Our Honor Code rests upon the entirety of Scripture, but it finds its roots particularly in the 8th and 9th commandments (Exodus 20:15-16), as those commandments are applied in the Westminster Larger Catechism, Questions 140-145.
Two specific expressions of our Honor Code are pledges on all examinations, papers, and projects at the Seminary to affirm that you have done your own work and acted in accordance with the guidelines of the assignment. These statements should be written out and signed before you turn in your work.
On your exams and tests, you should affirm that:
I pledge my honor that I have neither given nor received any assistance—verbal, written, or electronic—on this examination beyond that specifically permitted by the instructor in charge.
On your written assignments, you should also affirm that:
I understand and have not violated the Seminary’s position on plagiarism.
For further details regarding infractions of the Honor Code, please see the Student Handbook.
For more information on plagiarism, please refer to our webpage.
Students should also note that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, can subject you to civil and criminal liabilities. Westminster does not tolerate this behavior and can take disciplinary action against students who disobey these rules, as well as students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the school’s information technology system.
For more information, please refer to the website of the US Copyright Office.