A central principle of Bryn Mawr College is the trust that it places in its students. This trust is reflected in the academic and social Honor Codes. These delegate to individual students the responsibility for integrity in their academic and social behavior. Responsibility for administering the academic Honor Code is shared with the faculty; the academic Honor Board, composed of both students and faculty, mediates in cases of infraction. In the social Honor Code, as in all aspects of their social lives, students are self-governing. A social Honor Board consisting of 10 students mediates in cases where conflicts cannot be resolved by the individuals directly involved. Trained student mediators work with students to resolve conflicts in effective ways.
The successful functioning of the Honor Code is a matter of great pride to the Bryn Mawr community, and it contributes significantly to the mutual respect that exists among students and between students and faculty. While the Honor Code makes great demands on the maturity and integrity of students, it also grants them an independence and freedom that they value highly. To cite just one example, many examinations are self-scheduled, so that students may take them at whatever time during the examination period is most convenient for their own schedules and study patterns.
In resolving academic cases, the Honor Board might fail a student on an assignment or in a course, or separate her from the College temporarily or permanently. Social infractions that are beyond the ability of the Honor Board to resolve might be brought to a Dean’s Panel, which exercises similar authority. For details regarding Honor Board hearings and Dean’s Panels, please refer to the Student Handbook.