Questioning Honor

Over the course of five issues, the Phi will cover the beloved Honor System that is synonymous with Washington and Lee. While the Honor System has given most students a feeling of safety and trust on campus dating back to Robert E. Lee’s presidency, no system is perfect. Its ideals—honor, civility, and integrity—have not changed since the system’s inception, but the context in which they are practiced certainly has. This series will cover five different components of the system: an overview of what the system is and who it’s for, the investigation process, confidentiality terms, the Hearing Advisor Program, and the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee relative to other governing bodies on campus. The intention of this series is to educate readers on the purposely vague language of the White Book, which originated nearly two centuries ago, and remains in practice today.




A look at the honor system: what is it and who’s it for?

A system vs. a code: The Phi weighs in

The investigation process: An honor violation accusation

The investigation process: The Phi weighs in

The Hearing Advisor Program: Who are the hearing advisors  and what are their roles?

The Hearing Advisor Program: The Phi weighs in

The Secret System: How the Honor System operates on confidentiality

Confidentiality: A double-edged sword, the Phi weighs in

 What the Executive Committee doesn’t do: The Phi weighs in