1. We, the students and faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, adopt this Honor Code to promote the following objectives:
      1. to guide pre-professional behavior of law students;
      2. to provide sanctions for behavior inconsistent with this Code; and
      3. to prepare law students to meet the ethical standards of the legal profession.
    2. This Honor Code applies to the following:
      1. To all students at the University of Missouri-Columbia whose primary designation is in the School of Law;
        1. Regardless of whether the conduct takes place within or without the School of Law;
        2. Regardless of whether the academic course is designated a “Law” course or designated as a course by some other department/college of the University of Missouri or any other college or university, PROVIDED, however, that the course counts for credit towards a law degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia;
      2. To any other student taking classes a the School of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia be that student;
        1. A student whose primary designation is within another college or department and is enrolled for one or more courses within the School of Law;
        2. A visiting student in the School of Law, regardless of the home department/college/university of that visiting student;
        3. A part-time student in the School of Law, regardless of the home department/college/university of that part-time student;
      3. To any student taking classes within the auspices of the LLM Program in Dispute Resolution at the School of Law, but only to the extent such student or their conduct is NOT covered by the Honor Code of the LLM program;
      4. In appropriate circumstances, and depending on facts of a particular case, the Associate Dean may cede jurisdiction of a matter covered by this Honor Code to another university/college/department/program which has an approved Honor or Student Conduct Code with concurrent jurisdiction over conduct covered by this Code;
    3. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that supports the School of Law’s educational mission. The purpose of the Code is to promote and secure academic integrity, virtue, fairness, equal academic opportunity, respect for others, and professionalism at the School of Law. The Honor Code applies to all applicants, students enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, and students taking one or more of its courses. Upon acceptance for admission to the School of Law, entering students shall be informed that this Code exists. Students shall be charged with notice of, and be bound by, this Honor Code. Students are obligated not only to follow these principles, but also to take an active role in encouraging other students to respect them.
    4. Indeed, all members of the School of Law community should take active roles in the promotion and maintenance of an environment of academic integrity. These roles include, but are not limited to, the following:
      1. Knowing and abiding by the Honor Code.
      2. Advising, including advising in writing by the instructor, of his or her policy regarding academic dishonesty at the beginning of each semester.
      3. Taking safeguards to deter violations of the Honor Code.
      4. Reporting suspected acts of academic dishonesty to the Associate Dean.
      5. Ensuring that other members of the School of Law community are diligent in their responsibilities to the maintenance of academic integrity.
    5. Conduct that may violate the Code may also have consequences outside the Code, including, but not limited to, the following:
      1. Without regard to the outcome of any proceeding under this Code, the course instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student’s grade on that work and in that course. Regardless of the outcome of the proceedings under the Honor Code, the instructor may award a failing grade on the assignment, a failing grade in the course, or may otherwise adjust the assignment or course grade as merited by the work. Students wishing to appeal a course grade should follow the MU grade appeal process included in the University of Missouri M-Book.
      2. Students should note that they generally will be required to report any Honor Code violation on state bar application forms.
      3. The School of Law will report Honor Code violations and sanctions to appropriate bar and court authorities consistent with federal and state law.


The following forms of conduct, or attempts at such conduct, violate the School of Law honor Code. Specific examples of each form of conduct are provided for purposes of illustration. Each example should be read to include the state of mind set forth in the general description of prohibited conduct of which it is an example.