Classroom Policies

The first injunction of the BYU Honor Code is the call to be honest. Students come to the university not only to improve their minds, gain knowledge, and develop skills that will assist them in their life’s work but also to build character. President David O. McKay taught that “character is the highest aim of education” (The Aims of a BYU Education, p. 6). It is the purpose of the BYU Academic Honesty Policy to assist in fulfilling that aim. BYU students should seek to be totally honest in their dealings with others. BYU students should complete their own work and be evaluated based upon that work. They should avoid academic dishonesty in all its forms, including:

  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication or falsification
  • Cheating
  • Other academic misconduct

All students, once admitted to BYU, are required to observe the standards of the Honor Code whether on or off campus.


Intentional plagiarism is a form of intellectual theft that violates recognized principles of academic integrity as well as the Honor Code. Such plagiarism may subject the student to appropriate disciplinary action administered through the university Honor Code Office in addition to academic sanctions that may be applied by an instructor. Inadvertent plagiarism, while not in violation of the Honor Code, is nevertheless a form of intellectual carelessness that is unacceptable in the academic community. Plagiarism of any kind is completely contrary to the established practices of higher education, where all members of the university are expected to acknowledge the original intellectual work of others when it is included in one’s own work. In some cases, plagiarism may also involve violations of copyright law.

Intentional Plagiarism

Intentional plagiarism is the deliberate act of representing the words, ideas, or data of another as one’s own without providing proper attribution to the author through quotation, reference, or footnote.

Inadvertent Plagiarism

Inadvertent plagiarism involves the inappropriate, but nondeliberate, use of another’s words, ideas, or data without proper attribution. Inadvertent plagiarism usually results from an ignorant failure to follow established rules for documenting sources or from simply being insufficiently careful in research and writing. Although not a violation of the Honor Code, inadvertent plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct for which an instructor can impose appropriate academic sanctions. Students who are in doubt as to whether they are providing proper attribution have the responsibility to consult with their instructor and obtain guidance.

Examples of plagiarism include:

  • The verbatim copying of an original source without acknowledging the source
  • Paraphrased plagiarism: the paraphrasing, without acknowledgment, of ideas from another that the reader might mistake for your own
  • Plagiarism mosaic: the borrowing of words, ideas, or data from an original source and blending this original material with one’s own without acknowledging the source
  • Insufficient acknowledgment: the partial or incomplete attribution of words, ideas, or data from an original source
  • Plagiarism may occur with respect to unpublished as well as published material. Acts of copying another student’s work and submitting it as one’s own individual work without proper attribution is a serious form of plagiarism

Fabrication or Falsification

Fabrication or falsification is a form of dishonesty where a student invents or distorts the origin or content of information. Examples include:

  1. Citing a source that does not exist
  2. Attributing to a source ideas and information that are not included in the source
  3. Citing a source for a proposition that it does not support
  4. Citing a source in a bibliography when the source was neither consulted nor cited in the body of the paper
  5. Intentionally distorting the meaning or applicability of data
  6. Inventing data or statistical results to support conclusions


Cheating is a form of dishonesty where a student attempts to give the appearance of a level of knowledge or skill that the student has not obtained. Examples include:

  1. Copying from another person’s work during an examination or while completing an assignment
  2. Allowing someone to copy from you during an examination or while completing an assignment
  3. Using unauthorized materials during an examination or while completing an assignment
  4. Collaborating on an examination or assignment without authorization
  5. Taking an examination or completing an assignment for another or permitting another to take an examination or to complete an assignment for you

Other Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes other academically dishonest, deceitful, or inappropriate acts that are intentionally committed. Examples of such acts include but are not limited to:

  1. Inappropriately providing or receiving information or academic work so as to gain unfair advantage over others
  2. Planning with another to commit any act of academic dishonesty
  3. Attempting to gain an unfair academic advantage for oneself or another by bribery or by any act of offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting anything of value to another person for such purpose
  4. Changing or altering grades or other official educational records
  5. Obtaining or providing to another person an unadministered test or answers to an unadministered test
  6. Breaking and entering into a building or office for the purpose of obtaining an unauthorized test
  7. Continuing work on an examination or assignment after the allocated time has elapsed
  8. Submitting the same work for more than one class without disclosure and approval

Applicable Actions for the Marriott School and/or the University

Consequences of violating the Academic Honesty Policy range from receiving a failing grade on an assignment to dismissal from the university.

