The Honor Program
"Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points…."
GEN Douglas MacArthur spoke these words to the Corps of Cadets, on 12 May 1962, in his farewell address to West Point. The Cadet Honor program is at the center of the very being of the United States Military Academy. It develops cadet's character through a 47 month experience. The Program's foundation is the Cadet Honor Code which states "A Cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do." The Simon Center has oversight responsibility for the Honor Program.
The Honor Committee
The Honor Code is administered by the Cadet Honor Committee. They are responsible for the education of the standards and requirements of the Honor Code, its system and procedures. The Honor Committee is a group of elected volunteers committed to serving the Corps as stewards of the Honor System and members of the committee are elected by their peers and appointed for two years.
As a committee, they present the Corps with an accurate view of the Honor System. The Honor Committee also conducts honor investigations, oversees hearings and aids in PME2 Honor training. Additionally, they are responsible for the investigation of suspected violations of the Code. The Corps of Cadets and Superintendent determine the adjudication of Honor violations.