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The Fuqua Honor Code



Duke University is a community of scholars and learners, committed to the principles of honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, and respect for others. Students share with faculty and staff the responsibility for promoting a climate of integrity. As citizens of this community, students are expected to adhere to these fundamental values at all times, in both their academic and non-academic endeavors.

The objective of The Fuqua School of Business Honor Code is to promote these standards. As the Fuqua community benefits from the atmosphere of trust fostered by the Honor Code, each member is responsible for upholding the spirit as well as the letter of the Code.

Scope of the Honor Code

The Honor Code and the Honor Code Bylaws address violations or actions committed by students of The Fuqua School of Business or others taking MBA classes at Fuqua. PhD students are members of the Graduate School of Duke University and are governed by the Judicial Code and Procedures of the Graduate School. Harassment issues will be handled by Duke University’s Harassment Policy. In addition, matters not addressed by the Honor Code may be covered by Fuqua or Duke University policies.

Before matriculating at The Fuqua School of Business, all students will be provided a copy of the Honor Code and the Honor Code Bylaws. Each student will sign a statement indicating that he or she accepts the provisions of the Honor Code and the Honor Code Bylaws without reservations.


Violations of The Fuqua School of Business Honor Code consist of the following:

  • Lying: Lying includes, but is not limited to, communicating untruths in order to gain an unfair academic or employment advantage.
  • Cheating: Cheating includes, but is not limited to, using unauthorized materials to complete an assignment; copying the work of another person; unauthorized providing of material or information (e.g., proprietary course information) to another person; using the work of another without giving proper credit (e.g., plagiarism); and working on course material outside of the time constraints imposed by the instructor. In the event a student is unclear as to what constitutes unauthorized material and/or the appropriate time constraints, he or she has a duty to seek clarification from the course instructor. Instructors are responsible for defining the manner in which assignments should be completed.
  • Stealing: Stealing includes, but is not limited to, taking the property of another member of the Fuqua community without permission, defacing or vandalizing the property of The Fuqua School of Business, or the misuse of Fuqua resources.
  • Failure to Report: Any party having knowledge of an Honor Code violation without reporting it will be considered an accessory to the violation and subject to penalty if found guilty.

Questions about the Honor Code or a Potential Violation?

  • If you have questions about the honor code with respect to a particular class, immediately consult your professor.
  • If you have questions about the honor code with respect to career related activities, immediately consult CMC staff.
  • If you have questions about the judiciary process, consult a student Judicial Representative.


If you believe there may have been an honor code violation, you are obligated by the Honor Code to report it to your Honor Representative or to Assistant Dean Steve Misuraca. All conversations are confidential and your identity will be protected.

The Fuqua Honor Code can be read in it’s entirety here: https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/honorcode