedule for my program of studies.
  • Always report any violations of this Code of Conduct to the appropriate institution official, and report any evidence of cheating, plagiarism (in all forms), or improper conduct on the part of any student of the university when I have direct knowledge of these activities.
Academic Honesty
Viridis Graduate Institute requires students to act with integrity and maintain a code of honor in all academic and institutional matters. If, however, it is deemed that a student has violated this code of honor, the following acts shall constitute academic dishonesty:
  1. Cheating of any kind: Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
  2. Fabrication: Intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  • Falsification of any oral or written examination, record, assignment, or report.
  • Representing oneself as another student for the purpose of taking an examination or allowing oneself to be represented by another for the same reason.
  • Furnishing false or misleading information to school officials or on official records.
  • Forging, altering or misusing the school name, the name of school employees, documents, records, or identification.
  1. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of the Honor Code:
  • Collaborating with another student during an oral or written examination without permission.
  • Collusion by obtaining or giving another student unauthorized assistance with coursework.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting contents of an oral or written examination, record, assignment, or report.
  • Representing oneself as another student for the purpose of taking an examination or allowing oneself to be represented by another for the same reason.
  • Using any technology to infringe upon the rights of others.
  • Using technology (or verbally threatening to do so) to take any action that endangers or impairs the safety, health, life, or freedom of any person affiliated with Viridis Graduate Institute.
  • If it is determined by a student's Instructor, VGI Faculty, or any other staff member, that plagiarism has occurred, the student will receive a grade of XF (failure due to academic dishonesty).
  1. Plagiarism: Intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise.
  • Plagiarism (in any form).
  • Using material not authorized by the Institute's curriculum to complete an assignment or oral and written examination without permission.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting contents of an oral or written examination, record, assignment, or report.
  • If plagiarism re-occurs, the student's enrollment at VGI may be suspended.