NMT Community Honor Code

Community Honor Code Committee

Co-chairs: Lorie Liebrock and Peter Mozley;

Members: Issah Abdalla, Rebecca Apodaca, Lynn Arthur, Zoe Diener, Chelsey Hargather, Steven Hicks, Subhasish Mazumdar, Clint Richardson, Snezna Rogelj, Bryan Watson


Community Honor Code  

This  page outlines progress on the NMT Community Honor Code, per the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The current draft of the Community Honor Code, Affirmation and Attestation are shown below. We are actively requesting your input to shape the Community Honor Code.


Community Honor Code Forums: Get Involved!

We are holding forums to provide an opportunity for our community to ask questions, provide input, and discuss options for the proposed Community Honor Code and its implementation.  Currently, the following forums are scheduled. You are invited to attend and participate or talk with a member of the committee. The committee members and President Wells will attend as each of the forums if they are available. Note that while the student and faculty forums are scheduled for one hour, the rooms are reserved for two hours in case of lively discussion. 


       Membership Focus Group Date Time Location
Students (with Tuition Increase Forum)  Thursday Nov. 3 5:30 - 7:00 pm Workman 101
Students Monday Nov. 7 5:30 - 6:30 pm Workman 101
Faculty (during Faculty Senate) Oct. 4 3:45 - 4:45 pm  Workman 101
Staff Oct. 11 8:00 - 10:00 am Fidel Ballroom A


Community Honor Code Survey


If you have not already done so, please take the survey on the Community Honor Code locate at this site. If you are a community member who does not have an NMT gmail address, please contact a committee member to receive a paper copy of the survey. 


Intent of Community Honor Code  


The Community Honor Code’s intent is to be an overarching statement of community focus and climate with respect to our institutional reputation and integrity as a whole. It is aligned with New Mexico Tech’s Strategic Plan with integrity defined as an enduring, guiding principle for New Mexico Tech’s continued growth and development as a quality STEM institution of higher education.

The Affirmation serves to personally endorse our commitment to the ideals of the code.

The Attestation addresses student accountability with respect to academics.



Inspirational Quote  

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

-- C.S. Lewis Apochraphally, actually paraphrase of a Charles Marshall quote in Shattering the Glass Slipper


Community Honor Code  


As an engaged and diverse community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and regents, New Mexico Tech embraces the core tenets of personal honesty and integrity, responsibility, mutual respect and inclusion, equity, and trust as the principled foundation for professional behavior and as an ethical cornerstone of its code of conduct.  These tenets are the essence of our character. They guide the direction of the University with respect to its purpose, governance, overall operation, commitment to academic and research excellence, and fostering of personal and professional achievement. Every member of the university community has an obligation to act ethically and professionally in all institutional endeavors, to nurture a climate protective of diversity and free inquiry, and to respect the rights, dignity, opportunities, and welfare of all community members.



Community Honor Code Affirmation  


As a New Mexico Tech community member, I have read the Community Honor Code and affirm my commitment to adhering to this code.  I pledge to conduct myself in an ethical and honorable manner, to demonstrate integrity in all institutional endeavors, and to always treat others with respect.


_____________________________      __________________________________      ________________________

Printed Name                                          Signature                                                           Date



Attestation for Tests & Assignments  


On my honor, as a New Mexico Tech student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination.

I  (have) / (have not) witnessed another student giving or receiving unauthorized assistance related to this work.


_____________________________       ___________________________________     ___________________________

Printed Name                                          Signature                                                           Date




Frequently Asked Questions  

Below are some of the questions the committee and community have asked with respect to the NMT Community Honor Code and its implementation. Initially, we are collecting questions and we will address these as the answers are clarified. Current answers are prelimary (tentative) and will be clarified as we progress. If you have additional questions, please contact us or include them in your response to the survey linked above. 


What suggestions help us make this the postive, community building process that is intended.

    1. Have a monthly Community Honor Award that is given to a person that goes above and beyond the community expectations in an institutional endeavor.
    2. Have an annual Community Honor Code Day to celebrate advancing our community ethics and professionalism.

What other versions of the Community Honor Code are being discussed?

    1. As a member of the NMT Community, I am obliged to act ethically and professionally in all institutional endeavors.
    2. As a member of the NMT Community, I affirm my commitment to act ethically and professionally in all institutional endeavors.
    3. Do right. Do good.
    4. I am New Mexico Tech. By acting ethically and professionally in all institutional endeavors, I do right, I do good.
    5. I, a Techie, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all members of our community, no matter how different we may seem. I aspire to act ethically, honorably and kindly, and to assume that others are also acting this way. I will not join in unethical, dishonest or unkind acts, nor will I abet them through inaction.
    6. As members of the New Mexico Tech Community, we intend to maintain high ethical standards, treat all members of the community as valuable contributors, and advance the goals and mission of the Institute.
    7. As a member of the NMT Community, I have a commitment to honorable and ethical behavior as they are applied to all university endeavors and values.
    8. At NMT, we believe the best solution is seldom the easiest answer, but when we look inwards we expect to display and receive only the most genuine honor, integrity, and ethical collaborative efforts.
    9. As a member of New Mexico Tech I will: Treat people justly and with respect. Have the courage to stand up for what is right. Act in moderation, be practical, and think before I act. Believe that people will do what is right and give those who make mistakes a second chance. Live my life with hope for a better day and make it happen.

