Honor Code Amendments - Fall 2016

honor-codeOver the past year and a half, the Honor Council administration, working with student members of the Honor Council, the Committee on Academic Integrity, the Faculty Advisory Board of the Honor Council, and the Office of the General Counsel, has undertaken a thorough review of the Emory College Honor Code and drafted a revised document. Any changes to the Honor Code must be approved by a 2/3 vote of the Honor Council with the consent of the Dean and must be ratified by a majority of those Emory College students who vote in a special election for that purpose.

The proposed revisions do not seek to create a substantially different Honor Code process; rather, the revisions codify the current practices of the Honor Council, clarify any ambiguity and points of confusion in the current code, and modify language to suggest that this is an academic, not a judicial or criminal process. 

Summary of Changes to the Current Code

Some highlights of the revised code include a new, faster administrative hearing option, available to students who are scheduled to graduate or take a leave of absence. The revised code also provides a more detailed list of Honor Code violations and introduces an electronic device policy and a testing policy to clarify appropriate conduct during exams. Many current practices of the Honor Council are spelled out in the revised procedures in order to make the process more transparent for students. The revised code also changes the jurisdiction of the Honor Council so that students in different schools accused of a violation together would have consistent outcomes. We encourage you to review the exhaustive list of proposed revisions to the Honor Code on this website.

You can find a full version of the proposed code with the changes annotated by clicking here.

Information Sessions

We have organized two Information Sessions in November as an opportunity to present an overview of the proposed changes and answer any questions students might have. 

These Information Sessions will take place on

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6PM in CHEM 316
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 4PM in CHEM 316

If you are unable to attend an information session but have questions you would like to ask, please feel free to contact us using the details provided in the Contact Us section below.



With 67% of the vote, a revised version of the Emory College Honor Code was approved through a student referendum. 

The Honor Code was amended by a majority of students who voted in a special election called for this purpose. The election took place from Monday, December 5, 2016 and Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

Contact Us

Students who have questions about the Honor Code, the proposed amendments or the Honor Council in general are encouraged to reach out to the relevant administrators in the Office for Undergraduate Education


Dean Jason Ciejka
Director of the Honor Council


Ms Blaire Wilson
Assistant Director of the Honor Council