The Undergraduate Honor Court and the Graduate and Professional Honor Court are comprised of students from all backgrounds and majors or graduate and professional programs, respectively. Court members represent the values and diversity of the Carolina community. The two Courts are charged with reviewing allegations of student academic and non-academic misconduct to determine if the Honor Code was violated. If the respective Court determines a violation occurred, it imposes disciplinary sanctions consistent with community values and University guidelines. Both Courts are continuously recruiting new members, and membership on the Courts is comprised of the following positions:
As outlined in the Instrument, the Chair of each Court is responsible for the following:
- Recruiting, nominating, training, certifying, and overseeing Honor Court members
- Managing day-to-day Honor Court administrative tasks
- Contributing to cooperative efforts to strengthen the Honor System
The Chairs also meet on a regular basis with the Vice-Chairs and other Honor Court members of their respective Courts to discuss current issues facing the Courts and to ensure that members are fully prepared to handle each case appropriately.
Each year, the incoming Chair is chosen by the graduating Chair and Vice-Chairs and selected from among current members of the respective Court and approved via the applicable appointment process outlined in the Instrument. Chairs serve a 12-month term. To be eligible for appointment, the Chair must have two semesters of experience in their respective Honor Court.
Honor Court Vice-Chairs are primarily responsible for chairing and overseeing individual Honor Court cases for their respective Courts. The Vice-Chairs maintain order within hearings, guide deliberations among Honor Court members, and construct a rationale detailing the Honor Court's reasoning for its judgment and sanction(s), when appropriate. Vice-Chairs also meet regularly with the Chair and spearhead projects to improve the functionality of the Honor Court and to better educate students of the Honor Code and paths to success as a UNC student.
Once a year, new Vice-Chairs are elected by the members of their respective Courts. Eligible Honor Court members must have at least one semester of experience before applying to become a Vice-Chair. Vice-Chairs are elected for the remainder of their undergraduate or graduate/professional academic career.
Honor Court Members
Honor Court members are responsible for hearing possible violations of the Honor Code and deliberating upon judgments and sanctions, if necessary. Membership includes a diverse group of students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Honor Court members also meet regularly with the Chair, Vice-Chairs, Attorney General's Staff, and the Outreach Staff of their respective Court to ensure cooperation within the Honor System and to develop ways to promote the Honor Code throughout the campus community.