The story of W&L, played out over its 260-year history, is punctuated with moments that range from sublime to silly. Beginning with our founding in 1749 twenty miles north of our present location, through five name changes and over two centuries-worth of graduating classes, W&L has grown and changed with the times in some ways, but in important ways has remained faithful to its founding vision.
Our Honor System is not a cumbersome book of rules, but is instead a common understanding that all students uphold: the community's trust is the foundation of Washington and Lee University. Violations of that trust will not be tolerated and result in dismissal from the University. Behaviors such as lying, cheating, and stealing are commonly understood as violations of W&L's Honor System.
Living under the Honor System has many benefits that extend throughout academic and non-academic life on campus. Click here to learn more about how the Honor System shapes life on W&L's campus.
The Executive Committe of the Student Body (EC) is the main arm of W&L's student government. The EC's main charges are The Honor System, and oversight and budgetary control of W&L's student organizations, clubs, and activities.
The pundits can only marvel at W&L students' record of accuracy - they have made correct predictions an astonishing 18 of 24 times, and they've only missed twice since 1948! Sadly, one of those misses was last year, when they predicted that Hillary Clinton would receive the Democratic nomination. Nonetheless, the Washington Post and CSPAN, among others, want to know what W&L thinks!
In all, over 95% of the W&L student body gets involved in planning and conducting Mock Con. Not interested in politics? That's okay. At your Mock Con, you can help raise or manage the funds needed to pay for the convention. Or how about playing host to the the powerful and famous guest speakers? Over the years, luminaries such as Jimmy Carter, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Bill Clinton, Geraldine Ferraro, and Jesse Jackson have spoken at Mock Con. Maybe you'd rather be in charge of the Presidential Gala (black tie ball) or the Mock Con parade. There's something for everyone to do to ensure the convention's success! Click here to learn more about Mock Convention and its fascinating history.