University Regulations and Policies

The Honor Code

Persons enrolled in The Graduate School are members of the student body of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and are held responsible for conducting themselves in conformity with the moral and legal restraints found in any law-abiding community. They are, moreover, subject to the regulations of the Honor Code. The Honor Code is the heart of integrity at Carolina. In brief, the Honor Code states that all students shall "refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing," but the Honor Code imparts much more. It is the guiding force behind the responsible exercise of freedom, the foundation of student self-governance at UNC–Chapel Hill. By abiding by the Honor Code, students can be assured that their individual rights and academic work will be respected.

Mutual Responsibilities of the Faculty and Students

Academic work is a joint enterprise involving faculty and students. Both have a fundamental investment in the enterprise and both must share responsibility for ensuring its integrity. In relation to the Honor Code, therefore, specific responsibilities of the faculty which parallel the responsibilities of the students have been formally adopted by the Faculty Council.

Responsibilities of the Faculty

  • I.Awareness: To assure that communitywide expectations regarding academic integrity are understood and communicated, and that students are held accountable for conforming their conduct to such expectations.

  • II. Communicating Expectations and Administering Examinations: To assist students in complying with their responsibilities relating to academic integrity, faculty members, teaching assistants, and other instructional personnel should

  • A. Use good judgment in setting and communicating clear ground rules for academic work conducted under their supervision.

  • B. Require students to sign the honor pledge as a condition of submitting academic assignments.

  • C. Take steps to prevent unauthorized access to examinations during development, duplication, and administration.

  • D. Avoid reusing prior examinations in whole or in part to the extent possible.

  • E. Take all reasonable steps consistent with physical classroom conditions to reduce the risk of cheating during the administration of examinations.

  • F.Maintain proper security during the administration of examinations, including as appropriate overseeing distribution and collection of examinations and proctoring the examination session.

  • III.Oversight: In the event of student misconduct that appears to violate the requirements of the Honor Code, faculty members, teaching assistants, and other instructional personnel should

  • A. Report to the appropriate Student Attorney General any instance in which the instructor has reasonable basis to conclude that a student under the faculty member's supervision has engaged in academic dishonesty or substantially assisted another to do so in connection with academically related work.

  • B. In the instructor's discretion, notify the student of the instructor's intention to report the suspected academic dishonesty and permit the student to provide relevant further information if the student chooses to do so.

  • C. Refrain from taking unilateral punitive action as to a student rather than reporting conduct in suspected violation of the Honor Code.

  • D. Cooperate with representatives of the Honor System in conducting necessary investigation, providing testimony or other evidence, recommending appropriate sanctions, or otherwise bringing the matter to prompt conclusion.

  • IV. Involvement: To bring to bear requisite faculty judgment regarding the nature and importance of academic integrity, and to nourish a strong campuswide understanding and commitment to associated intellectual and personal values, faculty members, teaching assistants, and other instructional personnel should

  • A. Explore issues of integrity in connection with instructional activities where relevant and appropriate.

  • B. Encourage their academic units to take matters of academic integrity seriously, become informed regarding related problems and advisable means of preventing problems from arising, and provide requisite training and support to instructional personnel.

  • C. Participate upon request as part of educational initiatives, faculty advisory panels, and University Hearing Boards designed to create, nurture, and enforce high standards of academic integrity within the University community.

    Responsibilities of Students

    In order to ensure effective functioning of an Honor System worthy of respect in this institution, students are expected to

  • I. Conduct all academic work within the letter and spirit of the Honor Code, which prohibits the giving or receiving of unauthorized aid in all academic processes.

  • II. Consult with faculty and other sources to clarify the meaning of plagiarism, to learn the recognized techniques of proper attribution of sources used in the preparation of written work, and to identify allowable resource materials or aids to be used during examination or in completion of any graded work.

  • III.Sign a pledge on all graded academic work certifying that no unauthorized assistance has been received or given in the completion of the work.

  • IV.Comply with faculty regulations designed to reduce the possibility of cheating–such as removing unauthorized materials or aids from the room and protecting one's own examination paper from the view of others.

  • V.Maintain the confidentiality of examinations by divulging no information concerning an examination, directly or indirectly, to another student yet to write that same examination.

