Today in NC State History: Enforcing the student honor code

December 5, 2013
By Bill Krueger

historyIconStudents at NC State have always been an honorable bunch, but there was a a time when some felt that it was necessary to be a bit more rigid about questions of honor.

On this day in 1980, the Technician published a story saying that students registering in the spring would be required to fill out an honor-code card before they could receive their schedule. The shift was announced by the student government attorney general.

Beginning in the fall of 1982, incoming freshmen would be required to sign an honor-code card before they could even register for classes. The honor-code card would be in effect for the duration of the student’s time at NC State.

The story noted that there was a longstanding policy at NC State requiring honor codes for students, but that the policy had not been strictly enforced. There was nothing in the story to indicate whether any particular problems had prompted this new vigilance in enforcing the policy.

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