Now in its 76th year, Notre Dame’s Honor Code emphasizes truth in academics, while challenging students to incorporate these ideals in all aspects of their lives.
Every September at Honors Convocation, incoming students are introduced to the Honor Code and its central importance to campus life. Surrounded by faculty, staff, administrators, family and friends, they recite the Honor Pledge committing to the ideals contained in the Honor Code.
With a keen sense of responsibility, I accept this symbol of my entrance into the world of scholarship.
And I give this pledge of my purpose to wear it worthily.
I shall try to follow all truth.
I shall try to see all beauty.
I shall try to be all goodness.
And thus to come to that eternal wisdom,
which is the word of God.
The Honor Code bestows upon students the privilege to write her tests without proctoring by the instructor. Students find the Honor Pledge written on every examination, to remind them of their personal responsibility for their own and Notre Dame’s academic integrity.
Notre Dame’s alma mater, written by classmates Lucie B. Collins and Ann Connor of the class of 1952, pays homage to the pursuit of truth inherent in the Honor Code.