The Honor Code at the University of Virginia
A Guide for Teaching Assistants
What the Honor system is all about: UVa's Honor Code evokes an ideal of student character,
conduct, and citizenship, and is an important part of the University's mission and core identity.
It emphasizes the importance of honesty, respect, and trust in relating to members of one's
community. In practice, as a code of conduct, it says do not lie, cheat, or steal. To take any of
these actions would be to violate the community of trust among students, faculty, and staff here
at the University of Virginia.
How it works: The system is student run, administered by a 27-person Honor Committee to
which each school sends representatives the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has two
representatives. The Honor Committee is intended to promote the system of trust, and deal
with violations in these three areas only at present, anything other than lying, cheating or
stealing is a matter for other student bodies such as the University Judiciary Committee, or the
How TA's are involved: Teaching Assistants are in a unique position in regard to the Honor
Code being bound by it as students, but also having a teaching role in which they may
observe violations of that code.
We hope that this is not something you will experience as a TA, and thus have provided some