Honor Code


Background

Civil engineering is a licensed profession that is regulated by each state through a licensing or engineering practice law. Each state requires engineers to protect the public safety and act in an honest and trustworthy manner. These standards of ethical behavior are also codified in ethics guidelines established by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). To summarize from one of the organization's codes, provided here are the Preamble and Fundamental Canons of the NSPE Code of Ethics:

Preamble

Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct.

I. Fundamental Canons Engineers, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, shall:

    1. Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
    2. Perform services only in areas of their competence.
    3. Issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner.
    4. Act for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees.
    5. Avoid deceptive acts.
    6. Conduct themselves honorably, responsibly, ethically, and lawfully so as to enhance the honor, reputation, and usefulness of the profession.

(NSPE, 2010, http://www.nspe.org/Ethics/CodeofEthics/index.html, Accessed 30 Nov 2010)

Thus, recognizing the critical nature of ethical conduct in the Civil Engineering Profession, the Department of Civil Engineering (Department) has established this Honor Code to govern the behavior of engineering students being trained to enter this licensed profession.

Students are responsible for understanding the Honor Code and course policies and should consult with the instructor if they are unclear. If a student consults with the instructor and still feels the policies for a course are not clear or fair, the student should notify the Department Chairperson.

Honor Code Policy. pdf

Honor Code Agreement. pdf