Founded in 1840, the Honor System is one of the University of Virginia’s most cherished institutions. Based on the principle that University students want to be trusted, the Honor System helps create and strengthen a schoolwide community of trust.
Explanation of the Honor System
Each student is charged with the responsibility to refrain from dishonorable conduct. Accompanying this individual commitment to abide by the Honor System is an even more demanding commitment and responsibility to ask those who violate our standard of honor to leave the University. Accepting these responsibilities is vital to the successful maintenance of our student-run Honor System.
By today's standard, an honor offense is defined as an intentional act of lying, cheating or stealing which warrants permanent dismissal from the University. For more on the criteria used to determine whether or not an honor offense has occurred, please refer to the guidelines given by the Honor Committee.
Students who enroll at the University benefit from the freedom and security provided by the Honor System; every student must agree to live by and support the spirit of honor. Applicants who are not prepared to embrace this freedom and accept this responsibility should not apply for admission. If you have further questions, please visit the Honor Committee website
. The background and operation of the Honor System are fully explained during Darden Orientation.