Honor System

Honor System

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise adopted an Honor System in 1956 under which all students pledge to cooperate in acting honestly and honorably. The Honor System is administered by an Honor Court elected by the student body and composed of two representatives of each class. It is the job of the Honor Court to enforce the Honor System and to adjudicate violations.

 

Honor Court Election Fall 2016

The Honor Court has openings for one sophomore and two freshman representatives. Petitions may be picked up in the library, the dining commons, the Honor Court office, the wellness center check-in desk and the fitness center check-in desk. Petitions may also be printed by clicking this link: Election rules and Petition 2016.

 

The primary focus of the Honor System is to address instances of dishonorable conduct within the academic setting. Lying, cheating, and stealing relative to academic work are issues to which the Honor System applies.

A violation of the Honor System is an offense against the entire student body. Students who enforce the system are performing a solemn duty, protecting their individual liberties and the reputation of the student body. In return for acceptance and active guardianship of the Honor System, students enjoy faith in themselves and in one another and receive the confidence of the faculty and administration. The Honor System creates an atmosphere of personal integrity and freedom through individual and collective responsibility.

Violation of the Honor System can result in dismissal or imposition of an intermediate sanction. The College will automatically enforce any sanction imposed by the Honor Court on a student certified to be guilty of a breach of the Honor System.

Faculty who wish to file charges should email Micah Nida, Counsel for the Prosecution, at mrn2ca within 8 class days of the alleged incident.

Click HC Constitution REV 2016 to view the Honor Court Constitution as a PDF.

Honor Court Members

An Honor Court, elected by the student body and composed of two representatives of each class, enforces the Honor System and adjudicates violations.

Advisors to the Honor Court
Matthew Harvey
Jennifer Wilson
Robin Benke
Jennifer Murray
Anthony Cashio

– Senior Representatives
Taylor Yeary, Chair
Jacob Wyatt Hurd

– Junior Representatives
Serena Burgess
Luke Langhorne Hurley

– Sophomore Representatives
Robert Lynn Powers
To be elected in September

– Freshman Representatives
To be elected in September

– Counsel for the Prosecution
Micah Nida

– Counsel for the Defense
Christopher Fritze

Honor Pledge

Students at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise sign the following pledge to all work completed. This signifies understanding and agreement of the articles of the Constitution of the Honor System.

I,         (name)        , certify as a student at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise that I have neither received nor given aid on this ___(test, exam, etc.)___ .