Sadly, I can’t remember who suggested we add “honor code” to our ever-growing Glossary of Confusing Words (if it was you, let me know so I can give you credit!), but it’s a good one.
If you’re not familiar with our Glossary of Confusing Words, it’s our attempt to clarify and define all the words about American education that can be confusing to international students. The words are entirely submitted by YOU, and there’s a form at the bottom of this article to submit any words you want us to add.
What’s an Honor Code?
Not every university has an honor code, but for those that do, the honor code is a set of principles that all students pledge to uphold. Honor codes usually deal with academic integrity, but some extend to personal values as well, like respect and proper behavior.
Georgetown University students, for example, agree to the following pledge when they enroll at the university:
In pursuit of the high ideals and rigorous standards of academic life I commit myself to respect and to uphold the Georgetown University honor system:
To be honest in every academic endeavor, and
To conduct myself honorably, as a responsible member of the Georgetown community as we live and work together.