Preserving Ethics and Values: The Historic Stevens Honor System and Honor Board
The Stevens Honor System, which was introduced to the university in 1908 by then-President Alexander Humphreys, has the distinction of being one of the oldest continually standing university honor systems.
Its mission is to foster integrity, honor and fair play among the members of the Stevens community. Since its adoption, the Honor System has become a core value of the university and a fundamental cornerstone of student character development at Stevens.
The Honor System’s success depends upon the continuous support of students, faculty and other members of the university community. It is guided and administered by a peer-elected group of students known as the Honor Board, which interprets the Honor System’s constitution, investigates reports of violations, conducts hearings and makes recommendations to the Office of Undergraduate Academics about penalties for students who have either confessed to or been convicted of an Honor System violation.
The Honor Board also strives to educate the Stevens community about the importance of academic integrity, and the value that adherence to the Honor System brings to a Stevens degree.
“To this day the Honor System has stood as a testament of the trust and respect between the faculty and student body, critical to the success of learning and development process of our graduates,” wrote then-Provost and University Vice President George Korfiatis in a 2010 letter to the Stevens faculty in support of the Honor System. “It is absolutely essential that the Stevens Honor System has your full support and cooperation, if it is to continue as the hallmark of the Stevens education.”