Student Handbooks

MBA Student Handbook - Honor Code and Student Conduct

Willamette University and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management expect honesty, integrity, good conduct, and professional behavior of all students, faculty and staff. 

The Willamette University Standards of Conduct apply to the conduct of all students enrolled at Willamette University and are presented in the Willamette University Student Rights & Responsibilities.

The Atkinson School Honor Code applies to issues of academic honesty and professional behavior of students enrolled in the Atkinson School. The Atkinson School community formally approved the Atkinson School Honor Code during the 2012-13 academic year. The Atkinson School Honor Code:

  • defines the shared expectations of academic integrity, ethical conduct and professionalism of all members of the Atkinson community
  • sustains an environment of honor and trust among the members of the Atkinson School community
  • gives students an important role in resolving issues of academic honesty and professional behavior. 

The Atkinson Honor Code supplements, but does not replace, Willamette University policies related to student conduct.  Incidents of conduct involving harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, violence, threats of violence, theft, damage to property, weapons, illegal use or abuse of alcohol or drugs, and failure to comply with the terms of any agreement or sanctions imposed in accordance with the Willamette University Student Rights & Responsibilities will generally be processed through the Willamette University conduct process. However, the Atkinson School reserves the right to perform a preliminary investigation to assess whether the most appropriate process for the situation resides within the conduct procedures of the Atkinson School or the University. In these cases the designated administrator of the Atkinson School will work with the University’s Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities to determine the jurisdiction.

Atkinson Graduate School of Management Honor Code
“The Atkinson Graduate School of Management (Atkinson) develops ethically responsible managers and leaders through a culture honoring the highest standards of academic integrity, ethical conduct, and professionalism.  The Atkinson Honor Code sustains an environment of honor and trust in the Atkinson community.

Atkinson advocates for the values of Integrity, Human Dignity, Integration, and Excellence in fulfilling its mission of providing a premier management education for aspirants to management in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors.  Atkinson’s adherence to Willamette University’s motto -- Non nobis solum nati sumus (Not unto ourselves alone are we born) -- exemplifies a commitment to its stakeholders and community.

Honesty and integrity are essential qualities to the practice and profession of management and ought to guide all individual members in fully developing his or her potential.  Atkinson’s distinct culture demands a community of members who accept individual responsibility and excellence, compassion, professional and personal integrity, teamwork, drive, and passion.

All members must therefore agree to abide by and promote the following standards of professionalism and excellence that constitute our Honor Code:

  • Not seek an unfair advantage over other members, including but not limited to giving or receiving unauthorized aid during completion of academic and professional requirements;
  • To honestly represent one’s self and facts at all times;
  • To respect the personal and property rights of all members of the Atkinson community; and
  • Uphold this Honor Code by fully cooperating with and protecting the privacy of the proceedings.

Atkinson members are expected to adhere to all policies and requirements of Willamette University and abide by all applicable laws and regulations.

Each member is responsible for his or her behavior in the academic and professional communities.  For members of the Atkinson community, any violation of this Honor Code should result in disciplinary action.”


Student Responsibilities Within the Honor Code

The Atkinson Honor Code is intended to sustain an environment of honor and trust, encourage each person to develop to his or her full potential, and promote a positive set of values and behaviors that distinguish members of the Atkinson community in their personal and professional lives. 

It is the desire of the Atkinson School community to have a culture of honesty that prevents violations of the Honor Code before they occur,  rather than to impose sanctions after a violation. This calls for all members of the community to encourage compliance with the Honor Code, whether it be in regard to their own actions or the actions of others as a community. 

To encourage awareness, compliance and the positive effects of the honor code system, every member of the Atkinson School community (students, faculty and staff) will be asked to indicate their awareness of the Atkinson School Honor Code.

A discussion of expected academic and professional behavior of Atkinson School students is available in the segment of the Student Handbook titled "Expectations of Academic and Professional Behavior."


Honor Code Policies and Procedures

The Atkinson School Honor Code applies to academic honesty, the quality of the educational environment of the Atkinson School, professional behavior and group process.  In the absence of a specific policy within these areas of behavior, the Honor Code standards of professionalism and excellence will be the default Atkinson School policy.  As such, students are expected to:

  • not seek an unfair advantage over other members, including but not limited to giving or receiving unauthorized aid during completion of academic and professional requirements;
  • honestly represent one’s self and facts at all times;
  • respect the personal and property rights of all members of the Atkinson community; and
  • uphold the Honor Code by fully cooperating with and protecting the privacy of the proceedings.

