Racial Disparity in Prosecution of Honor Violations at the University of Virginia

The Honor Committee at the University of Virginia reports a wide racial disparity in students accused of honor violations. An honor offense is defined as an intentional act of lying, cheating, or stealing.

The committee reports that in the current academic year 64 cases were referred for review. Of these, 21 cases, about one third of the total, involved black students. The committee decided to bring formal charges against 35 individuals. Thirteen, or 37 percent, of those facing formal charges were black. Only three of the 13 black students formally charged with honor violations were found guilty.

Blacks are about 9 percent of the undergraduate student body on the Charlottesville campus.