It is no secret that academic integrity
violations have been on the rise in universities across the country.
According to the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI), “On most campuses, 70%
of students admit to some cheating.”1 However, institutions that
implement honor codes typically see a substantial drop in the amount of
cheating. Given these circumstances, a group of Trinity students began the
push for an honor code in the mid-1990’s. Met with resistance, the project
stalled, but was resurrected again after President John Brazil took office.
A devoted group of students carefully researched honor codes across the
country. They wrote Trinity’s Academic Honor Code. A student town hall
meeting in the Coates Center drew an overflow crowd, echoing the unity of
the student body regarding the issue. As the Academic Honor Code gained
momentum, administrators, faculty and students drafted final versions of the
Honor Code. After much collaboration and hard work, the Academic Honor Code
passed the Association of Student Representatives and the Faculty Senate on
February 21, 2003. Trinity finally had a student owned, student run academic
The Academic Honor Code was established and the Academic Honor
Council set up a system of bylaws, standard operating procedures and
sanctioning norms that ensure that all cases are adjudicated consistently.
Due to the hard work of council members, the Trinity Academic Honor Code is
now a model for other universities. In the coming years, we ask that you
also be a part of the solution. Pledge your work. Take pride in the fact
that your university can guarantee the integrity of the work of all
students. Together, we can continue improving Trinity and creating an
environment where all students learn equally and fairly.
1. “CAI Research”. The Center for Academic Integrity. Created
2002-2003. Online: Internet. Accessed 20 February 2006.