On behalf of the UVa Honor Committee, congratulations on your admission to Darden! We look forward to welcoming you all in the fall.
Honor holds a special place in the University of Virginia’s history and in the community at Darden. For those unfamiliar with the Honor System, it was established more than 160 years ago as an entirely student-run system and has remained student-run since. The Honor System is dedicated to maintaining a Community of Trust at the University and it covers three offences: lying, cheating and stealing. There is a thorough investigation process which follows any accusation of an Honor offence but because the Community of Trust is so sacred at the University there is only one form of punishment or sanction, dismissal from the University.
At Darden you will see the “On my honor…” pledge posted on the wall in every classroom and Honor at Darden affords us many advantages in the way we work. Because we believe every student at Darden can be trusted to uphold their commitment to honor, all of our exams are take-home, we can obtain small loans from financial aid without providing collateral and we are perfectly comfortable leaving our laptops unattended on Grounds. These are just a few examples as the spirit of honor influences all of your interactions with your fellow students.
While we certainly believe honor is an important part of our Darden experience, it also defines us after we leave. At Darden we are training to be leaders in business, and we have all seen the consequences of managers acting dishonorably. By infusing honor into the Darden community we hope to further our mission of developing “principled leaders” who will have a positive impact on the world.
As your honor representatives we are here to support you and help you better understand the Honor System when you arrive on Grounds, but if you’d like some more information before then look here www.virginia.edu/honor. We look forward to meeting you all and, once again, congratulations to the Class of 2014!
Taylor Morris & Tom Rapp
Darden Honor Representatives