What is the Honor System?
Independence. Honesty. Trust. Respect. These are the basic elements of Lyon College’s Honor System.
Lyon College’s Honor System is the first step in building that character and setting a solid foundation for a life of integrity, honesty and veracity.
Every student must sign the Roll of Honor when beginning an academic career at Lyon. Held during a special ceremony, each student pledges his or her promise to uphold high standards of academic integrity inside and outside the classroom.
This includes taking exams without supervision and adhering to the Honor System when submitting homework and course assignments. Signing the Roll of Honor binds the students together in a relationship of trust and mutual responsibility.
The Honor System is based upon the belief that Lyon College students are capable of acting maturely and taking responsibility for themselves in all academic matters.
The Honor Code
The Honor Pledge is a statement made by each student to uphold the Honor Code in all matters related to academic work. Upon matriculation every student commits to abide by the Honor System. This commitment is signified by signing the Roll of Honor and by signing each examination, quiz, paper or other written assignment with the written pledge:
“I will abstain from all fraud in academic work. I will neither give nor receive aid on any form of test or assigned work where such aid is prohibited, nor tolerate this conduct in any member of the community. I will deal responsibly with such acts when I observe them. By my conduct and influence I will endeavor to build a high standard of honesty and truthfulness in all academic work.”
The abbreviation “Pledged” followed by the student’s signature has the same meaning and is acceptable on all assignments.
How is the Honor System Upheld?
The Honor System is governed and maintained by the Honor Council, which consists of student body members elected by their peers. The purpose of the Honor Council is to foster a spirit of honor on campus and to hear and act upon alleged violations of the Honor Code.
Lyon believes this pledge of trust and respect between the college and the student makes a monumental difference not only in the classroom performance of our students, but in their characters as well.