support honor system, but quibble with the details
Honor Committee survey of University faculty, compiled in the
spring, found professors to be generally supportive of the honor
system, but concerned about the single sanction and trial procedures.
The faculty survey, which had a 36 percent response rate, found
that 58 percent of the faculty rated their opinion of the system
as either "somewhat positive" or "very positive,"
and two-thirds said the system was at least somewhat effective
in deterring academic dishonesty.
cases of clear-cut academic fraud, 60 percent said they were likely
to initiate an honor case. But if they only suspected wrongdoing,
81 percent said they were "uncertain" or "unlikely"
to file charges.
Only 7 percent said their opinion of the system had improved over
their tenure at the University.
those who have initiated an honor charge, roughly two-thirds were
satisfied with the performance of honor advisers, investigators
and counsel, but opinion was more divided once the case reached
the trial. About 60 percent rated the trial's fairness as "somewhat
satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory," and 59 percent
described their overall experience as "unsatisfactory."
survey results are available online at http://www.student.virginia.edu/~honor/.