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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity remains the original focus of the honor-based organizations in Duke’s past, as one of our three key focus areas. This group will specialize in the information from Academic Integrity Council reports, Office of Student Conduct reports, and academic honor systems at peer institutions. Their work will require collaboration with groups such as the DSG Academic Affairs committee, leadership in Trinity and Pratt, International House, the Office of Student Conduct, The Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Provost to launch projects aimed at promoting honor and integrity in academia at Duke. Additionally, the last Academic Integrity Survey of undergraduates at Duke was completed eight years ago, so Honor Council will seek to reintroduce the Academic Integrity Council to better understand the evolving nature of undergraduate views on this subject.

Here is a list of some potential projects originating in the Academic Integrity Focus Area:

  • Behavioral Science Committee collaboration with Office of Student Conduct

  • International Students Committee: programming tailored specifically for international students

  • Informative social media campaign about plagiarism and academic misconduct

Social Life At Duke

The social life on college campuses has increasingly gained attention with issues relating to racism, sexual misconduct, party-culture, and other concerns introducing questions of honor and integrity. Given that Duke’s honor system is defined as a Community Standard, it is apparent that honor should pervade across all aspects of the Duke experience – not just academics. Honor Council is committed to continuing to emphasize the importance of these issues through the Social Life at Duke Focus Area. Throughout this academic year, the Social Life Focus Area will operate under four goals: fostering a campus-wide community of integrity and respect, promoting the role of the DCS in everyday life, increasing cohesion between various social groups on campus, and facilitating bonding and friendship within Honor Council. Members of this Focus Area will utilize campus resources, such as Duke’s Student Experiences Survey, to collaborate with entities such as DSG, the Women’s Center, Student Affairs, etc. to introduce projects aimed at promoting honor and integrity within Duke’s social scene. 

Here is a list of some potential projects originating in the Social Life at Duke Focus Area:

  • Athletics Committee: highlighting student-athletes in the academic sphere

  • Women’s Center: partnership for Purple Table Talk

  • Mental Health Committee: targeting stigma surrounding mental illness

Beyond Duke

Duke University facilitates the transformation of today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, so the Duke Honor Council aims for Duke graduates to continue as honorable individuals. Duke students should not only abide by the Community Standard on-campus, but they should also internalize those values throughout future endeavors. This Focus Area will continue to maintain purview over community outreach programs and other initiatives that fall beyond campus. The members of this focus area will specialize in other honor/ethics systems, alumni relations, and current events. They will work with the Office of Alumni Affairs, leadership in Duke’s graduate and professional schools, the Career Center, and off-campus community organizations. 


Here is a list of some potential projects originating in the Beyond Duke Focus Area:

  • Triangle Area School Outreach Committee (TASOC): working with local schools to conduct presentations and lessons on honor and integrity

  • HonorEDU: finalizing the framework for a training module for incoming first years to implement in Fall 2020

  • Establishment of a graduate-level Honor Council to allow for more collaboration across the University

  • The formation of a Duke Honor Council Alumni Group

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