As part of Davidson's Celebration of Honor and Integrity, the Honor Council asked students, faculty, staff and alumni about the meaning of Davidson's Honor Code.
Michele Torsiglieri '10
"The Honor Code is not just having the luxury of self-scheduled exams and tests; it is a bond of mutual respect between students, faculty, and staff for one another, the Davidson community, and those values upon which this school was founded."
Hayden Higgins '12
"As anyone who has withstood the temptation of an open-book test will know, the survival of the Honor Code to this day shows that Davidson students would rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. Every man or woman who walks through these halls is presumed honorable, and that is a commendation of the highest degree to the college. "
Karen Bernd, Associate Professor of Biology
"The Honor Code boils down to respect; respect for personal integrity, for each other, for learning, and for the community. The Honor Code embodies values we hope would be a ‘given' worldwide, so we nurture and treasure it here, and, by example, take it out into the world."
Michael Jucewiz '10
"I think a story from summer best illustrates the Honor Code and its application.
I had to collect money for a picnic, and one guy turned in his money late. I put it on my desk and tried to give it to the people who were running the books. No one ever responded to my e-mails about delivering the $10. That money is still on my desk at work. Would people have noticed $10 missing? Probably not, but it stayed on the desk. That's the Honor Code. Doing the right thing, even when the alternative is easy and has no repercussions."
Jennifer Foster '92, WDAV Announcer/Producer
"It means we all agree to have the courage to believe that if you treat people with dignity, they'll behave honorably."
Sarah Fisher '13
"The Honor Code provides a blanket of trust that reaches over everything on campus. Everything we do-whether it's meet a new person, take a test, or go about daily life-is governed by this overarching blanket."
Kathie Turner, Director of Oral Communication and Professor of Communication Studies
"Philosophically, Davidson's Honor Code means that we respect the integrity of each and every individual even as we recognize that we are part of a larger community. We embrace the responsibilities that come with the rights of being individuals within that community. Pragmatically, Davidson's Honor Code means that my classes can have take-home reviews to complete at students' convenience, without concerns that they are cheating."
Athan Makansi '10 and Laura Zulliger '10
"The Davidson Honor Code affirms that we are all interconnected. By agreeing to this code, we acknowledge that the actions of one can affect the well-being of all in positive and negative ways. At its essence, the Honor Code is about balance. When implemented properly, the Honor Code is about balancing a care for the community and a care for the individual."
Liz Tooze '10
"I remember sophomore year in the Union someone had tacked up $20 in the middle of the Union.... I loved it so much that I took a picture of it on my phone. It was a symbol of the Davidson Honor Code and a reminder of the type of community we live in."
Dee Phillips, director of dining services
"The Honor Code is one of the many great traditions at Davidson College. It is a rich part of the college's history that allows all of us to expect the highest level of honesty and integrity from our campus colleagues and students."
Lindsay Brownell '10
"The Honor Code means that you assume the best in everybody, and that creates a general feeling of well-being toward the campus."
Amanda Whitton '10
"It means that I don't get locked out of my room because I don't even lock it in the first place. (Don't say that though, I got some sweet stuff I don't want people to be takin')."
G. Daniel McCall '54
"Every remembrance of the Honor Code brings a present challenge to my conscience and a test to my spiritual strength and moral courage. I believe that we benefit greatly by being confronted regularly with high moral standards!"