The Honor Code

Salem College is a community of honor. I will show respect for my community by behaving with honesty, integrity, and civility.

As a responsibility to my honor community:

  1. I will show respect for my classmates and faculty by maintaining honesty in my academic work and refraining from cheating.
  2. I will show respect for my community and peers by maintaining integrity and honesty in my daily life and refraining from stealing and lying.
  3. I will show respect for faculty, staff, my peers, classmates, and members of the administration by maintaining civility and refraining from disruptive and abusive language and behavior.

I acknowledge that I will be held accountable for my decisions and behavior, and I will accept the consequences of my actions. In choosing Salem College, I pledge to uphold the principles of the Honor Code and will cherish and guard its traditions.

The Honor Tradition

The Honor Tradition is a vital and unifying aspect of the Salem College community that encourages each student to make a commitment to learning grounded in the pursuit of excellence, in community, and in responsibility to self and the world. By accepting a place in our community of scholars, each student assumes full responsibility for her actions in all phases of her life at Salem. The Honor Tradition encompasses responsibility for maintaining academic integrity, as well as the expectation that students abide by North Carolina law, uphold College policies, and treat all members of the community with civility and respect.

The Honor Tradition is longstanding at Salem College and is highly regarded by students, faculty, staff, and the administration. Perpetuating such a tradition is made possible in the community because each individual student is expected to be personally accountable for the impact of her actions on herself and other members of the community.

Every student is responsible for encouraging other students to uphold the Honor Tradition. The Honor Tradition is only as strong as the commitment of the individuals in the community that lives by it.