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Provost's Statement, September 4, 2013

TO:      Hofstra University Students and Faculty

FR:      Herman A. Berliner, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

RE:      Hofstra University Honor Code

I very much appreciate the work of the Academic Integrity Task Force and I enthusiastically endorse the proposal to establish an Honor Code and an Honor Board.  Both are designed to promote, protect, and uphold academic integrity on our campus and I am pleased, given President Rabinowitz’s support and approval, that we can move forward with implementation.  Meaningful, comprehensive implementation involves all of us “committing to the code.”  I am certainly ready to do so.  Signing signifies that each of us is accountable for our words - both what we say and what we write, and signing also signifies that our speaking and our writing represents our own work. 

All of us at Hofstra applaud your success and we applaud your achievements. We appreciate your good work and recognize your accomplishments.  But the system only works well and the recognition is only allocated fairly and appropriately if the work is in fact yours.  Join with us in vouching for and validating the integrity of your efforts.  You should do so with pride.

We are all part of Hofstra at the strongest point in its history.  We are a national University and our students and faculty are the reason we have reached this level of accomplishment.  But with all of our efforts and all of our excellent work, we can achieve even more.  Please stand up for integrity, click this link and “Commit to the Code”.  Please also continue to do all you can to assure that your future and the University’s future are as successful as they can be.  Thanks and continued success. 

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