Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Justice Studies (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Laura E. Agnich


Annually colleges and universities spend countless hours updating their student codes of conduct, but is this added time worth the hassle if students continue to break the code? The purpose of this study was to examine the effects a student’s knowledge of a university’s code of conduct may have on the amount of code-breaking behaviors committed on campus. A survey was administered to students at Georgia Southern University analyzing students’ knowledge and perceptions of academic dishonesty and plagiarism on campus. Each participant was asked a series of questions analyzing their knowledge of the code, its sanctions, as well as the severity of cases commonly seen on campuses. The data revealed statistical significance with students’ whom reported breaking the code of conduct and whether they had or had not read, and were given access to the student conduct code published by the university.