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Honor Code

For more than 130 years, Carolina students have pledged not to lie, cheat, or steal. Students enjoy a great deal of freedom at Carolina and have been entrusted to hold each other accountable for maintaining a just and safe community. As such, students hear and decide all alleged cases of conduct and academic integrity violations.

About the Honor Code

The Honor Code is the heart of integrity at Carolina. In brief, the Honor Code says that all students shall "Refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing," but the Honor Code means much more. It is the guiding force behind the students' responsible exercise of freedom, the foundation of student self-governance here at UNC-Chapel Hill. The University maintains an Honor Code because we believe that all members of our community should be responsible for upholding the values that have been agreed upon by the community. A written Honor Code is an affirmation of our commitment to high standards of conduct inside and outside of the classroom.

The Honor Code is found in a document known as the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance. The Instrument is the University's official document containing the rules and regulations that guide the Honor System. The list of prohibited conduct and the possible sanctions given by the Honor Court can all be found in the Instrument. This document also includes information on the rights and responsibilities of all members of our community to the Honor System and under the Honor System.

Read the Code

While the Instrument is continuously amended to address new circumstances and challenges, it remains the foundation of the system of student self-governance. The Instrument is available online. To obtain a hard copy of the Instrument, contact the Office of the Honor System at 919.966.4084 or email the Judicial Programs Assistant.

Policy on Prohibited Harassment and Discrimination

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. In accordance with its Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill does not discriminate in offering equal access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of an individual's race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (hereinafter his/her "protected status"). The University recognizes the rights of all members of the University community to learn and work in an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination based on his/her protected status as described above. Any harassment or discrimination of University students, and employees, including faculty, EPA non-faculty, SPA employees, post-doctoral scholars, and student employees is prohibited. This policy also prohibits retaliation against an individual who in good faith utilizes the procedures herein included as appendices and/or participates in any investigation related to an allegation of prohibited harassment or discrimination. The complete text of the Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination is located at http://policy.sites.unc.edu/files/2013/04/nondiscrim.pdf.

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