In 1977, the student body ratified a Constitution for the Honor Committee. This Constitution codifies the main tenets of the Honor System such as its single sanction punishment of expulsion and the criteria under which an act can be considered an Honor offense. It also guarantees students facing trial certain rights under the System. Though, amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by a 2/3 majority vote of the Honor Committee, ratification of such amendments must be passed by a vote of the student body. Thus, the Honor Committee Constitution accords the student body with the right to change the Honor System directly or override the will of the Honor Committee by popular referendum.
Note: The Constitution was changed on February 26, 2016, reflecting the ratification of an amendment by the student body. For previous versions of the Constitution, please contact Evan Pivonka.
The purpose of the by-laws of the Honor Committee is to describe generally the powers of the Honor Committee and its associated support officers, as well as the procedures of the Honor System. While the by-laws contain many specific provisions, they are not meant to be an exhaustive list of enumerated powers, responsibilities, and procedures that extend to every imaginable contingency. Instead they are a general framework from which the Committee, using sound judgment and reason, can deduce the extent of its power and responsibility, and the procedural limitations on the Honor System.
- For cases reported on or after August 1, 2016, click here
- For cases reported on or after September 30, 2015, click here
- For cases reported on or after September 6, 2015, click here
- For cases reported on or after August 1, 2015, click here
- For cases reported on or after April 27, 2014, click here
- For cases reported on or after September 15, 2013, click here
- For cases reported between April 21, 2013 and September 14, 2013 click here
- For cases reported between March 3, 2013 and April 20, 2013, click here
For older versions of the By-Laws, please contact Evan Pivonka, Special Assistant to the Honor Committee.
Procedures for Psychological Hearings on Honor Offenses
The Committee has established procedures for students who wish to claim a Contributory Mental Disorder (CMD) or to assert Lack of Capacity (LC).
Delegation of Authority
The Honor Committee derives its authority to adjudicate possible Honor offenses directly from the Board of Visitors. This delegation is explicitly outlined in a resolution published by the Board.