The Executive Committee: What It Does and How It Impacts You

By: Andrew Stover, 1L

Staff Writer

The Honor System fosters trust and collegiality on campus, and it is just one of the things that makes Washington and Lee such a great school to attend. As every student knows, the Executive Committee is the body responsible for adjudicating alleged violations of the Honor code. There is only one sanction available for the violation of the Code: dismissal from the University.

But perhaps not every student knows what the Executive Committee does beyond handling Honor Code violations. While these matters are of the upmost importance to Washington and Lee, the Executive Committee spends a great deal of time addressing other concerns as well.

Rising 3L John Houser provided information on what the Executive Committee does beyond Honor Code hearings. For example, the Executive Committee has task forces dedicated to various interests at Washington and Lee. This past year there were task forces for Student Community, Mental Health, Education, the Law School, Student Government, Third Year Housing, W&L Traditions, Sustainability, ITS, and Generals’ Sports.

The Executive Committee in a group photo

Source: | The EC decides on important Honor Code questions, and has good taste in tie colors.

Each task force is comprised of two members of the Executive Committee, and those members pursue the goals of their task force as they see fit. Then, at the Executive Committee’s weekly business meeting, members report on the progress of their task force.

Another big part of the Executive Committee’s responsibility involves budgeting. This is especially important to us at the law school because this is how the Student Bar Association gets funding. For one week each semester, the Executive Committee hammers out the upcoming semester’s budget allocations for student organizations on campus. The Executive Committee registers new student organizations as well.

At the same time, the Executive Committee appoints members of various committees on campus. Some committees are permanent, while others are designated as administrative. This process involves interviewing potential appointees. There are a large number of committees, and a list of them can be found on

Overall, the Executive Committee is responsible for much more than holding hearings on Honor Code violations. It plays a more vital role in the Washington and Lee community than you might believe at first. It funds and creates the organizations we love, and it appoints members to oversee interests that we hold dear. The Executive Committee is crucial to the functioning of Washington and Lee altogether.

Congratulations to John Houser and Timur Dikec on being elected the 3L and 2L Executive Committee representatives for the upcoming year.


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