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Honor System at Heart of Exam Week

R-MWC is one of few colleges in nation with self-scheduled exams

12/14/2005 9:52:34 AM


LYNCHBURG – The musical bong of Conway Bell signals more than the start of exams each day this week. The rhythmical sound symbolizes R-MWC’s tradition of honor as well.

R-MWC is one of the few colleges in the nation which allows its students to schedule their own final exams.

The self-scheduled exams are just part of the student-run Honor System at R-MWC. The Honor System is designed to promote traits of successful women – respect, honesty, and self worth.

“Nearly any student you might ask will attest that the self-scheduled exam process is treasured at the College because the student has significant control over when she takes her exams, and that her faculty trust her to do so honorably and without proctoring,” said Dean of Students Sarah Swager.

Because of the strong Honor Code, students at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College are trusted to take their final exams without proctors, in rooms that they select themselves, and according to their own schedules. The College sets aside a series of exam times and exam rooms and the individual student determines when and where she will take each of her exams. Students also are responsible for much of the administration of exams, including handing out exams to other students, accepting completed exams, and ceremoniously ringing the Conway Bell in Main Hall at the start and finish of each exam period.

The Honor System requires that each student abide by the highest standards of honesty and integrity in her academic, social, and personal life. This principle has been fundamental to the conduct and governance of R-MWC since the opening of the College in 1891.

The effectiveness of the Honor System depends upon the concept of dual responsibility: individuals assume the responsibility for their own actions and those of other students. The resulting atmosphere of mutual trust and the opportunity for self-awareness and personal growth make the Honor System an essential part of student life.

By signing the Honor Pledge, students become part of a tight-knit community where mutual trust rules.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations