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Student self-governance has played an integral part in the proper development of the UNC student community since the late 19th century. By 1890, matters of academic dishonesty and social misconduct were handled by the students of the university. Continued evolution of both the university and its student body necessitated the creation and implementation of our first student constitution in 1946, establishing five student courts. Continued evaluation of our process and disapproval of the system among the students in the 1950s and 1960s prompted reforms and in 1974, The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance was adopted.

The Instrument, as it has come to be known, serves as the University’s definitive statement on student disciplinary governance. It delineates the Honor Code and includes all structures and procedures of our Honor System here at Carolina. Although one may view this document as a set of rules that are to be followed while here at Carolina, the purpose of The Instrument is to instill values and character in the students at UNC. While this governing text does empower the students to take action in situations where a student neglects or abuses responsibilities addressed therein, it serves more as a tool to instill character in our students, and should be thought of as a description of the type of students found here at Carolina; honest, responsible, trustworthy, and above all, individuals with remarkable character and leadership.

You may view the Instrument here: The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.