Honor Committe produces CD, invites
faculty to trials
By Virginia E. Carter
Committee has taken two steps to educate new students and
current faculty about the Honor System. It has produced a CD-ROM
to teach new students about the system, and it has invited faculty
members to attend honor trials.
of the CD were distributed to all first-year and new transfer
students in late January. In the future, copies will be mailed
to new students soon after they arrive for their first semester
addition to a 10-minute video introduction on the systems
history and structure, the CD features two interactive segments,
one where students can follow two possible outcomes of an honor
offense and another where they can take a timed quiz to assess
their knowledge. Another segment provides links to Web sites on
integrity and honor systems at other universities. The CD concludes
with a message from football coach Al Groh.
fundamental principles of the Honor System dont change,
but it was time for a new look and a more contemporary approach
to educating students about their Honor System, said Christopher
Smith, chairman of the Honor Committee. By showing an account
of what happens before, during and after an honor offense occurs,
one of our goals was to take some of the mystery out of the honor
Stark, a 1995 U.Va. graduate who serves as a sideline reporter
for ABCs Monday Night Football, narrates the
video portion of the CD. Additional alumni from the 1990s as well
as current students, faculty members and administrators appear
CD was funded in part by the Parents Program and created
by the Honor Committee. Assistance was provided by the Educational
Technologies Department of the School of Continuing and Professional
Studies and an outside contractor, Cinemagic, based in Mechanicsburg,
Pa. The CD replaces a 1995 video, copies of which had been given
to all new students when they entered U.Va.
Honor CD-ROM is only one aspect of educating students about the
Honor System. A pool of more than 30 honor educators, all students,
serve as support officers to the Honor Committee and are responsible
for teaching the University community about the system.
mid-February, the Honor Committee sent members of the teaching
faculty an e-mail inviting them to witness honor trials. Trials
are generally closed to observers, but with approval by the Honor
Committee and the student standing trial, members of the U.Va.
community may attend a trial. Reminding faculty of the opportunity
to attend trials is intended to make the Honor System more inclusive
and less secretive.
community of trust that defines the U.Va. Honor System extends
to faculty, Smith said. We want to develop an even
stronger partnership with faculty and allow them to see how the
system works on the inside.
Honor System, which dates to 1842, is the oldest completely student-run
honor system in the United States. Upon entering U.Va., students
pledge not to lie, cheat or steal, and, in return, they have the
benefit of living in a community of trust. Any student convicted
of an honor offense is asked to leave the institution permanently.