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Premise for the Graduate & Professional Honor System 

The Graduate & Professional Honor System is a process designed to respond to allegations of student misconduct. While there are numerous similarities between the honor system and a court of law, the system is not a criminal court.

The purpose of this system is to protect the academic process and the learning community and to uphold the values of academic and personal integrity. The system also strives to uphold the accused student’s right to due process.

Upon enrollment in the University, all students, regardless of their status, agreed to uphold and abide by the Honor Code. This means that they agree to accept the consequences of their actions, should they violate the code.

The University places a high value on student self-governance. As a result the system is largely operated by students with significant support from the faculty and the administration. All sanctions are enacted by the Office of Student Conduct on behalf of the University’s administration.