Examination Honour Code
In keeping with Ashesi’s mission to educate a new generation of
ethical leaders, the faculty and executives of Ashesi University
approved in November 2007 a proposal to formally invite selected
classes at Ashesi to adopt an Honour Code for examinations at
the university. The code was voted into force by students in
January 2008. Also effective January 2008, all incoming
first year and transfer students will be required to sign on to
the Examination Honour Code prior to admission to the
university, and will receive extensive orientation about the
The adoption of the Examination Honour Code marks a significant
step in the history of Ashesi University.
The code is
intended to build a high-trust community, to put students in
charge of their ethical posture and the reputation of their alma
mater, and by so doing, to take a significant step in Ashesi’s
mission to educate a new generation of ethical leaders in
Please read the
white paper on Ashesi's Honour Code.
Exam Code of Conduct
The purpose of the Exam Code of
Conduct is to create an ethical environment for examinations.
Failure to abide by the Exam Code of Conduct can result in
disciplinary action. During an examination, students:
- Are not allowed to talk to
each other, exchange information of any kind, or engage in
any activity that could result in the unfair advantage for
one or more students before, during, or after the quiz or
exam, while they are in or out of the classroom;
- Must leave all books and
other aids in an inaccessible place (except for
open-book quizzes or exams);
- Must leave as much space
as possible between students (as much as the room allows);
- Should try to ensure that
their line of sight does not cause others to suspect them of
- Must leave mobile phones
and other electronic communication devices switched off
Implementation of the
Examination Honour Code
Started in January 2008,
students are expected to take tests and exams on their honour.
At the end of each test, each student is required to sign the
I pledge on my honour that during this examination I
have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance,
nor have I seen any violations of the Exam Code of
I have intentionally not signed the pledge (check only
I have personally
witnessed the following Examination Honour Code
violations or obstructions (optional):
Obstruction of the
Examination Honour Code Process
The university’s decision to adopt an honour system for
examinations is a significant one, the abuse of which will
fracture the ethical framework central to our mission. The
following instances constitute violations of the Examination
Honour Code and can lead to serious sanctions including
suspension or expulsion from the university community.
- Failure to abide by the
Exam Code of Conduct.
- Attempting to prevent the
discovery of prohibited conduct, or attempting to obstruct
access, to alter, to destroy, or to conceal potential
evidence connected with an Exam Honour Code investigation.
- Attempting to discourage,
intimidate or deter complainants, witnesses, or other
participants in an Exam Honour Code investigation.
- Initiating an Exam Honour
Code complaint without any basis in fact and with the intent
to harass another student.
General Practices and
- Suspected violations of
the Exam Honour Code may be reported by intentionally
omitting to sign the pledge, or by speaking directly with
the Lecturer or the Dean of Students.
- If a pledge is unsigned
and unchecked, the student will be contacted in order to
determine whether the student intentionally left the pledge
unsigned. If the absence of signature was intentional, the
lecturer or Dean of Student Affairs will investigate the
matter further. Violations of the Exam Honour Code are
adjudicated by the Ashesi Judicial Committee (AJC) as
described in the Student Handbook.
Any questions regarding the Examination Honour Code should be
directed to the Dean of Student Affairs.
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