The Honor Code

The Charleston School of Law Honor Code

The purpose of the Charleston School of Law is to educate students of a high moral character and unquestionable personal integrity. In furtherance of this purpose, the Honor Code provides a just standard demanding the utmost personal dedication to honest and fair dealing among the academic community. We acknowledge failure to attain or maintain such a standard shall be punished to the greatest degree allowed herein. The Law requires the highest standards of personal conduct and professional ethics embodied by the principles below, to which we hold ourselves accountable.

Ever mindful of the purpose of our founding, and in the interest of justice, we the students of the Charleston School of Law hereby adhere to an Honor Code that governs the ethical, moral, and legal conduct of the students, faculty, and administration.

Honor Code

The students of the Charleston School of Law shall not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do.

Honor Pledge

On my honor, I pledge that I understand the Honor Code, and I certify that this work conforms to the principles stated therein.1

Honor Violations

An Honor Code Violation is the commission of any of the following sanctioned offenses as they pertain to school business.2

  • Lying: Presenting false information with the intent to deceive.
  • Cheating: Any practice, method, or assistance, whether expressly forbidden or unmentioned, that involves any degree of dishonesty, fraud, or deceit; plagiarism is cheating.
  • Stealing: Intentionally taking any property without right or permission, and without justification.
  • Toleration: Failure to report an honor violation, or withholding knowledge of a violation by another party who is bound by the Honor Code.

Accusations and Reporting

  • Self-admitted guilty plea: If a student believes he/she may have committed an honor code violation, the student shall self-report to the Vice Chair of Administration (“VCA”) of the Charleston School of Law Honor Council.  The identity of the current VCA and her contact information can be found on the Charleston School of Law Honor Council TWEN page.
  • Accusation Process: An accuser may contact any member of the Honor Council identified in the above-reference TWEN page, to make a personal report; the accuser must then return a typed accusation form with a statement within two business days and submit it to the VCA.

Further information regarding the Honor Code Accusation and Trial process can be found on page 142 of the Catalog and Student Handbook which is accessible by clinking here.

1 If a professor does not require this pledge to be included with work submitted in his or her class, the pledge will be implied.

2 “School business”: any activity, academic or otherwise, that constitutes a student’s work product from the time the Honor Oath is taken to the day of graduation or conclusion of that student’s tenure at the Charleston School of Law.