"A form of association which will defend the person and goods of each member with the collective force of all, and under which each individual, while uniting himself with others, obeys no one but himself, and remains as free as before."
This was Rousseau's design for the social contract. Each one of us puts into the community his person, his powers, and trust under the supreme direction of the general will.
On my honor, I have not given or received any unauthorized aid on this work.
Living together at St. John's, we have our own scaled-down, though no less important, reproduction of this social code: the student-run honor system. In theory, this contract is founded on the belief that students can take responsibility for establishing and maintaining standards for their own behavior, thus protecting personal freedom and community standards. In order to secure a greater civil freedom, individuals make a commitment to the community out of trust and mutual concern.
Honesty, respect, and responsibility for others are basic precepts of honor. Actions or attempted actions that run counter to these precepts are violations of the Honor Code. It is the student's responsibility in cases that seem unclear to check with the appropriate authority. Ignorance of the Honor Code is not an excuse for a violation.