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.

Election Information – Spring 2017

The Honor Court will hold an election to choose one sophomore, two junior and one senior representatives to serve during 2017-2018. Petitions will be available Monday, March 13, in the Honor Court Office on the third floor of the Slemp Center, in the Smith Dining Commons, and the check desk in the Ely Wellness Center. Read the Election Rules.

The Honor Court also seeks qualified students to serve as Counsel for the Defense and Counsel for the Prosecution. Applications are available at the above locations, and may be printed by clicking Prosecutor and Defender application

The Honor System

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 at mrn2ca or Josi Stidham at jcs5gt within 8 class days of the alleged incident.

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
Cathleen Collins
Robin Benke
Jennifer Murray
Anthony Cashio

– Senior Representatives
Taylor Yeary, Chair
Jacob Wyatt Hurd

– Junior Representatives
Serena Burgess
Luke Langhorne Hurley

– Sophomore Representatives
Kellen Larkin
Alison Renee Stallard

– Freshman Representatives
Logan Stuart Baker
Kayla McKenzie Mullins

– Counsel for the Prosecution
Micah Nida
Josi Stidham

– Counsel for the Defense
Christopher Fritze
Matthew Phillip Wright


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.)___ .