Graduate School News

Graduate and Professional Honor System Seeks Applications

September 10, 2012

The UNC Graduate and Professional Honor System is now accepting applications for positions on the Attorney Generals staff and the Honor Court.

All applications for these positions are due no later than 5 p.m. Sept. 21; applicants will be notified of selection on Sept. 25. Students who are selected to serve will be required to attend one training session: either Sept. 27 or Oct. 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Occasional training sessions will take place throughout the academic year.

Student self-governance has existed at UNC for more than 130 years. The UNC Honor Code, set forth in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, and the Honor System were established to protect the ideals of honor, integrity and the responsible exercise of freedom.

The Honor System is composed of three branches:

  • The Attorney Generals staff. Members of this branch serve as counsels, either for accused students or on behalf of the University.
  • The Honor Court. Members of this branch conduct hearings on alleged Honor Code violations, determining judgments and administering sanctions when necessary.
  • Honor System outreach. Members of this branch work to promote the values of honor and integrity throughout the UNC community.

As of spring 2012, the student judicial structures of UNCs School of Law, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, Kenan-Flagler Business School and Eshelman School of Pharmacy have been consolidated into the existing Graduate Honor System, forming a unified Graduate and Professional Honor System. The purpose of the consolidation is to achieve a more consistent set of operational norms in pursuit of better outcomes. As a result, this application process is the sole manner through which students may join the Graduate and Professional Honor System.

Please send completed applications to Graduate and Professional Attorney General Elizabeth Ireland eji@live.unc.edu or to Graduate and Professional Honor Court Chair Mary Scott Kennedy mskenn@live.unc.edu. Ireland and Kennedy also can answer any questions on the application process.