The Honor Code is a central part of Lawrence life. The Honor Code helps to promote a more trusting and open environment by fostering honest behavior.

No Lawrence student will unfairly advance his or her own academic performance or in any way limit or impede the academic pursuits of other students of the Lawrence community.

Overview of the Code

Established at Lawrence in 1962 (and amended in 1970 and 1998), the Honor Code reflects a central value of our college - academic integrity. Only about 400 colleges and universities in the U.S. have such an honor system. Unlike many other honor systems which are run by administrators, or a panel of faculty members, Lawrence’s system is overseen by an Honor Council comprised entirely of students. The faculty at Lawrence entrust the students to oversee the Code on behalf of the Lawrence academic community.

The Honor Code is a great privilege and a great responsibility. The Faculty trusts that students will do honest academic work and this trust allows students certain privileges. For example, exams are frequently unproctored, or sometimes given as take-home exams. This privilege brings with it responsibility. Lawrence faculty and students, as members of our community, are expected to report all potential honor code violations, for example, cheating on exams or plagiarism on papers and assignments. This is our responsibility.

On this web page, we hope to answer questions you may have about the Honor Code, the Honor Council, or other issues related to the Lawrence Honor System. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to email the Honor Council at

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