Even before the Honor Code was formally established around 1907, students at Southwestern had long held each other to high standards. Unofficial honor codes were formed and maintained independently by many groups of students in literary societies and honor fraternities dating back as early as 1882.
Today, the responsibility for maintaining the Honor Code continues to rest on every student. If a student notices another student engaged in dishonorable conduct, the student is expected to bring his or her concerns to the President of the Honor Code Council, a faculty member, or the Dean of Students.
The Honor Code Council is a student/faculty body created to uphold the academic integrity of the campus community by examining instances of academic dishonesty and recommending the appropriate penalty for each situation.