Academic Senate

Honor Council


SMC Honor Council

Mission Statement

Santa Monica College is committed to the academic, social, and ethical development of our students. We strive to create a learning environment that is challenging and supportive of the community-at-large. We are committed to upholding fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, civility, and community. In recognition of this effort, we hereby establish this Honor Code and Honor Council.

The purpose of the Honor Council is to promote academic integrity at Santa Monica College and to oversee the Honor Code.  We do this through education, consultation, and by ensuring that students' right to due process is observed. The Honor Council consists of students, faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to upholding the following Honor Code Principles:

  • Honesty: means fairness and straightforwardness of conduct; implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way.
  • Integrity: implies that one is true to a trust; one adheres to a code of moral values.
  • Social Responsibility: is demonstrated by adherence to policies of the institution, departments, labs, libraries, and individual classes.
  • Respect and Civility: implies that one will conduct oneself in a courteous and respectful manner in our communications and actions toward members of the campus community.