  • VI.Treat all members of the University community with respect and fairness.

  • VII. Report any instance in which reasonable grounds exist to believe that a student has given or received unauthorized aid in graded work or in other respects violated the Honor Code. Such report should be made to the Office of the Student Attorney General, the Office of the Dean of Students, or other appropriate officer or official of their college or school.

  • VIII. Cooperate with the Office of the Student Attorney General and the defense counsel in the investigation and hearing of any incident of alleged violation, including the giving of testimony when called upon.

    Procedure for Reporting

    Members of the University community who wish to report possible violations of the Honor Code should contact the Office of Student Conduct at (919) 962-0805 or fill out the online form found at The Office of Student Conduct will review the report and refer it to the appropriate Student Attorney General for action.

    Student Government

    The by-laws of the Board of Trustees of the University invest in the chancellor of the University "the duty . . . to exercise full authority in the regulation of student conduct and in matters of student discipline…" At the same time the chancellor has delegated authority to exercise disciplinary and administrative functions in student life to agencies of student government. Within the context of this delegated authority and responsibility, the student body at the University has been self-governing for decades.

    Student government at Carolina is more than 100 years old, and hundreds of students are involved in the various branches every year. From serving on the Board of Trustees to the appropriation, oversight, and authority of student fees, from instituting governmental service to enforcing the Honor Code, student government affects the life of every student every day.

    The entire framework of student government's activities rests on its ability to maintain the foundation of administrator-student relations. The University should serve as an advisor, not as a supervisor, to the student body. In order to enjoy this freedom, students at Carolina must be willing to take a certain amount of responsibility to develop their own community and community values. Student government serves to maintain this freedom and the advisory, not supervisory, relationship.

    In 1876 the Honor System officially ended all vestiges of the monitorial system; in 1904 a judicial body, the University Council, was established; in 1938 the Student Legislature was established; and in 1946 a written constitution was approved. In 1968 the coeducational Honor Court was formed out of the Men's Court and Women's Court to hear all Honor Code cases. The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance was ratified and put into operation in 1974 and was significantly revised in 2003.

    Student government at UNC–Chapel Hill approximates the federal system of government with its three branches: an executive branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch.

  • A. The Executive Branch: This group serves as the official voice of the student body to the University and broader community, including the town of Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. Heading the executive branch is the student body president, assisted by the vice president, the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, student body treasurer, student body secretary, the chief of staff, and the senior advisor. As determined by and reflective of the needs of the student body, the president structures his/her cabinet and committees and makes appointments to a wide range of University committees that address those needs and other concerns as they arise during the year. These committees usually include hardship parking, elections board, University services, information technology, student life, minority affairs, first-year focus council, and public service.

  • B. Legislative Branch: Student Congress is unicameral, consisting of 41 representatives elected by the student body, with the student body president and the student body treasurer serving as nonvoting ex officio members. The speaker of the Student Congress is elected from among the 41 representatives. Graduate and professional students and on- and off-campus undergraduates are proportionally represented in the Congress.

  • Congress handles considerable legislation and, as one of its primary responsibilities, oversees the student activity fees budget and other student fee areas. Established by student and University committees before approval by the Board of Trustees, a predetermined amount of the fees paid by each student provides the source of funds for Student Congress's annual allocation and subsequent appropriations budgets. These funds are allocated to petitioning student organizations that have received official University recognition. The student body can petition for changes in the student activities fee at any time.

  • Student Congress representatives are elected in the spring for one-year terms, and each member serves on one of three standing committees: finance, rules and judiciary, and student affairs. A fourth committee, ethics, is composed of senior members of the Congress.

  • C. Judicial Branch: There are two major areas that comprise the judicial branch; the first is responsible for the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, and the second is responsible for resolving issues related to the Student Code (

  • The Honor Court hears all cases involving potential violations of the Honor Code. There are separate courts for undergraduate students, graduate students, and students in the Schools of Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Business. The Honor Court is organized as follows:

  • Office of the Student Attorneys General: The appropriate (undergraduate or graduate) student attorney general investigates all potential violations of the Honor Code. Staff members also present cases to the Honor Court and assist students accused of violating the Honor Code.

  • University Hearings Board: These boards are made up of faculty, staff, and students. The University Hearings Board generally hears appeals of Honor Court cases.

