The Syracuse Honor Code

I want YOU to have Cuse Honor via blog.syracuse.com

Before you judge BYU for its stringent honor code and the dismissal of Brandon Davies for violating it (allegedly by admitting to sex with his girlfriend), remember, Syracuse has an Honor Code as well.

What's that, you don't remember seeing anything about an honor code? Well that's cause you were too busy living in a dream world. A world without honor and a world without codes. Syracuse uses words like honor, code. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it.

SORRY...tangent...where was I? Right, Syracuse Honor Code.

As a reminder, I thought I would lay out the basic tenents of the Syracuse University Honor Code, so that you might look upon them and vow to live a life that's worthy of their virtue.

  • Be honest, unless lying will help you win a football, basketball or lacrosse game.
  • Live a chaste and virtuous life, unless no one is pointing a video camera in your direction, then feel free to live as unchastely and unvirtuously as possible.
  • Obey the law and all campus policies, unless you are a scholarship athlete. Then, free reign.
  • Use clean language, i.e. If you're going to say things like 'It's the most bullshit thing I've seen in thirty years,' do so into a microphone so the sound is "clean."
  • Respect others, unless they're wearing Georgetown colors. In that case, beat the ever-loving crap out of them with a beer bottle.
  • Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse. Especially tea. Seriously. Tea will f*** you up. (Ed. Note - That's actually from the BYU Honor Code)
  • Participate regularly in church services, and by "church" we mean "Carrier Dome."
  • Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards:
Men

A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, revealing, or form fitting (looking at you, Brandon Triche). Shorts must be knee-length or longer (never look at early 80's Syracuse lacrosse photos). Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered (aka The Boeheim). Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek (The reason Don Mattningly is banned for life from campus). If worn, moustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean-shaven; beards are not acceptable (JAMES?!?!?!). Earrings and other body piercing are not acceptable unless they're Syracuse-themed. Snowshoes should be worn in all public campus areas.

Women

A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained (use our Chancellor as an example). Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing; has slits above the knee; or is form fitting (did we say inappropriate? We mean very-appropriate). Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be knee-length or longer (AHEM!). Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extremes in styles or colors (unless you play women's basketball). Excessive ear piercing (more than one per ear) and all other body piercing are not acceptable (unless you play women's basketball). Snowshoes should be worn in all public campus areas.

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