The Atkinson School has two processes through which it investigates Honor Code violations, determines responsibility and applies consequences to a student found responsible of a violation: 1) direct resolution between the student and the faculty member or administrator making the charge, and 2) a formal hearing of the Honor Code Council. All Honor Code processes will be conducted in a manner that protects the privacy of people involved in the case, to the best of our ability. 

Consequences for a student found responsible for an academic or professional behavior violation of the honor code will vary based on the severity and type of violation, and may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the sanctions listed below. Any behavior found to be a violation of the honor code, is a violation of the honor code regardless of the severity of the violation or the severity of the consequence.

  • verbal or written warning
  • verbal or written reprimand
  • required written statement by the student found responsible, acknowledging the violation and reaffirming his/her commitment to follow the honor code
  • required submission of additional course work
  • assignment of the grade of “F” for a course deliverable or test
  • assignment of the grade of “F” for a course
  • withdrawal from the course
  • loss of scholarship
  • behavioral probation (exclusion from participating in leadership activities, career management programs, courses involving travel to another site, and other activities in which the student would be seen as a representative of the university)
  • skill building or training
  • suspension for two semesters
  • permanent dismissal from the MBA program

Recommendations for suspension or dismissal will automatically be reviewed by the Senior Associate Dean before enforced.

Atkinson Honor Council
The Honor Council promotes a culture of Honor at Atkinson, informs students about the code, and reports to the Atkinson School Student Affairs Committee. The Honor Council will be composed of five student voting members, and two advisory non-voting members to include one member of the full-time faculty and one administrator

When an alleged violation is referred to the Honor Council, the council will investigate the case, conduct the hearing of the case, and determine whether the student is responsible or not responsible for violating the Honor Code. If the student is found responsible, the council will determine consequences commensurate with the incident.  The council will seek to make its decisions by consensus. When consensus is impossible, a majority vote will rule the decision.


Applying the Honor Code to Academic Honesty
Honor Code violations of academic honesty pertain to actions related to class deliverables, tests, team projects, presentations, papers, grading and attendance records, communication with the professor, etc. A discussion of expected academic behavior of Atkinson School students is available in the segment of the Student Handbook titled "Expectations of Academic and Professional Behavior."

Historically, academic honesty violations at the Atkinson School involve one or more students making a poor decision. Some violations have been deliberate and some have been unintentional. It is important to know that all violations, whether deliberate or unintended, will result in the process and consequences designated for violations of academic honesty.

A student found responsible for a second violation of academic honesty will generally be suspended or permanently dismissed from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

Honor Code violations of academic honesty pertain to actions related to seeking an unfair advantage over other members of a group or other groups; representing yourself or your group in a manner that does not communicate a truthful representation of the facts; and disrespecting the personal rights or property rights of others.  Violations of academic honesty include but are not limited to the following:

Plagiarism: "Plagiarism" is the improper use of another person's ideas or words without acknowledgment. Examples of plagiarism include: 1) failing to use quotation marks when quoting from a source; 2) failing to document the source of distinctive ideas, or 3) fabricating or inventing sources.

Cheating: “Cheating" is using unauthorized materials or giving or receiving unauthorized assistance during an examination or other academic exercise. Specific examples of cheating include: 1) collaborating with another student on a deliverable, test, or other academic work beyond the level designated for the assignment; 2) copying the work of another student or permitting another student to copy your work during an examination or other academic exercise; 3) taking an examination or completing an assignment for another student or allowing another student to take your examination or complete your assignment; and 4) possessing unauthorized notes, study sheets or other materials during an examination.

Unauthorized Possession or Disposition of Academic Materials: Includes: 1) taking, selling or purchasing examinations or other academic work; 2) taking another student's academic work without permission; 3) facilitating academic dishonesty; and 4) submitting the same paper for two different classes without specific authorization from the two faculty members

Misrepresentation: Includes but is not limited to: 1) lying to a faculty member in regard to a course; 2) falsifying information, records or document.


Procedure for an Alleged First Violation of Academic Honesty


Procedure for an Alleged Second Violation of Academic Honesty


Applying the Honor Code to Professional Behavior
The Atkinson School values integrity, ethical conduct, teamwork and professional behavior as essential to personal and professional growth.  As such, all members of the Atkinson community are expected to conduct themselves according to these tenets in all aspects of the Atkinson School experience and all interactions with peers, faculty, staff and guests of the Atkinson School.  

Students are expected to engage in professional behavior that contributes to their academic and professional development as well as the good of the entire Atkinson community. While the definition of professional behavior may vary with different industries, an overview of professional behavior generally includes the following qualities.   