How is the Honor Code Affirmation going to be implemented?

    • a. Who keeps track of who has/has not affirmed?
      • For employees, the affirmation would be in the employee file in Human Resources (tentative). 
      • For students, the affirmation would be in the permanent file in the Registrar's Office (tentative).
      • If we this is a Regent's policy, affirmation will not be needed for this to be in effect; we will not have to keep track of affirmations. In this case affirmations will be the positive statement of intentions in whatever form.
    • b. Is it mandatory? If so, what happens if one does not affirm?
      • If the Community Honor Code is approved by the Regents as a Regent's policy, then it applies to everyone whether they affirm or not (tentative).
    • c. Mandatory or not, will there be a public black list (names of those who have not affirmed)?
      • If the Community Honor Code is approved by the Regents as a Regent's policy, then it applies to everyone whether they affirm or not. For that reason, making affirmation mandatory is advisable so that everyone knows that it applies to them if they are a member of the community (tentative).  
    • d. Mandatory or not, can one opt out later? 
      • No, it will apply to the entire community (tentative).
    • e. Is it a once-in-a-lifetime affirmation? Or yearly? Or semesterly? …
      • Other institution's experience suggests that annual affirmation is effective (tentative).
    • f. How do you file a complaint?
    • g. How are complaints handled?
    • h. How are sanctions handled?


But we already have an academic honesty policy. Isn't this the same thing?

    1. The academic honesty policy deals with some important and very specific issues in academics, but the honor code applies more broadly and most importantly, it applies to all of us.


    Students don't want to be snitches. Isn't this just going to alienate and divide our community?

      1. While we are still discussing the "reporting" aspects of the community honor code, we want our community members to help each other live up to the high standards of our institution. That includes talking to people who are crossing boundaries outside of our community expectations, whether those are related to academic dishonesty, sexual harrasment, or bullying. Calm and thoughtful reminders for those who are making a mistake can bring attention to errors while they are still manageable and prevent more serious consequences. As members of an educational community, we have legal responsibilities to report some things, such as sexual misconduct, but we also have an obligation to ensure we are providing the best possible eduction to our students. Through all of our actions, we serve as role models for what we expect of others. Students who "cheat to get by" will never be as successful as they would be if they learn the material (knowledge, skills, and abilities) and make it their own to use throughout their career. It is a disservice to everyone to allow cheating to damage the cheater's education and the reputation of every graduate from the same program.  Ultimately our goal is improving our community and promoting the excellence of our members and the institution. We value your input on how to achieve this goal in a supportive way.


      Similar implementation questions about the Student Attestation:

        • a) Can it be written in a more positive form?
          • A positive statement has been suggested and something like the following should be considered: "I hereby affirm that I have abided by all aspects of the honor code while completing this work."  
        • b) Is it mandatory? What happens if one does not attest?
          • If the Community Honor Code is approved by the Regents as a Regent's policy, then it applies to everyone whether they attest or not. Potentially, those who refuse could have thier assignments/tests refused as not meeting the institution standards (tentative).
          • Alternatively, given that this will be a Regent's policy, the attestation might be modified or eliminated. The intent of the attestation is to ensure that students are reminded of their responsibilities and community expectation. 
        • c) Is it an assignment by assignment attestation?
          • Attestation would happen on each "major" assigment or test, with any others up to the discretion of the instructor (tentative).

      Can a student be expected to attest when the TA (or grader or instructor) has not signed the Affirmation?

        • See the mandatory nature discussion above (tentative). 


       How is the Honor Code Affirmation going to be implemented? 
           a) Who keeps track of who has/has not affirmed?
           b) Is it mandatory?  If so, what happens if one does not affirm?
           c) Mandatory or not, will there be a public black list (names of those who have not affirmed)?
           d) Mandatory or not, can one opt out later?
           e) Is it a once-in-a-lifetime affirmation?  Or yearly? Or semesterly? … 
           f) We are considering, based on community input, having an annual honor celebration where we sign a huge poster (like the class of poster at convocation) that goes up in the Fidel center. This eliminates record keeping, but instead celebrates our community and the advancment of our intent. This is based on the code being a Regent's policy, so the signing is our acknowledgement of our commitment, but is not required for the code to take affect or to be upheld.