Honor Code Violations and Sanctions

Violations of the Honor Code include lying, cheating, stealing, conduct unbecoming a medical professional and toleration of the aforementioned acts in all their various forms. These terms are explained as follows:

  1. Lying: Any deliberate verbal, written or other misrepresentation of the truth.

    This violation includes, but is not limited to: forgery and the falsification or misuse of the student identification card by using another’s card or by allowing another to use one’s own card; falsification of documents concerning sickness or physicians visits, financial aid documents and transcripts; verbal attempts to mislead others; and omissions and embellishments of the plain truth.

  2. Cheating: Any intentional misrepresentation of another’s work as one’s own or a misrepresentation of the circumstances under which the work was done.

    This violation includes, but is not limited to, copying, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration and unauthorized divulging of test contents or other information.

  3. Stealing: Any intent to deprive an owner of property without authorization or consent.

    This violation includes, but is not limited to, the taking of any item belonging to another person or RUSM, the theft or mutilation of library material, the unauthorized use or duplication of a key belonging to RUSM, and failure to pay money when owed to an individual or business.

  4. Conduct unbecoming of a medical professional: Any behavior deemed inappropriate of a medical professional that would otherwise reflect poorly upon RUSM and its representatives.

    This violation includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, illegal use/possession/distribution/sale of drugs, public intoxication to a gross extent and public indecency. Lesser offenses may also be deemed conduct unbecoming a medical professional.

  5. Toleration: Failure of a student to report items A: lying, B: cheating, C: stealing and D: conduct unbecoming of a medical professional. Toleration constitutes a violation of the Honor Code and that student is thereby subject to disciplinary action.


  1. Following a finding or an admission of responsibility, the Honor Council shall recommend to the Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs one or more of the following sanctions:
    • Academic violations: In a case involving academic violations, the academic sanction shall include a failing grade and may include one or more of the following:
      • Probation: Probation places the student on notice that any future violation of the Honor Code will result in either suspension for a specified period of time or permanent dismissal from RUSM.
      • Suspension: A suspension is the loss of registration privileges for the specified semester(s). The period of suspension must be at least one semester, and may be longer at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or his/her designee. In cases where the offense takes place in one semester, and the penalty is imposed in a subsequent semester, a failing grade may be assigned in one or more courses for the semester in which the offense took place. The assigning of a failing grade is in addition to a suspension effective in the specified semester.
      • Non-academic probation: This form of probation is a comprehensive loss of social privileges for the allotted period of probation. The following events/activities are prohibited for the probation period:
        • SGA or Student Organization entertainment and/or social events
        • RUSM sponsored social events, not those relating to religion
        • Note: The non-academic probation sanction does not prohibit participation in any events required by professors or that are considered academic service. The full privileges of being a RUSM student will be restored upon completion of the allocated period of social probation.
      • Permanent dismissal: A student receiving the penalty of permanent dismissal is not eligible to return to RUSM.
      • Violations of Conduct Unbecoming of a Medical Professional: In the case of a violation of conduct unbecoming of a medical professional, the sanctions outlined in the Student Handbook may be recommended based on the severity of the offense.
    • Non-academic violations: In a case involving non-academic violations sanctions may include one or more sanctions from the list above: RUSM may also choose to impose other sanctions, not listed here, depending on the nature and severity of the misconduct.