For over 70 years, Notre Dame’s Honor Code has emphasized truth in academics, while challenging students to incorporate these ideals in all aspects of their lives.
The Honor Code bestows upon students the privilege to take tests without proctoring by the instructor. Students write the Honor Pledge on every examination, to remind themselves of their personal responsibility for their own and Notre Dame’s academic integrity.
New students take the Honor Pledge for the first time every year at Honors Convocation. At the 2014 ceremony, Honor Board Chairperson Victoria Meadows, Class of 2015, remarked:
"Reciting the Honor Pledge today marks your journey as a fearless and faithful Notre Dame leader who will, as our University’s mission states, 'transform the world.' Fearless in that you will have no limitations while you are at Notre Dame. Faithful in that you will stay true to yourself and listen to your heart." For more of Victoria's thoughts, read her full speech.
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.