The history of the ASUPS Honor Court has, for the most part, been undocumented. A letter drafted by the associated students during the Huseby and Longstreth Administration (1926-1927) argues, “in recognition of the fact that dishonesty is practiced among a number of students of this institution,” that a program be created to “uphold the honor of the institution.” This letter laid out a foundation for the Honor Code (now Student Integrity Code) and System of Enforcement (now the ASUPS Honor Court, in affiliation with the Department of Student Development).
Over the years, the Court grew and changed in structure. Many of the tenants, guidelines, and procedures were formalized and strengthened by the students of the Puget Sound’s School of Law. In addition to Honor Court hearings, the Integrity Code Board was introduced and remains more frequently used today in comparison to a full-fledged Honor Court hearing. Administrative Hearings stand as the number one most chosen hearing option by students.
The official body of the Honor Court is owned by the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound (ASUPS), but primarily operated by The Department of Student Development. As the adjudicating body of the University, the Honor Court is charged by the ASUPS Constitution and Bylaws, as well as The Logger and Honor Court Reference Manual. The Honor Court also acts as the third entity of the ASUPS, the Judicial Branch of the Associated Students.