Faculty and student buy-in to the Honor Code was discussed at Student Senate during the Valentine’s Day meeting in preparation for a vote on the proposed changes made in the Honor Code Review Committee report.
Senator senior Alex Uzarowicz asked Dean of Students Lori Haslem what her opinion of the points of the report was during the closing comments session of the meeting.
“I think the spirit of [the points] is really good,” Haslem said.
The aim of changing the Honor Code is at its root aimed at promoting faculty and student buy-in to maintain the integrity and fairness of the process.
Considering the negative context in which the honor board is frequently seen, some changes have to be made, Senator junior Nora McGinn said.
The report was recently discussed at the faculty meeting Feb. 11 Faculty raised points at the meeting addressing the concern that they also felt as if they were on trial at the proceedings.
“I think we do have a tremendous problem with faculty not buying into the system, so when you have worries about fairness you have to realize there are faculty right now who are not bringing cases to the court, and that’s unfair,” Haslem said.
The changes are meant to address those problems.
“Some of the recommendations here are meant to really, as some people said, increase faculty buy-in, and I think that that’s key,” Haslem said.
Students must also buy into the program.
“There has to be student buy-in as well. One of the things I’m concerned about is hearing from even all of you here that I was too scared to look at the Honor Code, I don’t really know what it is, that’s really not the way it should be. The more we can do to heighten what the Code can do in terms of the educational mission of the college, the better off we’re going to be,” Haslem said.
Many of the points, which are printed in this issue, revolve around the idea of changing the process from a legalistic one to one that is grounded with some kind of educational goal.
Senator senior Hatim Mustaly, also a member of the Board, said that the Honor Board is not intended to be a scary place for students or professors.
Uzarowicz likened the system to legalistic systems students will have to encounter after graduation and in graduate school and believes that the process should be maintained.
The language maintains a professional dimension throughout the proceedings, according to senator sophomore Payton Rose.
The issue will be debated and voted on point by point over the course of two meetings, according to Senate President senior Michael Gasparro.
Honor Board Co-Chairs and seniors Anna Meier and Charlotte Young were present to offer input and clarification on the points as well as on how the honor board operates.
Note: Anna Meier is Editor-in-chief of the Knox Student