Purdue creates honor pledge in an effort to combat cheating

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University recently adopted an honor pledge created by students that aims to encourage a culture of integrity in response to a perceived climate of academic dishonesty on campus.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier  reports the pledge will be part of the admissions process, new student orientation, course syllabuses and a mandatory freshman seminar.

A 2015 university survey found that students and faculty thought cheating was a widespread problem at the university.

A group of students developed the pledge after researching what other universities use. Cameron Mann, a student who helped develop the pledge, says the group included international students to ensure it translated well into other languages.

The university is constructing a 40 foot long “Honor Tracks” project which will include words from the pledge.

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