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Honor Code

Students laughing

The Longwood University Honor System is comprised of:

  • Honor Code
  • Academic Pledge of Honor
  • Honor Creed
  • Honor Code of Conduct Standards and Regulations

The three basic provisions of the Honor Code of Conduct, which strictly forbids lying, cheating, or stealing, represent the standards of integrity and moral responsibility that all students, groups, and organizations are expected to exemplify.

The Honor Code is one of Longwood's proudest traditions. Established by the student body in 1910, for 100 years the student-elected Honor Board has protected the basic values of honor and academic integrity. The Honor Creed is prominently displayed in the University Library, and each classroom contains a copy of the Academic Honor Pledge

As one of the most respected traditions at Longwood University, the Honor System promotes an atmosphere of trust, where students are presumed honorable unless their actions prove them otherwise. It also serves as a higher-order set of moral standards and principles for all members of the community to follow and take with them wherever their lives may lead.

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless,
and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."
Samuel Johnson, English author


The Honor Board

  • Board members are students elected each year by the student body.  Open positions after elections are filled by nominations and interviews.
  • The Honor Board meets every Monday, starting at 7:00 PM while classes are in session.
  • The Honor board hears alleged violations of lying, cheating, and stealing.  This includes issues of academic integrity and plaigarism.
  • The Board may recommend sanctions up to Expulsion.
  • Incidents which include alleged violations of both the Code of Conduct Standards and Regulations and Honor Code of Conduct Standards and Regulations are heard by the Honor Board, which will made decisions for both Codes.
  • Specific information about Honor Code violations and hearing procedures is in the Student Handbook (pdf).

2015-2016 Honor Board

Chair:         Maggie Marshall

Vice-Chair:  Erica Tedder