Honesty Pledge – Take-Home / Online Exams


Many of you have concerns about the academic integrity of take-home and online exams. One solution that has been shown to allay cheating is to include an “Honesty Pledge” at the beginning of the exam, which students would agree to (with a signature or a tick of a box) and hopefully abide by. To the best of my knowledge, UBC has not yet developed wording for anything like this, but the Faculty of Science has graciously given us permission to use theirs, which goes like this:

Honesty Pledge

I hereby pledge that I have read and will abide by the rules, regulations, and expectations set out in the UBC Academic Calendar, with particular attention paid to:

  1. The Student Declaration (http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=3,285,0,0)
  2. The Academic Honesty and Standards (http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=3,286,0,0)
  3. The Student Conduct During Examinations (http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=3,41,90,0)
  4. And any special rules for conduct as set out by the examiner

I affirm that I will not give or receive any unauthorized help on this examination, that all work will be my own, and that I will abide by any special rules for conduct set out by the examiner.

Rob Kozak

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