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All students who are alleged to have violated the Honor Code are guaranteed certain basic rights designed to ensure a fair hearing. These rights include access to any evidence against them and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

  1. Information & Informed Choices
  2. Presumption of Innocence
  3. Counsel
  4. Fair hearing
  5. Refusal of Self-Incrimination
  6. Evidence & Witnesses
  7. Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  8. Appeals & Rehearings

A listing of students’ procedural rights and explanations can be found in The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.


All Carolina students are expected to refrain from lying, cheating, and stealing. The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance sets forth additional responsibilities, which can be summarized in four main points:

  1. Obey and support the enforcement of the Honor Code
  2. Refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing
  3. Conduct themselves so as not to impair significantly the welfare or the educational opportunities of others in the University community
  4. Refrain from conduct that impairs or may impair the capacity of University and associated personnel to perform their duties, manage resources, protect the safety and welfare of members of the University community, and maintain the integrity of the University

These responsibilities are the minimum expected of members of the Student Body; all students are expected to actively support and protect the ideals of the Honor System at Carolina. These responsibilities must not only be met, but exceeded, for Carolina’s Honor System to continue to thrive.

Examples of Offenses of the Honor Code

  • Academic cheating including but not limited to unauthorized copying and collaboration, or use of notes or books on examinations
  • Plagiarism:  defined as the deliberate or reckless representation of another’s words, thoughts, or ideas as one’s own
  • Furnishing false information
  • Forgery or other misuse of University documents
  • Damage, theft or other misuse of University property
  • Hazing
  • Inflicting physical injury upon a person
  • Sexual assault
  • Harassment
  • Carrying a weapon
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Manufacture, sale or delivery, or possession of illegal substances
  • DUI
  • Aiding or abetting any of the above offenses