The Honor System

A Community of Trust

Among the many features that distinguish W&L, the Honor System has the most consequential and enduring impact on the university community. 

The Honor System at W&L is entirely student-run. It is based on the fundamental principle that students will not lie, cheat, steal or otherwise violate the community’s trust. The result is an environment that is collaborative, not cutthroat, and where rational discourse is the norm rather than the exception. This type of honor stays with you long after graduation, fostering a sense of personal integrity that will continue to guide your actions and distinguish you as a graduate of W&L.

While the Honor System does have an academic component, it can also be seen in the conversations that happen on campus, the relationship between faculty and students, and how we treat each others as members of the same campus.