The Honor Council has a dual charge:
1) The primary role of the Council is to respond to potential violations of the Honor Code and rules on academic integrity. The Council evaluates and adjudicates cases—looking into what happened and how best to respond to the student involved and on behalf of the academic community. In deciding on an individual response, Council members reflect the values of the shared academic community and guide students back to these shared values. As student and faculty members of the Council practice together, they articulate shared norms for handling violations of the Honor Code and rules on academic integrity.
2) The Council also serves as a sign of our community’s interest in honesty and academic integrity. Council members promote community awareness and are publicly visible and help to publicize the Honor Code and establish it as a central aspect of Harvard College. The Council is also committed to engaging with the community to further develop our shared commitment to academic integrity.