Parents are encouraged to discuss integrity and honorable conduct with your student. Prior to completing an application for admissions to Wake Forest University the discussion should take place. When a student signs the application for admissions, they agree to live by the honor system at Wake Forest. This means that every student agrees not to deceive, (lie to) any member of the community, not to steal from one another, not to cheat on academic work, not to plagiarize academic work, and not to engage in any other forms of academic misconduct. This is a tradition that goes back to the founding of Wake Forest, and continues to be a cornerstone of our community and our interactions with one another. (See Honor system for full details)
If your student is reported or charged with an Honor Code violation, parents can serve as a source of support. Students rely on parents for guidance and advice. Please assist us as we seek to fairly resolve problems and hold students accountable for their actions.
Parents are not usually present for hearings. You may be available outside the hearing room should your student desire to confer with you.
Your student will be assigned an advisor from the Board of Investigators and Advisors. The Advisors help explain the process, review statements and present opening and closing remarks. You can encourage your student to make sure he or she is diligent in gathering necessary information and meeting with their advisor.
For other information on these matters, please consult the Student Handbook [PDF].