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Information For Students

Why did Stetson University adopt the Honor System?

The university adopted the Honor System as a reflection on its high academic standards and core values. The student-run system is a way of ensuring the quality of a Stetson University education and that the environment in which that education takes place is steeped in ethical values.

What do the students on the Honor System Council do?

Council members have the following roles:

  • We educate the campus community about the Honor System and issues of academic integrity.
  • We work to inspire students to uphold high ethical standards.
  • We serve as a peer hearing board in cases of alleged academic dishonesty.

I know (or suspect) that someone cheated. What do I do?

Stetson University's Honor System doesn't compel you to report cheating. However, you are encouraged to do so. By promoting the system in this way, we hope to develop an environment in which the ideals of academic integrity are so pervasive that students naturally and voluntarily report violations when they occur.

To report a violation, refer to the Reporting a Violation page.

Can I report violations anonymously?

We discourage anonymous reports. and will act at our discretion on anonymous reports of violations.

How can I show my support for the Honor System?

All incoming students sign the Honor Pledge when they enter the university. Students are encouraged to write the word "pledged" before their name when submitting papers and exams as a symbol of their ongoing support for the principles of the Honor System.

How can I get involved?

The Honor System Council regularly partners with students and student groups to present programming on academic integrity and ethical decision-making. Some examples include:

  • For resident assistants, we can do a presentation for your floor
  • For members of Greek organizations, we can do a presentations on academic standards and integrity
  • For members of student organizations, we'll work with you to co-host an event

Email us at so we can discuss the necessary arrangements.

How do I join the Honor System Council?

Appointments to the Honor System Council for service during the next academic year are usually made in the spring. Information about the selection process will be publicized at that time. Further information, including application materials, is available on the Honor System Council page.