  • Students interested in serving on the Honor Court or the student attorney general's staff should contact the Honor System Office at (919) 966-4084 for information about how to apply.

  • Student Supreme Court: This court adjudicates all issues of student constitutional law to be decided under the Student Code. This body most closely fills the traditional judicial branch of government and consists largely of students with previous experience in student government, mediation, and/or law.

    Alcoholic Beverages Policy

    (For complete alcoholic beverages policy, see appendix.) The University's Policy on Student Possession and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Facilities of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sets forth the circumstances in which alcoholic beverage use, consistent with federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, is permitted in University facilities and on University property. Copies of the policy may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students, located in the Student and Academic Services Building North. The text of the policy can be accessed on the Web at

    Drug Policy

    (For complete drug policy, see appendix.) Students, faculty members, administrators, and other employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are responsible, as citizens, for knowing about and complying with the provisions of North Carolina law that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver, or manufacture those drugs designated collectively as ‘controlled substances' in Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Any member of the University community who violates that law is subject both to prosecution and punishment by the civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the University. Also, recent federal legislation requires, as a condition of employment, that any faculty or staff member engaged in the performance of a federal grant or contract must abide by the University's Drug Policy and must notify his or her dean, director, or department chair of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the work place not later than five days after the conviction. Disciplinary proceedings against a student, faculty member, administrator, or other employee will be initiated when the alleged conduct is deemed to affect the University's interests. Penalties will be imposed for violation of the policies of the University only in accordance with procedural safeguards applicable to disciplinary actions against students, faculty members, administrators and other employees. The penalties that may be imposed range from written warnings with probationary status to expulsions from enrollment and discharges from employment. Every student, faculty member, administrator, and other employee of the University is responsible for being familiar with and complying with the terms of the Policy on Illegal Drugs adopted by the Board of Trustees. Copies of the full text of that policy are available from each student's dean, director, or department chair, or from the Office of the Dean of Students or the counseling service of the Office of Human Resources. The text of the policy may be accessed on the Web at

    No Smoking Policy

    Smoking is prohibited in University facilities, residence hall rooms, apartments, and common area spaces, including hallways, lounges, lobbies, stairwells, laundries, vending areas, balconies, breezeways, connectors, and porches. Additionally, smoking is not permitted within 100 feet of any University building, or in state-owned vehicles. Smoking is also prohibited throughout Kenan Woods (the wooded area between Kenan Stadium and Campus Health Services) and within 50 feet of the area surrounding Kenan Woods. The University's policy regarding smoking may be accessed on the Web at

    Summary of the University's Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Interpersonal Violence, and Stalking

    The University's Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based on protected status: age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. It expressly, therefore, also prohibits sexual violence and sexual exploitation, which by definition involve conduct of a sexual nature and are prohibited forms of sexual or gender-based harassment. This policy further prohibits stalking and interpersonal violence, which need not be based on an individual's protected status. Finally, this policy prohibits complicity for knowingly assisting in an act that violates this policy and retaliation against an individual because of their good faith participation in the reporting, investigation, or adjudication of violations of this policy.

    For more information about the policy and procedures, visit or contact the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office.

    Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office 100 East Franklin Street, Unit 110 Campus Box 9160 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9160 Telephone: (919) 966-3576 Fax: (919) 962-2562

    Policy Statement on Nondiscrimination

    The University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals' abilities and qualifications. Consistent with this principle and applicable laws, it is therefore the University's policy not to discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, genetic information, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Such a policy ensures that only relevant factors are considered and that equitable and consistent standards of conduct and performance are applied.

    Resources for Information and Assistance

    Individuals are encouraged to report incidents of prohibited conduct to the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, the Title IX Compliance Coordinator, the Student Complaint/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, the Office of the Dean of Students, or the UNC Department of Public Safety. As an alternative, an individual can also seek confidential assistance that does not involve notice to the University. If the conduct you have experienced is sexual violence or other criminal activity, including interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking, you are also encouraged to report the incident to local law enforcement. Visit for a comprehensive list of support and reporting options.

    Reporting Options

    UNC Department of Public Safety 962-8100

    Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office eoc.unc.edu100 East Franklin Street, Unit 110 (919) 966-3576

    Interim Title IX Compliance Coordinator

    Katie Nolan100 East Franklin St., Unit 110 (919) 445-1577

    Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Student Complaint Coordinator Ew Quimbaya-Winship 1125 Student and Academic Services Building (919) 843-3878

    The Office of the Dean of Students deanofstudents.unc.edu1106 Student and Academic Services Building North (919) 966-4042

    Confidential Resources

    Campus Health Services 966-3650After hours: (919) 966-2281

    UNC Hospital Emergency Room 966-4721

    Counseling and Psychological Services 966-3658

    University Ombuds Office 843-8204

    Orange County Rape Crisis Center 968-4647; 1-866-WE-LISTEN (1-866-935-4783)

    Gender Violence Services Coordinator Cassidy Johnson (919) 962-1343

    Amorous Relationships

    According to a system-wide policy adopted by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in 1996, it is misconduct, subject to disciplinary action, for a University employee, incident to any instructional, research, administrative, or other University employment responsibility or authority, to evaluate or supervise any enrolled student of the institution with whom he or she has an amorous relationship or to whom he or she is related by blood, law, or marriage. It is misconduct, subject to disciplinary action, for a University employee to engage in sexual activity with any enrolled student of the institution, other than his or her spouse, who is a minor below the age of 18 years. Friendships or mentoring relationships between faculty or instructional staff and students are not proscribed by this policy. Nor is it the intent of this policy that such nonamorous relationships be discouraged or limited in any way. Copies of the full text of this policy are available from each student's dean, director, or department chair, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of the University Counsel, or the Equal Opportunity/ADA Officer. The text of this policy is available on the Web at (click on "Improper Relationships between Students and Employees").

    Transportation and Parking


    Every student at UNC–Chapel Hill who parks an automobile during the week in University parking areas is required by UNC Transportation & Parking to obtain and display a parking permit. Parking permit holders must park only in specific zones as indicated on their parking permits. Please note the signs at the entrances to each lot which detail the hours of enforcement for that parking area.

    Motor vehicle parking permits may be applied for during online registration procedures at UNC Transportation & Parking offices in the Public Safety Building. Vehicles found parked illegally may be cited by Transportation & Parking's Parking Control Division, and subsequent violations may result in further citations, immobilization ("booting"), or towing of the vehicle. Citations may be appealed through UNC Transportation & Parking's Appeals Office within 10 calendar days upon receipt of the citation. Citations can be appealed in person during office hours Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., online at, or by regular mail.

    The Parking Control Division operates MAP, the cost-free Motorist Assistance Program. If a vehicle requires a "jump start" or if the keys are locked inside the vehicle, motorists may call for assistance at (919) 962-8006 (weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.). During all other times (and on University holidays), the UNC Police Department should be contacted for motorist assistance at (919) 962-8100.

    The Commuter Alternative Program

    The Commuter Alternative Program (CAP, online at is an initiative with the goal of reducing campus traffic congestion and parking demand through the promotion and management of viable alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle use at UNC–Chapel Hill. It is designed to reward campus community members for the use of bicycling, walking, transit, and ridesharing. CAP is only available to off-campus students who do not have a parking permit. CAP has a listserv, giveaways, prizes, discounts to local merchants, and daily benefits in relation to alternative transportation programs. For more information or to request a brochure, call UNC Transportation & Parking at (919) 962-3951 or visit the Web site at

    Alternatives to Parking provides excellent information on student transportation alternatives. GoTriangle is designed to give students all the information needed to ride the bus, ride with friends, or bike to great destinations throughout the Triangle. The site includes a Transit Trip Planner to popular destinations; schedules for Triangle Transit, Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA), Capital Area Transit (CAT), and Chapel Hill Transit; information about Triangle Transit's express bus to Raleigh; bike safety information and city bike maps; information on student carpool options; and a calculator tool that calculates how much an individual can save by using alternative transportation.

    Local and Regional Transit

    The University, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro work together to provide the fare-free Chapel Hill Transit system. No exchange of money, coupons, or display of a bus pass is needed when boarding a Chapel Hill Transit bus. Campus U route and RU (Reverse U) shuttles run in continuous loops from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., serving nearly every area on campus.

