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From the Honor and UJC Committees

By Ory Streeter, Chair, Honor Committee and
Kevin Warshaw, Chair, University Judiciary Committee

Dear Families:

On behalf of the Honor Committee and the University Judiciary Committee, it is our pleasure to welcome you and your loved ones to the University of Virginia. This truly is an exceptional place to pursue an education. At UVA, this education extends well beyond the confines of the classroom. By signing their application for admission, your student has already become a part of the University’s Community of Trust – a community supported and maintained, in part, by the Honor Committee and the University Judiciary Committee.

Each member of the Community of Trust has committed to live a life of integrity and, specifically, to never lie, cheat, or steal. Every UVA student is assumed to be honorable, and therefore, a student’s word and work are presumed trustworthy. Students steward the Community by explicitly pledging their integrity as well as administering the Honor System. Students exercise exclusive control of the Honor Committee constitution, thus setting and continually renewing the system’s high standards. The hallmark of these standards has not changed in more than 170 years: If a student’s peers find a fellow student guilty of committing an Honor offense, then the consequence is permanent dismissal from the University. Generations of students have challenged themselves to do what is right and, in the process, have discovered the intrinsic value of living with honor.

The fundamental principles of respect and integrity, which serve as the foundation of the Community of Trust, also contribute to maintaining student safety. By entering this University, students accept responsibility to respect the physical welfare of all persons in the University community; ensure that property belonging to the University or members of this community is protected from misuse and harm; and maintain an atmosphere conducive to education and scholarship. Since its establishment in 1955, the University Judiciary Committee has ensured that these principles remain in place by investigating and adjudicating alleged violations of the University’s Standards of Conduct. These proceedings are entirely student-run and can result in a wide range of possible sanctions designed to fulfill the University Judiciary Committee’s educational mission.

Unsurprisingly, many alumni believe that the Community of Trust is the greatest gift left to current students. Incoming students are the newest stewards of this proud and enduring tradition. With the ongoing celebration of the University’s bicentennial, we welcome you and your loved one into this community and challenge you to help define its course throughout our next century.

Welcome to the University!