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The Honor Councils

An honor code has likely existed since the founding of Richmond College in 1840. The administration of the honor code was given by the faculty to the Westhampton College Government Association when it was established in 1914, and to the newly formed Richmond College Student Council, which later became the Richmond College Student Government Association, in 1915. The Richmond College and Westhampton College Councils of Honor were established in 1933 with a mission to educate students on the Honor Code and academic integrity as well as to adjudicate potential violations of the Code. The Honor System has been entirely student-run ever since.

Today, through continued student and faculty support, the Honor System helps to create a community of integrity and trust for all students. The Honor System does not serve the University as a set of laws, but rather as a set of expectations and a way of life accepted and promoted by each member of the University community. The campus community assumes that each student values honor and integrity unless his or her actions prove otherwise.

The University of Richmond Honor System aspires to instill a lifelong dedication to academic integrity in each student. As a result of the Honor Code, the University community benefits from an open, trusting, and respectful environment both in and out of the classroom. It is essential that the students, faculty, and Honor Councils all work together to uphold these traditions and values.


Richmond and Westhampton College Honor Council Applications will be available in the spring semester. Students who are selected begin their terms in August of the following year. Applications are open to all first-, second-, and third-year students.

Members in Training

The application for Members In Training (MITs) is open only to first-year students and is available in the fall semester each year. MITs participate in most Council functions in order to gain experience and a better understanding of what the Council does before full membership applications are available in the spring.