5: University Regulations

Academic Regulations | Non-Academic Regulations | The Honor System
Department of Parking and Transportation Services | Department of Student Health

Origin | Responsibilities | The Honor Committee
Juries | Honor Support Officers | The Bad Check Committee


The benefits that accrue from the Honor System, both tangible and intangible, are possible only if the system is supported by the entire student body. Each student has a responsibility under this system to report any breach of the Honor Code to the Honor Committee.

Students who enforce the system are not spying or talebearing; rather, they are performing the solemn duty of protecting their individual liberties and those of the student body. An accused student may either admit his or her guilt and leave the University or inform the Honor Committee that he or she would like a jury panel to convene to consider the case. After a full hearing of the case, the accused student is absolved of all guilt or found guilty by a jury of his or her peers. In the event of a guilty verdict the student is denied further membership in the University community and is not entitled to receive or hold a degree from the University of Virginia. Shortly after matriculation, every entering student is given an orientation on the philosophy and procedures of the Honor System. The first exposure to the system, however, takes place before enrollment begins. Videos and letters containing information about the Honor System are sent to each prospective student, so that before accepting admission to the University, the student understands his or her obligation to the Honor System inherent in that acceptance.

The Honor System has thrived as a way of life at the University since 1842. Its success represents the willingness of every student generation to live by its principles. The system's continued strength depends upon the responsibility of the current and future students of the University.

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