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Honor Council and Honor Code

Honor Council

"Good moral character" is a prerequisite for admission to the Bar and practice of the law. The imperative of personal integrity, however, exists long before a person is admitted to law practice; personal integrity is necessary in all conduct of a law student, whether law-school related or not.

The College of Law has designated six areas of law student academic misconduct that are within its power to control and in which personal integrity is imperative:

  • the taking of examinations,
  • the preparation of writing assignments,
  • the use of the library and its reference materials,
  • the falsifying of any documents relating to the College of Law,
  • the disrupting of the orderly conduct of classes or meetings in the College of Law, and
  • seeking to identify oneself in order to compromise the anonymous grading system.

The Honor Council is charged with administering the Honor System, informing all students about the Honor System, and evaluating suggestions for changes in the System. The Council shall investigate and, where necessary, adjudicate all suspected violations of the Honor System brought to its attention.

The Honor Council consists of twenty-two members, seventeen students and five full time faculty members. The student members include the President of the Student Bar Association, the Chairperson of the Student Legal Education Committee and five representatives chosen in an election conducted by the Student Bar Association in the fall of each year.

All non-adjudicatory meetings of the Council are open to the public. The minutes of these meetings are recorded and posted with the College.

Honor Code and Honor System

As revised, amended and approved by the Faculty at its regular meetings, October 6, October 27, 1989, May 6, 1994, May 8, 2000, May 6, 2016, and April 14, 2017.

Read Honor Code (pdf)