"We, the students of Barnard College, resolve to uphold the honor of the College…
We pledge to do all that is in our power to create a spirit of honesty and honor for its own sake."
-Barnard Honor Code, Est. 1912
The Honor Code is a vital part of the Barnard community because it helps to shape the character of Barnard College. The “Honor System” refers to the combination of the Honor Code, the Honor Board, and the members of the entire Barnard community who together strive toward building a community of academic integrity.
The Honor Code:
Approved by the student body in 1912, the Code states:
We, the students of Barnard College, resolve to uphold the honor of the College by refraining from every form of dishonesty in our academic life. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any papers or books not authorized by the instructor in examinations, or to present oral work or written work which is not entirely our own, unless otherwise approved by the instructor. We consider it dishonest to remove without authorization, alter, or deface library and other academic materials. We pledge to do all that is in our power to create a spirit of honesty and honor for its own sake.
The Honor Code
- Specifies the responsibilities of the student and serves as a protector of her rights in the academic community. This is first and foremost the role of the Honor Code.
- Clearly states Barnard’s core value of “pursuing knowledge for the sake of gaining knowledge.”
- Provides an environment where academic freedom and creativity may thrive.
- Can function optimally only if followed by students, alumnae, and faculty.
History of the Honor Code
The Honor Code was approved by student vote on January 9, 1912. Today, a century later, the Code continues to shape the distinctive culture of the College. Barnard students enrolled in Columbia courses are bound by the Code, as are Columbia students enrolled in Barnard courses.
Based on the recognition that academic integrity requires active commitment by all members of the community, the Honor System has evolved from focusing primarily on the responsibility of students to a system involving shared responsibility.