HPU Makes Changes To Honor Code Designed To Reinforce Values

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 19, 2009 – High Point University recently announced changes to its Honor Code designed to ensure that students are familiar with both its purpose and the process of adhering to it. The revised Honor Code creates tougher sanctions and the implementation of a permanent Honor Court.
Key changes include clarification of certain violations with specific definitions, and the process undergone with a suspected violation. The new code also reinforces the values that HPU has always instilled in students; part of the holistic education at HPU is that students learn the importance of personal honor.
An 18-month collaboration of faculty and student government leadership resulted in a code of honor that HPU students seek every day, both in and out of the classroom, according to Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life. The new code was unanimously endorsed by the Student Government senate.
“We want students to learn that personal honor is something to embrace, uphold and model,” says Dr. Karen O’Hara, associate professor of mathematics, who worked on this project in her role as chair of the Student Life Committee. “In a world where young people see some CEOs and other leaders lying, cheating and getting away with it, we wanted to provide a clear structure of what is acceptable behavior and what is not.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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