Honor Code

See also: Honor Committee Web Site

Background

The importance of public trust in the legal community requires that students of the George Mason University School of Law maintain the highest levels of ethical conduct, honesty, and integrity in their legal education. Law students constitute the members of the honor committee and they may be called on to assist the Honor Code system at George Mason University School of Law. The goal is to protect the equity and integrity of the legal education of all students. Upholding and abiding by the principals of the Honor Code are necessary to preserve the rights of all students to a positive, fair, and open learning environment. All allegations of violations of the Honor Code are to be submitted to the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.

The Honor Code Pledge

Each student at George Mason University School of Law is entering a profession where honest and ethical conduct is not only a professional responsibility, but a legal requirement. In recognition of this, each student will be treated by all other students, the faculty, and the administration as a person of honor with the highest personal integrity.

We demand of each other that each of us tell the truth, respect the property of others, and never represent the work of another as our own. We will neither provide nor accept unauthorized assistance on any school related assignment, nor shall we either intentionally mislead or impede the learning of our fellow students.

Essential to the character of the Honor Code is the obligation of each student to report any violation of the Honor Code and to participate in proceedings if called upon.

Honor Committee Guidelines of the George Mason University School of Law

The George Mason University School of Law Honor Code is available as a separate document below. This version, as amended, was adopted by the faculty on September 10, 2013. Additional information about the Honor Code can be found on the Honor Committee Website.

The George Mason University School of Law Honor Code PDF file