The Honor Pledge can either be handwritten by the student, or printed on tests and other work, and signed by the student. It is each instructor's decision (or departmental policy) as to which course components. In order to be most effective in reinforcing the value of exercising academic integrity, we recommend that the use of the honor pledge is ongoing throughout the course and not solely an exercise at the beginning. Reminder; not signing the honor pledge will not be considered as evidence that a student has committed academic misconduct. It should be clear that students whose religious tenets prohibit taking oaths will not be expected to sign the pledge.
Before the first time you ask students to use the pledge, you should discuss what it means and why you are asking them to sign it.
For more on this, please see Creating a Classroom Culture of Integrity.