The Marriott School has approved the following grade point targets for the various classes offered in the Marriott School as of May 2013.

Category Examples Target GPA
University-wide classes ACC 200, BUS M 201 (finance), BUS M 241 (marketing), and other classes that are part of the Marriott School minor 3.0
Marriott School prequalifying classes IS 201, M COM 320, and REC M 300 3.2
Program prerequisite classes ACC 310 and IS 303 3.4
Marriott School major classes All the Junior Core, Integrated Core, and upper-division elective classes 3.4
Graduate-level classes 500 & 600 level classes 3.5

The various programs within the Marriott School will implement these targets in a variety of ways. For example, some programs may use grade distributions while some will simply specify the target.

Students must plan their schedules to complete their final examinations during the regularly scheduled examination times. If unplanned, non-academic extenuating circumstances (such as serious illness, personal injury, etc.) prevent completion of a final examination before the grade submission deadline, an incomplete grade contract (available from the Records Office) should be completed and submitted.

Click here to review the detailed BYU Final Examination Policy.

Why this policy?

  • Respect the faculty’s right and obligation to control the learning experience in their classroom
  • Protect faculty and student privacy
  • Respect a faculty member’s rights with regard to their instructional materials

Students are not permitted to record (in either audio or video format) classroom lectures or discussions without advance written permission from the instructor. Advance, in this case, means at least thirty minutes prior to the start of the class. Putting the instructor on the spot at the start of class is not appropriate.

Permission to record a class applies exclusively to the student who received permission from the professor. An instructor may provide permission to an entire class as part of the course syllabus or other written description of a course, but all permissions must be in writing.

If permission is given by the instructor, all students present in the class must be notified that the audio/video recording may occur. If the instructor elects to record the class, all students in the class must be notified.

Permission to allow a recording is not a transfer of any copyrights to the recording. Any recordings made may only be used for individual or group study with other students enrolled in the same class. The recording may not be reproduced or uploaded to publicly accessible websites.

Students must destroy recordings at the end of the semester in which they are enrolled in the class unless they receive the instructor’s written permission to retain the recordings.

Students who require audio recording or other adaptations of lectures as a reasonable accomodation for a disability should contact the University Accessibility Center before the lecture in order to obtain permission for the recording.

Students who record class lectures without express permission are subject to Marriott School and university disciplinary action. Public distribution of such recordings may constitute copyright infringement in violation of federal or state law. Depending on the severity of the violation, such action could result in a student being dismissed from the university along with whatever legal sanctions are applicable.

Technology is an essential part of today’s learning environment—that is why the Marriott School requires every student to own a laptop. However, technology, when used inappropriately, can also hinder learning. Most Marriott School students have, at some point, sat next to students who use their laptops in class to check e-mail, talk to friends, instant message, search the internet or play online games. Unfortunately, students can be distracted by this behavior and classroom learning decreases.

As a result of these distractions, the Marriott School has implemented the following policy, effective Fall 2010: Each professor will establish the times when using laptops in class to take notes or work on class projects is allowed. These times may be frequent or infrequent depending upon the nature of the class. Using laptops in class at times other than those established by your professor or for uses other than as instructed by your professor is considered inappropriate and would affect your professor’s assessment of your professionalism.

Please respect your fellow students and professors and abide by this Marriott School policy.

The use of phones for any purpose is not appropriate in classes in the Marriott School. Please turn them off as you enter the classroom and keep them stored out of sight in your backpack or pocket.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an educational program or activity that receives federal funds. The act is intended to eliminate sex discrimination in education and pertains to admissions, academic and athletic programs, and university-sponsored activities. Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment of students by university employees, other students, and visitors to campus. If you encounter sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please talk to your professor; contact the Equal Employment Office at 801-422-5895 or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours) or; or contact the Honor Code Office at 801-422-2847.

Brigham Young University is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere, which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office at (801) 422-2767. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified, documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the SSD Office. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and procedures. Please contact the Equal Employment Office at (801) 422-5895, D-285 ASB.

In the Marriott School we aim to make our classrooms similar to the workplace. In the workplace, it is illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or age. Furthermore, we believe Christ would never belittle anyone based on those characteristics. We feel strongly that no one in the classroom should be discriminated against for any reason. If you experience such an offense in a Marriott School class, you are strongly encouraged to contact your professor.