Aug 24

Integrity Week 2015

One of Honor Council’s biggest undertakings of the 2014-15 year was Integrity Week. Taking place March 23-27, We hosted several interesting speakers and events aimed at getting students to hear interesting perspectives and think about integrity and how it plays a role in their academic and personal lives.

On Tuesday, we hosted a lunch with David Wong. Professor Wong works in the philosophy department, and his research focuses on how we decide what is right and what is wrong. You can read about him here. We also held a dinner on Tuesday with Dean Sue Wasiolek. Dean Sue has been at Duke for many years, and is passionate about honor and student life.

On Wednesday, we set up a ‘Triwizard Maze’ which encouraged students to consider various ethical dilemmas involving academic dishonesty in college. We provided free Chipotle burritos to those who finished!

Dr. Dan Ariely, a well-known researcher in the field of behavioral economics, hosted an event entitled ‘Ask Ariely’ on Thursday. Students got the chance to eat lunch with Dr. Ariely and ask him questions about his work, including his latest documentary, ‘(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies’.

On Thursday night, we hosted the accomplished Julian Harris for a lecture and dinner. Dr. Harris is a Duke graduate, a Truman and Rhodes Scholar, director of a $10 million Medicaid program, a World Bank consultant, and currently works in the White House. He shared great insight about how our government can cooperate and accomplish great things with a little work.

Our final event of the week was a chat with Bob Lefkowitz on Friday afternoon. Professor Lefkowitz won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012, and was more than happy to share his experiences and stories about integrity with the students in attendance.

Aug 22

Class of 2019 Orientation (August 17-21)

This past week, Duke welcomed the Class of 2019. Honor Council used a few events to connect with first-year students and get them thinking about integrity. On Monday, the Council facilitated small group discussions in a breakout session as part of International Orientation. The participating students worked through a few case studies about academic dishonesty and moral courage on campus, and discussed how they personally would react to each situation. Through the conversations, students were forced to think about their own values and how they will affect their decisions in college.

On Tuesday, once the entire class had moved into their dorms on East Campus, all first-year students attended a welcome ceremony at Williams Athletic Field. Laura Holton, this year’s Honor Council Chair, spoke to the class about the Duke Community Standard and how it can play a role in the daily lives of Duke students.

On Thursday, the class attended their True Blue sessions to learn more about life on campus. At the end of each session, students signed banners affirming the Duke Community Standard. These students pledged to incorporate the DCS into their daily lives in college. The banners will be prominently displayed on campus to show the Class of 2019’s commitment to honor and integrity.

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Aug 23

Honor Council Welcomes Class of 2018!

Class of 2018 Welcome

On Tuesday, August 19th, the Class of 2018 joined together at Williams Athletic Field for the welcome address. At the event, Honor Council Chair, Dominique Beaudry, spoke about the importance of conducting ourselves in a way we can be proud of and urged first-years to seek out opportunities to learn, connect, and enjoy all Duke has to offer.

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Class of 2018 Signs Duke Community Standard


On Thursday, August 21st, first-year students participated in a Duke tradition by signing the Duke Community Standard, affirming:

  • I will not lie, cheat, or steal in my academic endeavors;

  • I will conduct myself honorably in all my endeavors; and

  • I will act if the Standard is compromised.


To see pictures of the event, please see our Facebook Page!

Information Sessions


Today, Honor Council hosted 2 information sessions for students interested in learning more about the organization. Thank you to everyone who participated! Please check out our  Facebook Page for pictures of the events!

Aug 18

International Integrity

Welcome to Duke, Class of 2018! Today, Duke students from around the world gathered in small group sessions to discuss honor, integrity, and the Duke Community Standard during International House Orientation.IMG_2046 IMG_2044 IMG_2043 IMG_2042 IMG_2041 IMG_2040 IMG_2039 IMG_2038 IMG_2037 International House Orientation

Apr 27

Honor Council partners with International House for Class of 2018’s Orientation

International students convene for International Orientation before the official First-Year Orientation begins, so as to have some additional time to adjust to the new surroundings and culture in the USA. Duke Honor Council will be hosting a break-out session during International Orientation in which academic and social integrity will be discussed in small group settings. The goal of this initiative is to encourage international students, who likely come from very different cultural backgrounds, to think critically about ethical issues and make informed decisions as they begin their life at Duke University.

Apr 27

Dessert for Thought 2014

On April 15th, Honor Council hosted its annual event, “Dessert for Thought,” in GA Down Under. Nine incredible panelists presented to a crowd of students eager to discuss ethical dilemmas at Duke and beyond.

A huge thank you to our wonderful panelists: Mayor Bill Bell, William Wright-Swadel, Ph.D., Stephanie Helms Pickett, Ed.D., Li-Chen Chin, Ph.D., Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., Meredith Casper, Elaine Bushfan, J.S.C., Stephen Kelly, and Dan Ariely, Ph.D. (in order of panel from left to right).

Also, thank you very much to all of the ladies and gents who attended! We hope you enjoyed the event!!

Please check our Facebook page for event photos.

Jan 14

#DukeEncourage Campaign

In need of some inspiration? Or want to spread the love and share your own encouragement with the Duke community? Be sure to swing by the Bryan Center Plaza and check out the #DukeEncourage wall!

Click here for more information on the campaign and its history.IMG_5088IMG_5092

Jan 03

Weekly Meetings

Each week, the Honor Council meets to plan and discuss upcoming projects, as well as how to generate conversation about honor, integrity, and moral courage around campus.

Have an idea or topic to propose? Share with us at

Dec 29

Dessert for Thought 2013

The Honor Council held an event at the Nasher Museum in the Spring of 2013 to talk about issues of identity and mobility. The keynote speaker was Jimmy Soni, T‘07, Managing Editor of the Huffington Post website. He spoke about his path from Duke to the consulting industry and finally to media. Students then rotated in groups from table to table and had fifteen-minute discussions with faculty members and administrators about group identity and the ability for social mobility both on Duke’s campus and beyond.



Dec 29

Duke Encourage

Duke Encourage was a post-it note and Twitter campaign to help build morale and foster a sense of community on campus in the Spring of 2013. The notes were stuck on walls and billboards all around campus and featured inspirational messages. Students were encouraged to take notes with them and tweet about their notes using #DukeEncourage. The second phase of the campaign was to paint one of the construction walls on the Bryan Center Plaza with uplifting quotes, sayings, or notes to other community members. The campaign received a lot of positive feedback.

During finals week this year, Councilors braved the cold to paint one of the construction walls of the Bryan Center (pictured below). The campaign will kick off for 2014 during Spring term. Be sure to stop by the Plaza to add your own encouraging note!! More details to follow.

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