The Wellesley College Honor Code system is composed of Honor Code Council, the Hearing Review Panel, and the President of the College. 

The Honor Code system is maintained by Honor Code Council with and through administrative offices of the College.  The Honor Code system is authorized by student governance, the offices of the Dean of Students, Dean of the College, and President of the College.  In addition, the College has a Sexual Assault Hearing Board

The system described below addresses violations of the Honor Code and became effective Fall 2004.  Revisions are made on an annual basis.  This document incorporates these revisions as of Spring 2012.

Honor Code Council


Honor Code Council upholds the fundamental values of academic honesty and personal integrity critical to the College's mission.  When a student is alleged to have violated the Honor Code, the role of Honor Code Council is to provide a fair and effective mechanism for resolving the charge.

Composition and Selection

The Chief Justice will be the primary student administrator of the Honor Code and will chair Honor Code Council.  She will preside over hearings as a nonvoting member.  In addition, she will be a member of the College Government cabinet, and she will be eligible to attend Academic Council.

The Chief Justice will be elected in the spring of her junior year.  In order to be eligible to run for election, a student must be full-time, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and have served on Honor Code Council for at least one year.  Candidates will be interviewed and recommended by the outgoing Chief Justice, the Dean of Students, and the Honor Code Administrative Coordinator.  If no suitable candidate runs, eligibility will be extended to all rising seniors, whether or not they have served on Honor Code Council, as long as they meet the other criteria.

The Honor Code Administrative Coordinator is a conduit for information related to charges, for questions related to hearing procedure, and for notifications pertaining to cases and decisions.  The Administrative Coordinator will also consult within the field of student conduct administration.  Within Honor Code Council, s/he raises questions of best practice, and facilitates trainings with the Chief Justice.  With the Chief Justice, the Honor Code Administrative Coordinator forms the Case Coordinating Team.  The Case Coordinating Team, in consultation with Honor Code Council, makes and implements procedural revisions.  The Case Coordinating Team determines whether potential charges warrant inclusion in a hearing process and whether there is sufficient evidence to actually bring charges against accused students.  The Administrative Coordinator provides procedural counsel to all parties involved in cases of alleged violation of the Honor Code.  S/he does not sit on hearing panels and will generally not attend hearings.  However, with permission of both parties, the Administrative Coordinator may attend hearings as a non-voting member. 

Student members will be appointed by the Student Organizations and Appointments Committee (SOAC) for one-year terms.  Student positions will be as follows:  two class representatives from each of the sophomore, junior, and senior classes; one ALANA representative; one Davis Scholar representative; one House Presidents' Council representative; two ombudspersons; and one student to sit on the Hearing Review Panel.  Ombudspersons will advise students charged with Honor Code violations and will not hear cases.  All students will be voting members of Honor Code Council.  Student members will be responsible for promoting the Honor Code and hearing cases. 

Eight faculty members will be appointed by the Agenda Committee of Academic Council for staggered three-year terms.  One faculty member will be the representative to the Hearing Review Panel.

The Dean of Students (or her/his designee) will serve as the administrative representative of the College and will be the advisor to Honor Code Council.  S/he will be a voting member of Honor Code Council.

The Clerk normally will be the assistant to the Dean of Students.  S/he will schedule hearings, keep all records relating to hearings, handle official correspondence, and assist the Chief Justice and the Administrative Coordinator with Honor Code Council business.  The clerk will be an ex officio member of Honor Code Council.

The Hearing Review Panel

The Hearing Review Panel will serve as the appellate body for Honor Code Council.  The Hearing Review Panel will be composed of the Provost (or her/his designee), one member of the faculty appointed by the Agenda Committee of Academic Council, and one student appointed by the Student Organizations and Appointments Committee.  Eligible faculty members will have served at least one term on Honor Code Council.  Eligible students must be rising seniors who have served on Honor Code Council for at least one year.

The President of the College

The President of the College will be the final appeal in all cases resulting in suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.