The road to the 2011 adoption of a student honor pledge at CSU began as early as 2006, with the Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU)* deliberating—through several consecutive administrations—the idea of promoting an honor pledge as way to encourage student academic integrity.
In 2008, then ASCSU President, Katie Gleeson, in her Honors Thesis, "Shaping a Culture of Academic Integrity at Colorado State University", formally recommended that the University adopt an honor pledge. That led to a bill, authored by Eric Whittington, a Senator from the College of Liberal Arts, supported by the current and past two ASCSU Directors of Academics being introduced into the Senate in November 2009.
The bill was discussed by all Senate subcommittees and returned to the Senate floor in April of 2010, where it passed. The bill was then forwarded to the Faculty Council and University administration.
During the 2010-11 academic year the Faculty Council Committee on Teaching and Learning considered the ASCSU recommendation, holding an open forum on the issue in February, which resulted in several amendments agreed to by a special task force and the Executive Council. On May 3, 2011 the issue came before Faculty Council and passed on a unanimous vote with no amendments.
The amendment to the Faculty and Professional Manual, as passed by the Faculty Council, was then forwarded to the Colorado State University Board of Governors and approved on June 20, 2011. The revised academic integrity section of the Manual can be viewed in its entirety here.
* ASCSU is the elected deliberative body on campus representing all the students enrolled at Colorado State University.