Honor Council

The St. Olaf Honor System

Honor Council Form Center

Report a concern to the Honor Council using the above link.

Honor Council Updates

Ongoing dissemination of Honor Council policy discussions and other matters.

The Honor Pledge

“I pledge my honor that on this examination I have neither given nor received assistance not explicitly approved by the professor and that I have seen no dishonest work.”
I have intentionally not signed the pledge _______ (check box if appropriate)


The Honor System has been in effect at St. Olaf since 1911. We at St. Olaf are proud of this system. It is the responsibility of each student and faculty member to keep this system working and effective.

  1. All tests, quizzes or examinations of any kind are taken under the Honor System. If the nature of the test is such that the professor must remain in the classroom, each student is still on their honor and the Honor System is still in effect.

  2. The Honor System is considered violated when information which results in or could result in an unfair advantage for one or more students is given or received before, during, or after a test.

Code of Test Etiquette

The purpose of the Code of Test Etiquette is to create the best possible atmosphere for testing by eliminating all situations that may arouse suspicion.

During an examination, students:

  • Are required to leave all books and other aids in an inaccessible spot (exception: open-book tests).
  • Are required to leave all electronic devices not explicitly approved by the professor in an inaccessible spot.
  • May not leave the room and return to the test without express permission.
  • Are not allowed to talk to each other.
  • Should try to ensure that their line of sight does not cause someone to suspect them of cheating.