In support of the University’s mission and the mission of the Division of Campus Life, Judicial Affairs upholds standards of conduct to promote a civil community dedicated to the highest standards of honor and ethical conduct, and promotes a positive and safe living and learning environment for all members of the University community. Through a system of fair and efficient due process, students are held accountable for their actions on campus, within the local community and beyond.

With a student development focus, the University judicial system encourages students to assess their attitudes and behaviors as they relate to respect for self and others. Through educational, therapeutic and punitive sanctioning, students are supported in becoming positive contributing members of the University, local, and global communities. Leadership experiences are emphasized as students serve in various roles within the judicial system.

Statement of Purpose

Wake Forest believes in individual freedom, not as a right but as a responsibility… freedom to be and, more important, to become. Attendance at Wake Forest is a privilege, not a right. The University’s traditions and principles, accepted voluntarily by each student, evolve from the core of this indivisible concept of freedom and responsibility. Therefore, it is assumed that the student who elects to attend Wake Forest does so with the intent of being in fact and in spirit a cooperating member of the community.

Although great responsibility rests on the student for his or her own conduct, the Board of Trustees has specifically charged the faculty and the administration with responsibility for prescribing requirements for the orderly behavior and government of undergraduate students. The faculty and administration, acting alone or in consultation with the Student Government, establish specific conduct regulations and provide for their enforcement.

The University judicial system is jointly administered by the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean for Student Conduct, the Honor and Ethics Council, and the Judicial Council. For other information on this matter, please consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook.