Honor Code Policy and Test Etiquette

Honor Code

“I pledge my honor that on this examination I have neither given nor received assistance not explicitly approved by the professor and that I have seen no dishonest work”

Honor System Policy

The honor system has been in effect at St. Olaf since 1911. We at St. Olaf are proud of this system. It is the responsibility of each student and faculty member to keep this system working and effective.

  1. All tests, quizzes or examinations of any kind are taken under the honor system. If the nature of the test is such that the professor must remain in the classroom, each student is still on his/her honor and the honor system is still in effect.

  2. The honor system is considered violated when information which results in or could result in an unfair advantage for one or more students is given or received before, during or after a test.

Code of Test Etiquette

The purpose of the Code of Test Etiquette is to create the best possible atmosphere for testing and avoid all possible suspicion.

During an examination, students:

  • Are required to leave all books and other aids in an inaccessible spot (exception: open-book tests);

  • Are required to leave all electronic devices not explicitly approved by the professor in an inaccessible spot;

  • May not leave the room and return to the test without express permission;

  • Are not allowed to talk to each other;

  • Should try to ensure that their line of sight does not cause someone to suspect them of cheating.