Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is defined as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage1. The Emory University School of Medicine seeks to involve every member of the community in cultivating a culture of academic integrity and promoting communal standards.

Pursuant to this goal, the students, faculty, and administration of the Emory University School of Medicine have created the Honor Code, which presents our standards of academic integrity and outlines the consequences for violations thereof.

This section of the student handbook outlines the School of Medicine Honor Code, along with academic regulations and procedures, promotional guidelines, graduation requirements, and the granting of awards and honors.

Emory University School of Medicine Honor Code

The students, faculty, and administration of the Emory University School of Medicine join together in support of this MD Student Honor Code for the purposes of (a) providing an atmosphere of mutual trust, concern, and respect; (b) fostering honorable and ethical behavior; and c) cultivating lifelong professional conduct.

The Medical Student Council on Honor

The Medical Student Council on Honor, hereafter, referred to as the Honor Council, will have primary jurisdiction over the supervision of the Honor Code as applies to medical students.

Student Representatives

In April of each academic year following implementation, the members and alternates of the rising M2, M3, and M4 classes will be elected by their own class members to serve on the Honor Council for a one-year term.

Faculty Representatives

The Dean will appoint two faculty members (one from the pre-clinical faculty and the alternate from the clinical faculty) to serve a two-year term, and two faculty members (one clinical, one alternate pre-clinical) to serve a one-year term.

Leadership of the Honor Council - The Spring Elections

Procedures for Reporting Violations and Investigating Violations

If an individual believes that a violation of the Honor Code has occurred, that individual must report the violation as soon as possible to any member of the Honor Council. Failure to report the violation will itself constitute a violation of the Honor Code.

The Hearing

Rules of law do not apply to any hearings or proceedings regarding the Honor Code.

Decision and Penalties

For a student to be found guilty of an Honor Code violation, the unanimous vote of the six voting members of the Honor Council will be required [the Chair (or Vice-Chair) will not be eligible to vote].

Decision of the Dean of the School of Medicine

The final decision rests with the Dean. The decision of the Dean will be effective immediately unless there is an appeal.

Amendments to the Honor Code

Amendments to the Honor Code may be proposed by the Honor Council at any point in the academic year; proposed amendments must be approved by the Dean before becoming effective.

Last Modified: 7/28/2018