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Governing Documents


In 1977, the student body ratified the first constitution for the Honor Committee. This Constitution codifies the main tenets of the Honor System such as its single sanction punishment of suspension 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.

The current Honor Committee Constitution can be found by clicking this link.


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 older versions of the By-Laws, please contact the Chair at

Procedures for Contributory Health Impairment Hearings

The Committee has established procedures for students who wish to claim a Contributory Health Impairment (CHI) 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.