11.2. Definitions

11.2.1. “Academic Program”

The academic programs of Oglethorpe University are: Traditional Undergraduate (TU) and Adult Degree Program (ADP). Academic program may refer to either one of these or to both.

11.2.2. “Academic Enterprise,” “Academic Endeavor” and “Academic Realm”

These terms, used synonymously, are defined as those things which pertain to any course offered for academic credit, to any explicit graduation requirement (excepting formal approval by the faculty and the board of trustees) and to any forms, materials, programs or personnel whose principal function is to support the academic program (including, for example, materials in the library, tutors in student success and personnel in enrollment services).

11.2.3. “Course”

A specific course number and section number in a given semester.

11.2.4. “Academic Business Day”

A day of the week (not including weekends) that the University is open for business and during which at least one for-credit class or one regularly scheduled final exam is officially scheduled to meet on-campus.

11.2.5. “Official Mode of Electronic Communication”

All official honor council business will be conducted according to the University’s communication policy, which is specified in Sec. 3.6.1. of the Bulletin. That policy currently states that “The Oglethorpe University e-mail system is the University’s official mode of electronic communication to and among faculty, staff and students. The University and its faculty, staff and students will use Oglethorpe e-mail accounts (those labeled name@oglethorpe.edu) to send University news, essential information, classroom communications and official notices. Such communications will not be sent to personal e-mail accounts such as yahoo, aol, gmail, etc.” Persons who miss a hearing or other honor code-related activity because of their failure to understand and comply with their responsibilities under the University’s communication policy are solely responsible for any consequences.

11.2.6. “Willful”

Deliberately performing (or attempting to perform) an act which a reasonable person should know is proscribed by this code; or deliberately not performing an act which a reasonable person should know is required by this code. Community members are expected to understand their obligations under our shared honor code.

11.2.7. “Cheating”

Cheating is the umbrella under which all academic malfeasance falls. Cheating is any willful activity impacting or connected to the academic enterprise and involving the use of deceit or fraud in order to attempt to secure an unfair advantage for oneself or others or to attempt to cause an unfair disadvantage to others.  Cheating undermines our community’s confidence in the honorable state to which we aspire.