Code of Student Conduct

Each student brings to the SIG University community unique skills, talents, values and experiences which, when expressed within the community, contribute to the quality of the educational environment. Students share with members of the faculty, administration and staff the responsibility for creating and maintaining an environment conducive to learning and personal development, where actions are guided by mutual respect, integrity and reason.

By their attendance at SIG University, students are obligated to comply with its regulations and procedures, which they are expected to read and understand.

Guiding Principles

SIG University regulations and practices are designed to promote the educational mission of the University and to encourage respect for the rights of others. Every student enrolled at SIG University has certain obligations and responsibilities as a member of the SIG University community. The general principles stated below identify University expectations regarding the principles that shape the regulations and practices outlined in these Policies and Procedures. 

  1. Honesty: Personal integrity is expected of all community members in all aspects of community life, both in and outside of the classroom. The Honor Code fully adopted at SIG University in 2015 places responsibility for intellectual honesty upon the individual student.
  2. Freedom of Expression: The right to express opinions may not be abridged, provided that public safety and the rights of individuals are not compromised. The University protects and encourages controversy and dissent.
  3. By their voluntary attendance at SIG University, students agree to comply with University regulations, stated here and elsewhere, and as enacted by appropriate University officials. As responsible adults and representatives of the University, students are accountable for their actions. 


 Faculty Led Classrooms: Student Requirements

  1. At least one (1) thoughtful posting is required for each student for every Faculty posting.
  2. Students are required to watch all videos and post a recap or point of view based on personal experience.
  3. Coursework must be completed and submitted online or directly to faculty based on deadlines in the curriculum.
  4. Curriculum is reinforced through interactive discussion. 


Non-Faculty Led Classrooms: Student Requirements 

  1. Discussions are led by students who must post in the classroom once per concept. 
  2. Students are required to reply and have a discussion. 
  3. A moderator for the course will be assigned to make sure the class is on track and conversations are appropriate.
  4. Moderators will not participate in the classroom other than to ensure appropriateness of content.


Prohibited Conduct

Behavior that violates University standards of conduct listed here and elsewhere will be subject to disciplinary action through the appropriate judicial process. If it is determined that a group is responsible for a violation, either by direct involvement or by condoning, encouraging or covering up the violation, appropriate action will be taken with respect to the group as well as to the individuals involved.

Prohibited student actions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Conduct that is disruptive.
  2. Falsification or misuse of any document, record or instrument of identification.
  3. Failure to comply with the request of or interfering with University or public officials acting in performance of their duties; failure to identify oneself to a University or public official when requested to do so; knowingly furnishing false information to a University or public official.
  4. Intentionally interfering with the freedom of expression of others.
  5. Intentionally sharing test attributes or questions with other students.
  6. Accessing the archived test attributes.
  7. Accessing any student record online with the intent to change, falsify or otherwise perform acts of maliciousness.
  8. Violating published University policies, rules or regulations.
  9. Posting any personal items on classroom chat boards, including but not limited to listing items for sale or posting resumes.

Attempts to commit acts prohibited by this Code of Conduct may be punished to the same extent as completed violations.

Honor Code

I. Honor Code Statement

All students will sign the following pledge at the time they formally accept admission to the University. Students who have not signed the pledge will not be allowed to register for classes.


By my signature below, I affirm on my honor that I will abstain from dishonesty in all academic work. I have read and understood the Honor Code and I will abide by their provisions. I understand that if I suspect or witness violations of the Honor Code, I am obligated to respond by taking appropriate action. For example, I may report the suspected dishonesty to the instructor in the course or to the dean of students; I may request that an instructor proctor an exam if I believe cheating is occurring; or I may talk to a student who I believe may be violating the Honor Code.

II.    Academic Dishonesty

Any form of academic dishonesty is a serious offense in an academic community. At SIG University such dishonesty will often result in removal from the course. It is essential, therefore, that every student understands the standards of academic honesty and how to avoid dishonesty by proper acknowledgment of intellectual indebtedness. SIG University will not excuse a lack of awareness or understanding of what constitutes academic dishonesty. Any attempt to commit any of the following infractions also constitutes academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

  1. Self-plagiarism: the submission of one piece of work in more than one course without the written permission of the instructors involved.
  2. Misrepresentation or falsification of data in any coursework.
  3. Cooperative or collaborative effort in coursework without acknowledgment. Assume that acknowledgement is necessary any time you collaborate and/or cooperate, unless you are expressly informed that it is not. This is not meant to inhibit discussion and debate of academic subjects either inside or outside the classroom.
  4. Cooperative or collaborative effort in coursework without the explicit permission of the instructor. Assume collaboration and/or cooperation are not permitted unless you are expressly informed that they are. This is not meant to inhibit discussion and debate of academic subjects either inside or outside the classroom.
  5. Cheating on examinations or tests: to give or receive assistance from written material, another person, his or her paper or any other source, including electronic sources, or to attempt to do so, during an examination or test. The only exceptions will be at the explicit instruction of the teacher of the course.
  6. The submission of work as one's own that has been prepared by another person.
  7. Stealing, altering, redirecting, or otherwise tampering with the form or content of digital media created or presented by another person without explicit permission of that person.
  8. Forgery or falsification of academic documents. 
  9. Forgery of previous work history.


III.   Student Obligation

Aside from refraining from all forms of academic dishonesty, SIG University students are expected to take proactive steps to support the Honor Code and to respond to incidents of academic dishonesty. Such steps may include:

  • Informally discussing the Honor Code with incoming students;
  • Reporting suspected dishonesty to the instructor of the course or the dean of students;
  • Confronting a student suspected of violating the Honor Code.


Reference: Adapted from Hamilton College Student Handbook