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The Honor Code & Honor Councils

A Revised Honor Code

In August 2013, President Reveley approved the first substantial revisions to the Honor Code since 1997.  The revised Code provides for clarified definitions, a new Early Resolution process for certain cases, the creation of an Honor System Advisory Committee, and sanction guidelines to provide for more tailored sanctions.  A direct link to the new Code is available here.

The Honor Code

Among the most significant traditions of the College of William and Mary in Virginia is its student-administered honor system. The essence of the honor system is individual responsibility. We entrust students to maintain the Code and adjudicate matters involving alleged violations of the Code.

The Honor Code is an enduring tradition at the College with documented history that originates as far back as 1736. Today, students administer the Honor pledge to each incoming student and educate faculty and administration on the relevance of the Code and its application to students' lives at the College. Students administer the Code through six Honor Councils and the Council of Chairs.

The Honor Code prohibits lying, cheating, and stealing.  For definitions of each offense, view Honor System, Section 2: Infractions of the Student Handbook.

The Pledge

"As a member of the William and Mary community, I pledge on my honor not to lie, cheat, or steal, either in my academic or personal life.  I understand that such acts violate the Honor Code and undermine the community of trust, of which we are all stewards."

The Honor Councils

William and Mary's Honor Council consists of six councils: Undergraduate, Education, Law, Marine Sciences, Business, and Arts and Sciences.  The governing bodies of each of these entities determine the criteria for selection/election of their officers and council members.  Please navigate to each council's page using the link above.