Students on MSU campus

As a Spartan, I will strive to uphold values of the highest ethical standard. I will practice honesty in my work, foster honesty in my peers, and take pride in knowing that honor is worth more than grades. I will carry these values beyond my time as a student at Michigan State University, continuing the endeavor to build personal integrity in all that I do.

Spartans are re-defining a commitment to integrity and personal best, starting with their academics. The reputation of a degree from Michigan State University is priceless; it provides students with valuable internships, desirable jobs and numerous graduate school opportunities. It only takes one mistake from one student to lessen the value and stature of academic success at Michigan State University.

Together, all Spartans associated with the academic community have a responsibility for establishing, maintaining, and fostering an understanding and appreciation for academic integrity. Academic integrity is the foundation for university success. Learning how to express original ideas, cite works, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that carry students beyond their academic career.

The Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) authored and adopted the Spartan Code of Honor: Academic Pledge to embody the principles of academic integrity through a personal commitment to ethical behavior in a student’s studies and research.

All undergraduate students are expected to uphold the academic pledge throughout their enrollment at MSU.  Student conduct that is inconsistent with the academic pledge is addressed through existing policies, regulations, and ordinances governing academic honesty and integrity. More information on current policies, regulations and ordinances here.



Trust the value of their own intellect.

Undertake research honestly and credit others for their work.


Don't purchase papers or have someone write a paper for you.

Don’t copy ideas, data or exact wording without citing your source.



Trust the capabilities of their independent work.


Don’t collaborate with another student beyond the extent specifically approved by the instructor.



Demonstrate their own achievement.

Accept corrections from the instructor as part of the learning process.

Do original work for each class.


Don’t copy answers from another student; don’t ask another student to do your work for you.

Don’t fabricate results. Don’t use electronic or other devices during exams.

Don’t alter graded exams and submit them for re-grading.

Don’t submit projects or papers that have been done for a previous class.



Showcase their own abilities.


Don’t allow another student to copy your answers on assignments or exams.  

Don’t take an exam or complete an assignment for another student.