The honor code is very important to Christopher Newport students. It’s ingrained in us from the very start. At the beginning of the freshman semester, each student is required to attend Convocation. It is here, among staff, alumni and faculty, that students read and recite the honor code. It is as follows:
“On my honor, I will maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity and personal responsibility. This means I will not lie, cheat or steal, and as a member of this academic community, I am committed to creating an environment of respect and mutual trust.”
This event binds the new class to the tradition of honor, respect and academic excellence at Christopher Newport. The students are invited to participate in a very serious and committed community. After the recitation, students sign their name and receive a penny. Throughout the years, the penny will serve as a reminder to the honor code they pledged to uphold. The penny is to be kept until graduation during their senior year. On this day, students will drop the penny they have carried for four years in the fountain.
Christopher Newport is a relatively new university, and yet it is rich with tradition. At this university, students are able to be a part of something much larger than themselves. This is why the student body and faculty are so successful in all they do.