Honor System

Open Positions 

Counsel for the Prosecution

Counsel for the Defense

Class year does not matter, but candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 at the time of election and throughout their term of office; and be a student in good standing. Submit letter of interest and resume to Cynthia James, UVAW Box 4702, or email to caj9z no later than Friday, Sept. 12.


About the Honor System

The University of Virginia's College at Wise adopted an Honor System in 1956 under which all students pledge to cooperate in acting honestly and honorably. The Honor System is administered by an Honor Court elected by the student body and composed of two representatives of each class. It is the job of the Honor Court to enforce the Honor System and to adjudicate violations.

The primary focus of the Honor System is to address instances of dishonorable conduct within the academic setting. Lying, cheating, and stealing relative to academic work are issues to which the Honor System applies.

A violation of the Honor System is an offense against the entire student body. Students who enforce the system are performing a solemn duty, protecting their individual liberties and the reputation of the student body. In return for acceptance and active guardianship of the Honor System, students enjoy faith in themselves and in one another and receive the confidence of the faculty and administration. The Honor System creates an atmosphere of personal integrity and freedom through individual and collective responsibility.

Violation of the Honor System can result in dismissal or imposition of an intermediate sanction. The College will automatically enforce any sanction imposed by the Honor Court on a student certified to be guilty of a breach of the Honor System.


Faculty who wish to file charges should contact a prosecutor within 8 class days of the alleged incident. See below for the name and email of the prosecutor.


Click here to view the Honor Court Constitution as a PDF.

Honor Court Members

An Honor Court, elected by the student body and composed of two representatives of each class, enforces the Honor System and adjudicates violations.

- Advisors to the Honor Court (click on the name to send an email)
Christopher Scalia
Matthew Harvey

Lucian Undrieu
Jennifer Wilson
Robin Benke

- Senior Representatives

Cynthia James, Chair (email Cynthia at caj9z@uvawise.edu)

Breyanna Blackwell


- Junior Representatives

Evan Michael Clark

Caroline Haupt

- Sophomore Representatives

Jacob Hurd

Taylor Yeary

- Freshman Representatives

Two to be elected in September

- Prosecutor


- Defender


- Alternate

Lyndra Frimpong

Honor Pledge

Students at The University of Virginia's College at Wise sign the following pledge to all work completed. This signifies understanding and agreement of the articles of the Constitution of the Honor System.

I,         (name)        , certify as a student at The University of Virginia's College at Wise that I have neither received nor given aid on this ___(test, exam, etc.)___ .