The Honor System
Academic Integrity Matters.
Stetson University values both academic rigor and values-centered education. The Honor System is a central expression of this dual commitment.
Stetson University seeks students who are actively involved in their education, and who expect a superior academic experience, as befits a leading institution of higher education. Academic dishonesty invalidates this experience. It rejects the substance of the academy (learning and inquiry), and substitutes a superficial focus on externalities (passing the course, getting the diploma, etc.).
The university also seeks students who uphold high standards of integrity. We value honesty and wholeness of purpose in all endeavors. Breaches of academic integrity rob both the individual and the institution. They are antithetical to all that we represent as a university. The Honor Pledge is the central statement of the Stetson University Honor System. All incoming students are expected to subscribe to the pledge upon entrance to the university. They are asked to reaffirm the pledge on a regular basis, by writing the word "pledged" in front of their signature when they submit exams and papers.
The Honor System Council, composed entirely of students, is charged with administering the Honor System. Their primary task is to educate the campus community regarding issues of academic integrity, and to promote the Honor System at the university. A secondary task is to serve as a peer hearing board, in cases of alleged academic dishonesty.
It is noteworthy that the Honor System at Stetson University developed out of a student initiative. The Student Government Association proposed the current system, which was then ratified by both students and faculty to operate on a three-year trial basis, beginning in the fall of 2003. At the end of the trial period, a campus-wide vote was held, and over 90 percent of students and faculty who voted opted to keep the system. It was thus established on an ongoing basis.
The full text of the document detailing the Honor System and its procedures is available online. This website addresses some common issues raised by students and faculty about the system. We also provide information about how to report an Honor System violation, as well as an outline on what happens if you are accused of an Honor System violation. Finally, we also give information about joining the Honor System Council.