The Roger Mudd Center for Ethics is committed to fostering serious inquiry into, and thoughtful conversation about, important ethical issues in public and professional life. The Center encourages a multidisciplinary perspective on ethics informed by theory and practice designed to provide the tools and resources necessary for thinking freely, critically, and humanely about complex ethical questions in an increasingly diverse yet interdependent world.
The W&L Honor System is an all-encompassing system of trust integral to the mission that Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students' capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be prepared for lifelong learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.
The system is entirely self-regulated by the student body, with no faculty or board of trustees oversight. Those found guilty of violating the community's trust are asked to leave the University. Since a central implication is that students will not lie, cheat, or steal, members of the W&L community take one another's words and actions at face value, inside the classroom and out.
Student Self-Governance is a key aspect of W&L and is overseen by the Executive Committee. Students recognize the authority they possess and the communal presumption to behave honorably. Students are expected to abide by the Honor System by representing themselves truthfully and seeking no unfair advantage over their peers. This understanding instills a sense of trust and enriches every aspect of student life.
The Law, Justice, and Society Program at W&L engages students in an interdisciplinary exploration of the nature of law and justice. It challenges students to think freely, critically and humanely about the role of law at a variety of levels: locally, regionally, nationally and globally. It seeks to equip students to critically examine law and justice across cultural, chronological, topical and institutional settings.