Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Introduction: The Barnard Honor Code

We, the students of Barnard College, resolve to uphold the honor of the College by refraining from every form of dishonesty in our academic life. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any papers or books not authorized by the instructor in examinations, or to present oral work or written work which is not entirely our own, unless otherwise approved by the instructor. We consider it dishonest to remove without authorization, alter, or deface library and other academic materials. We pledge to do all that is in our power to create a spirit of honesty and honor for its own sake.

Adopted by the student body in 1912, this code defines both the rights and responsibilities of all Barnard students (“The Honor Code” 1). 1. For more information on the Honor System and your rights and responsibilities as a Barnard student, refer to the Honor Code booklet, or contact the Office of the Dean of Studies.

As an institution that “aims to provide the highest quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving young women,”2 Barnard defines itself as a community immersed in the pursuit of knowledge. Central to the maintenance of such a community is a shared commitment not simply to intellectual exploration and curiosity, but to honesty and academic integrity. This web site is designed to give you, the First-Year English student, a comprehensive introduction not only to the proper use of sources as you prepare your papers, but to provide a larger context for such understanding, and to support your scholarly development as a valued member of the Barnard community.


[1] Barnard College. Honor Board. "The Honor Code." New York: Barnard College, 1995.

[2] “Mission Statement.” Barnard College. http://barnard.edu/about/mission.html. Accessed 16 June 2004.