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What Is Honor?

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 the 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 Honor Council and Blue Book

The Honor Council is a student-led body that also includes faculty members. It investigates allegations of Honor Code violations, holds hearings, and decides on penalties according to rules laid out in the Blue Book. Students apply for membership in the Honor Council in February, for the following academic year, and are chosen by the Council’s Executive Committee.

For more information, please contact Honor Council Chair, Ann Smith, at, or Honor Council Assistant Chair, Zach Cooper, at

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 reserve community, and to foster an environment that is conducive to the mission of the College.