What Is Honor?
You are taking your physics test, and your professor leaves the room for a while.
He trusts you.
You forget your backpack and laptop in the dining hall, and return hours later to find them just where you left them. Untouched.
Your classmates respect what is yours.
You return to your car and find a flat tire, a scratch on the bumper, and a note on your windshield with an apology and phone number from a coach.
People take responsibility for their actions.
You drop the earring you got from your grandmother down the shower drain and someone from campus services spends 3 hours taking the drain apart to find it for you. You are in class, so he gives it to your hall mate, and she makes sure you get it back.
Your community cares about you.
The concept of honor is not complicated. It means treating others as we would like to be treated. That age-old Golden Rule thing.
When you come to PC, the Honor System under which you will live is one that your classmates direct and the entire community lives by as well.
It starts with the signing of the Honor Code at opening convocation by new students, faculty and staff. It continues when you realize that you can take a test without a proctor, forget your belongings and find them where you left them, and know that the people around you treat each other with respect.
Sometimes it’s hard. No one likes to see a classmate break the code: the responsibility to do something comes with that knowledge. When you know, though, that ignoring the problem put those very values of trust, integrity, honesty, and community at risk for everyone, you know you’ll handle it as you should.
The world outside of college may be a very different place. You can change that when you take the honor code with you. PC alumni have always done that, and their communities become better because of it.
Honor. Not a complicated word, just an essential part of who you are and how you want to live.
The PC Honor Code
“On my honor, I will abstain from all deceit. I will neither give nor receive unacknowledged aid in my academic work, nor will I permit such action by any member of this community. I will respect the persons and property of the community, and will not condone discourteous or dishonest treatment of these by my peers. In my every act, I will seek to maintain a high standard of honesty and truthfulness for myself and for the College.”
The PC Code of Responsibility
PC prides itself on the sense of community present among students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and friends of the College. As members of this community, students are expected to balance their freedoms with responsibility and respect for the rules of the College, which have been established to preserve community, and to foster an environment that is conducive to the mission of the College.