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John D. Simon

John D. Simon
Executive Vice President & Provost

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The Faculty Member and the Honor System

The Honor System, administered by students, is the basis for student self-government. At the heart of the system is the assumption that anyone who enrolls at the University is bound by a code of honor. An Honor offense is defined as an intentionally dishonest act of lying, cheating, or stealing, which, in the opinion of students, is serious enough to warrant permanent dismissal from the University. Failure to report a potential Honor offense, while not itself an offense, violates the tenet of the community and the spirit of the system. If a student violates the Honor Code, he or she cannot remain a member of the University community and is not entitled to receive or hold a degree from the University of Virginia.

The Honor Committee recommends requiring all students to write out and sign a pledge on all graded work. Appended to an assignment or examination, the pledge is a signed reaffirmation of the student's commitment to academic integrity. The standard pledge is, "On my honor as a student, I have neither given nor received aid on this examination (or assignment)."

A faculty member who suspects an Honor offense has occurred should contact an Honor advisor or the Honor Committee representative elected from their particular school.

Faculty members are expected not to use their own sanctions as a substitute for an Honor investigation. A faculty member who believes that an investigation has not been conducted properly should notify the Honor Committee or the vice chair for investigations at 924-7602.

Faculty members have the discretion to assign grades, or take other appropriate academic measures, regardless of the outcome of an Honor investigation. The assignment of grades and other academic measures are subject to University policies and procedures, including grade appeals.