    Commuting students can use any of the town park and ride lots, or they can join the Commuter Alternative Program and gain access to additional lots. All park and ride lots require a permit, which may be purchased at Chapel Hill Transit provides free and quick service to and from campus to the lots. Student CAP participants receive one one-day pass per semester allowing free parking in park and ride lots or in S11 zoned lots on south campus. In addition, in the case of an emergency, UNC–Chapel Hill's Emergency Ride Back service is available to provide transportation to the park-and-ride lots or any location within Carrboro or Chapel Hill municipal boundaries. Visit more information.

    Regional transit (to and from RDU, Raleigh, Durham, and other nearby cities) is available through Triangle Transit. Included in the full complement of regional service is express service from Raleigh to UNC–Chapel Hill and from Hillsborough to UNC–Chapel Hill. Triangle Transit also provides free Park & Ride lots around the area. For more route information, call Triangle Transit at (919) 485-RIDE or visit


    Point-to-Point (P2P, online at transportation offers fare-free, fixed-route service aboard the P2P Express minibuses, operating on a continuous loop around campus during evening hours, 7:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m., seven nights a week (when residence halls are open) during fall and spring academic semesters. Students must show their UNC OneCard to board the P2P Express. After dark, a demand-response van can be accessed by students in areas that are not served by the P2P Express route.

    P2P also offers fare-free, demand-response transportation service to disabled students and students going to or from Campus Health Services 24 hours a day.

    Safe Ride

    A student-run program called "Safe Ride" aims to provide increased mobility between 11:15 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. on weekend evenings. Although it shares part of the name, this is a different program from the P2P Library Safe Ride Shuttle. There are three Safe Ride bus routes operating on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They provide service between campus and many private student housing developments, as well as other off-campus destinations after Chapel Hill Transit service ends for the evening. For more information, phone Chapel Hill Transit at (919) 969-4900, or visit

    UNC Bicycle Registration

    The Department of Public Safety requires bicycle registration for bicycles stored or traveling on campus. The program serves as a deterrent to crime, aids in the identification of lost or stolen bicycles, and enables the department to plan for improved bicycle parking facilities around campus in the future. All students who register their bikes will receive a 50-percent-off coupon for a u-lock from UNC Student Stores. Forms for the free bicycle registration are available at

    You can also obtain registration forms at the Department of Public Safety. Cyclists who live more than two miles from the Bell Tower may join the Commuter Alternative Program.

    Zimride Rideshare Matching

    Zimride is an easy way to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. The UNC–Chapel Hill private Zimride community allows you to find friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way you are. Zimride helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, and popular events. If you have a car, split costs by offering rides. If you don't have a car, find rides where you need to go. For more information, visit


    UNC–Chapel Hill introduced Zipcar, the world's largest provider of cars on demand by the hour or day, in 2004. Since then, students, faculty members, and staff from UNC–Chapel Hill have been taking advantage of this car-sharing program by self-reserving Zipcars on campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, though online and mobile devices.

    Students can join Zipcar for $35 a year ($10 off for the first year) and will gain access to UNC–Chapel Hill's Zipcars starting at $7.50/hour and $69/day. Gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day are included, along with reserved parking spots and 24-hour roadside assistance. New subscribers will receive $35 in free driving to use during the first month. Full details are available at

    For More Information

    Visit UNC Transportation & Parking during regular business hours (weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), in the Public Safety Building via Hardin Drive (just off Manning Drive) on south campus. For more information on parking and transportation at UNC–Chapel Hill, log onto UNC Transportation & Parking's Web site at You may also "like" the department on Facebook (UNC Transportation & Parking) or choose to follow us on Twitter (@MoveUNC). Concerns may be addressed at the following campus telephone numbers:

  • General Information (919) 962-3951, 3952

  • Parking Control (919) 962-8006

  • Accounts Receivable (919) 962-6073

  • Parking Appeals (919) 962-3953

  • Visitor Pay Operations Parking (919) 966-4424

  • Point-to-Point Shuttle Dispatcher (919) 962-7867 (962-"P-TO-P")

  • Commuter Alternative Program (919) 843-4414

    Students with temporary physical handicaps or other hardships requiring special consideration should contact Accessibility Resources & Service for complete information on transportation options. Visit for more information.