  • Behaving with integrity and honesty
  • Communicating with courtesy and respect
  • Meeting your commitments and responsibilities
  • Recognizing and learning from your mistakes
  • Respecting the personal and property rights of others
  • Accepting and providing feedback for continuous improvement
  • Maintaining professional behavior under stress

Designating expected professional behavior as part of the Honor Code provides guidelines for all members of the Atkinson community and establishes procedures through which issues of behavior will be addressed.  A discussion of expected professional behavior of Atkinson School students is available in the segment of the Student Handbook titled "Expectations of Academic and Professional Behavior."

Honor Code violations of professional behavior pertain to actions related to seeking an unfair advantage over other members of a group or other groups; representing yourself or your group in a manner that does not communicate a truthful representation of the facts; disrespecting the personal rights or property rights of others, disrupting the educational process, and representing yourself in an unprofessional manner.

Addressing Professional Behavior Related to Group Process:  All Atkinson students will be involved in many group and team projects while completing the MBA program. Group and team projects are essential components of the Atkinson experience and directly contribute to each student's personal and professional growth and success.

All members of the team or group must actively work to resolve disagreements and dysfunction that occur within the team.  If a group is not successfully resolving group process issues, all members of the team must talk with the professor of the course and utilize policies and procedures stated in the course syllabus.

If a solution cannot be reached, the faculty member can refer the entire team to seek assistance (as a group) from the designated administrator.  The administrator will listen to the team and offer options for improving professional behavior and group process.  This assistance is for professional behavior and group process, only. At no time will group process mentoring interfere with course structures or policy.

If solutions are not reached, the faculty member may impose alternative methods of group resolution and equitable consequences, or forward the issue to the designated administrator if the faculty member believes the group process issues are related to honor code violations professional behavior by one or more members of the group.

Addressing Professional Behavior Related to Atkinson Classes, Programs, Activities and Events: Atkinson students, faculty and staff are encouraged to be proactive in discussing and resolving their concerns, differences, and misunderstanding with individuals informally. The accepted informal process for people concerned about the professional behavior of a student is as follows: First, communicate with the student involved in the concern. If this step is not possible or if it does not resolve the issue, communicate with the Atkinson professor or administrator connected with the course or activity in which the issues are occurring.

If the informal process does not resolve the concern, the reporting student, faculty or administrator should talk to the designated administrator about the concern.

Procedure for Alleged Violation of Professional Behavior


Willamette University Policies
As a citizen of the Willamette University community, it is necessary that you understand your responsibilities to the whole and your rights as an individual. Willamette University policies govern all graduate and undergraduate students of Willamette University except where specifically noted within the description of a specific policy or procedure. University wide policies and procedures are available online at the links below:

Willamette University Student Rights & Responsibilities
Statement of Equal Opportunity Compliance
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   Mission, Motto, Message from Dean of Campus Life
Non-Discrimination Policy
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   Application of Law
   Student Rights and Responsibilities
   Standards of Conduct
   Enforcement and Resolution Procedures
   Appeal Procedures
   Sanctions
   Restricted Contact Orders
   Behavioral Concern
   Health Concern
   Immediate Restriction of a Student's Access to Campus
   Immediate Suspension of a Student Organization
   Publication and Notification of the Standards of Conduct
   Hazing - Policy and Protocol

Willamette University Policies Related to Students
Student Disability Accommodation Procedures
Emergency – Medical or Psychological
Non-Discrimination Policy
Publicity Policies for Students and Student Organizations
Sexual Misconduct Policy & Protocol for Students
Standards of Conduct and Related Procedures
Student Grievance Policy
Student Refund Policy
Telephone Harassment

Willamette University Selected All Campus Policies

Alcohol Policy
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Candle/Open Flame Policy
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HEOA Financial Aid Suspension and Drug Related Offenses

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), enacted in 2008, states that a student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any Federal or State grant, loan, or work study during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

Conviction involving possession of a controlled substance removes eligibility for:
First offense ................................... 1 year
Second offense ............................... 2 years
Third offense .................................. Indefinite

Conviction involving the sale of a controlled substance removes eligibility for:
First offense ................................... 2 years
Second offense ............................... Indefinite

A student who has lost eligibility may become eligible before the end of the stated ineligibility period if:
a)   he/she satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program and passes two unannounced drug tests; or
b)   his/her conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered null.

Effective July 1, 2010, students who lose eligibility for Federal and State financial aid due to a drug conviction may regain eligibility if they successfully pass two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program.

If you have specific questions regarding how the Federal requirements will impact your financial aid following a drug conviction, contact the Office of Financial Aid: email finaid@willamette.edu, call 503-370-6273 or call toll free 1-877-744-3736.