The Honor Code for ME Students & Disciplinary Guidelines

Honor Code

Students at KAIST Mechanical Engineering Department are expected to respect personal honor and the rights of others, and they must possess personal integrity and honesty both as students and engineering professionals.

The students should neither give nor receive any unauthorized aid in class work that is to be graded. The following acts are regarded as violations of students’ academic integrity and honesty.

  • Referring to other students/publisher’s solutions, assignments, and reports.
  • Allowing another student to refer to one’s own solutions, assignments, and reports.
  • Submitting another student’s work as his or her own work.
  • Unpermitted collaboration or aid on take-home examinations and class assignments
  • The use of another person’s original work without giving reasonable and appropriate credit to or acknowledging the authors or sources (e.g. reference book, literature, online resources) (Plagiarism)

The Honor Code exists to benefit students, professors, and administrators in the department, which is based on the mutual trust that all those bound by it will uphold its principles. However, the students and instructors are thereby obliged and responsible to report any suspected violations of the Honor Code.

The ME Honor Code requires that students who witness the violation of the Honor Code to take the following actions:

  • Obtain the names of the people involved
  • Inform the instructor (or professor) of the incident

If the professor becomes aware of the violation of the Honor Code, it is his/her responsibility to report to the department chair to report this accusation. The department chair has the authority to decide on the convening of the Award and Disciplinary Subcommittee within the Student’s Affairs Committee to investigate the suspected case. The Award and Disciplinary Committee conducts thorough investigation of the reported violations and, if necessary, determines the level of punishment according to the following disciplinary guidelines.

Disciplinary Guidelines

  1. Cheating and Plagiarism in Exams/Tests/Quizzes
    • Any form of violations or academic dishonesty in exams/tests/quizzes will result in F in the subject for the student.
  2. Cheating and Plagiarism in Assignments
    • Any form of violations or academic dishonesty in written assignments will be punished according to the following procedures.

      • The first offense of academic misconduct will result in lowering the subject’s final grade by one letter grade. (e.g. A+ → B+)
      • The second offense of academic misconduct will result in F in the subject.