Civil Engineering and Construction Management are licensed professions that are 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).
The Department has established this Honor Code Policy because it has an obligation to the State and the public to prevent students from entering the profession who are not honest and trustworthy in their academic efforts. This Honor Code Policy allows the Department to recommend disciplinary action to the University Office of Student Services and to remove students from the Department who have violated the Honor Code. This Honor Code is consistent with the Student Conduct and Discipline Chapter of the Student Affairs Section of the Handbook of Operating Procedures of the University of Texas at El Paso. The Honor Code applies to graduate and undergraduate students, faculty members, and administrators. The Honor Code is based on these requirements:
- Engineers must possess personal integrity both as students and as professionals. They must ensure safety, health, fairness, and honesty in their undertakings.
- Students in the Department are honorable and trustworthy.
- The students, faculty, and administrators of the Department trust each other to uphold the principles of the Honor Code, and they are jointly responsible for precautions against violations of its policies.
- It is dishonorable for students to receive credit for work that is not the result of their own efforts.
Department students are required to sign an Honor Code Agreement which will be kept on file with the Department. The Honor Code has been established to support and enforce course policies set by instructors. Course instructors have exceptional latitude when preparing the policies for their courses. This can lead to variations between policies of different courses. It is the instructor's responsibility to clearly develop course policies. 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.
Department students enrolled in courses outside of the Department must abide by the policies of the school or college in which the course is offered. Students who are not members of the Department who take a course offered by the Department are bound by the policies of the Honor Code.