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Honor Code

At Knox, you're empowered to govern your own behavior and monitor your own academic integrity -- whether you're a first-year student or almost ready to graduate.

Having this privilege is central to your identity as a young academic and your intellectual life on campus. In fact, we haven't had a proctored test since the Honor Code was initiated in 1950 by Ismat Kittani '51, a student from Iraqi Kurdistan.

What do students have to say about the Honor Code? You'll find that they and our faculty share a sense of community, respect, and trust.

  • "It keeps you honest ... It's always pushing you to do your own work. It's really based on the idea that we need you to grow. We need you to be a committed learner, a committed person to the community, so we have this in place so that you get more freedom and you get more opportunities." (Jordan Lanfair '11)
  • "I feel like because of that trust and that value that professors instill in you through this Honor Code, that it was emphasized from the beginning, for me, that I am a young academic now..." (Charlotte Young '13)
  • "It allows you to work independently and assumes that Knox students are conducting their academic work in an honest way. It's key to communicate with your professors about what they expect and what you need to do to meet those expectations." (Andrea Houlihan '11)

Learn more about the Honor Code; the Honor Board, which hears cases of academic dishonesty; the Honor Board Constitution; and our membership with the Center for Academic Integrity.

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