Topics: Honor system

The Honor System at UNC is made up of three branches: An honor court, a student attorney general’s staff and an outreach wing.

The attorney general and their staff are responsible for maintaining the schedule of the court. It is up to the attorney general to determine whether a complaint against a student merits a case. The attorney general assigns members of their staff to defend and prosecute students accused of violating the Honor Code.

The honor system outreach staff is responsible for teaching students about the honor system and code. They conduct seminars during orientation and host a week of honor system activities during October.

UNC has one of the country’s only completely student-run honor systems. The Honor Code contains provisions related to academic conduct, including plagiarism and academic dishonesty, as well as disciplinary violations such as drunken driving. The committee on student conduct makes changes to the code. In 2012, it was decided that the honor system would no longer be in charge of sexual assault cases.

The chancellor appoints three members of the committee. The chairman of the Faculty Council also appoints three faculty members. The student body president appoints four undergraduate student members, and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation President appoints two representative members.

The undergraduate student attorney general, undergraduate Honor Court chairwoman, the graduate student attorney general, the graduate Honor Court chair, honor system outreach coordinator and the assistant dean for judicial programs represent their respective organizations as ex-officio members.

More than half of Honor Court academic cases are students of color

Fifty-six percent of academic cases in the University’s Honor Court concern students of color, said Honor Court Vice Chairperson Marty Davidson at the Feb. 19 Faculty Council meeting — a disproportionate figure compared to UNC’s 63 percent white campus


Honor Court penalties for DWI vary

Two UNC students can be arrested for the same crime, go through the same Honor Court proceedings and receive completely different punishments.


NC public defenders face budget change

After the state budget passed in September, some say a shift in control of funding for North Carolina’s public defenders might have passed through the legislature without a fair trial.


Q&A with Honor Court Chairperson Will Almquist

Will Almquist is a senior from Charlotte. He came to UNC as a Morehead-Cain Scholar and served on the undergraduate Honor Court for two years before being named chairperson in March. He spoke with Daily Tar Heel staff writer Anna Freeman to discuss his experiences and thoughts on the Honor Court after assuming a leadership role.


Student Congress confirms new student leaders

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The Student Congress Rules and Judiciary Committee confirmed the director of state and external affairs position Tuesday night, helping to fill the cabinet of Student Body President-elect Houston Summers. 


Students split on policy protecting Rita Balaban's unmasking

Economics professor Rita Balaban has no regrets, and the general opinion around campus seems to be that she doesn’t need them.


Working group talks athletic department's interactions with Honor Court

Less than a month after four football players were sent to the student attorney general for being accused of assaulting redshirt freshman wide receiver Jackson Boyer during training camp, the Student-Athlete Academic Initiative Working Group reviewed the Department of Athletics’ procedures for interacting with the Honor Court. 


UNC evaluated on freedom of speech

To Greg Lukianoff, the fact that UNC celebrates First Amendment Day shows the University is at least trying.


Investigation of UNC football team handed to Honor System

Student Attorney General Raquel Dominguez will determine whether an investigation will continue in the case regarding the alleged assault of UNC redshirt freshman wide receiver Jackson Boyer.


UNC Honor System informs with food

The list of what Student Congress cannot pay for is short: no firearms, no T-shirts, no lobbying and no food.


New Honor Court rules for hearings, penalties

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The Honor Court will now need less evidence to convict students after major changes were implemented to the student Honor Code this month.


Honor court panel to add faculty

Academic dishonesty cases will go before a faculty member as well as students when UNC’s honor system revisions go into effect Aug. 1.


Attorney General, Honor Court chairwoman chosen

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As two students take the helm as the leaders of UNC’s Honor Court, they hope to smoothly implement changes that have been worked on for years.


Honor Court faculty to receive training session

Faculty members’ limited comfort with the processes of UNC’s honor system was the driving force behind new faculty roles to be implemented next fall.


New Honor Court leaders push transparency

ånna Sturkey, the student attorney general for the Honor Court this year, said she knows there are a lot of eyes on the honor system. The Honor Court and system as a whole has made many headlines throughout the past few years, especially regarding its procedure when handling sexual assault cases.


Sexual Assault Task Force continues work

The University’s Sexual Assault Task Force will continue rewrites of the Honor Code this fall — despite its original goal to have recommendations ready by the time students returned to school.


Student Congress gears up for upcoming school year

At the second Student Congress meeting of the summer Tuesday, Student Body President Christy Lambden announced one step being taken to address the University’s handling of sexual assault cases.


New retaliation probe announced

Despite a pre-emptive external review completed by the University weeks ago, a third federal investigation regarding UNC’s handling of sexual assault cases now looms.


Gambill case review reveals flaws in Honor System

An external review of the Landen Gambill Honor Court case detailed weaknesses in the University’s Honor System and called into question the merits of an entirely student-run court.


Task force debates definition of sexual assault

The University’s Sexual Assault Task Force is taking a measured approach as it attempts to bring clarity and accessibility to UNC’s Honor Code — but qualms about the power dynamics of the group have been raised.