Cadet Honor Code is Bedrock of Character Development

At West Point, character development is not an isolated program under the auspices of one agency; rather, it is integrated across the spectrum of the West Point experience: the academic, military and physical programs.

It is essential to the development of leaders of our Army that all activities at West Point are conducted within an environment of high moral and ethical standards.

At West Point, cadets learn about and prepare for the ethical demands of officership by living under the dictates of an Honor Code, which states: "A Cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do." Its purpose is to foster a commitment to moral-ethical excellence and an insight into the broader, more comprehensive professional military ethic.