April 23-May 27, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 8
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‘We want to see results!’
Board of Visitors calls for progress on diversity issues
Adams sees program review as an engine of progress
Senate to students: Reject lying and cheating in your midst
Headlines @ U.Va.
Faculty Actions
U.Va. digital history center reaches out to Virginia schools
It’s Personal: An aspiring group of teachers makes learning meaningful
Casteen: Budget stalemate won’t close University
Wise leadership
WHTJ marks Brown anniversary
Feast for the soul: Sufi devotional music of Pakistan
Talk to cover Health System’s master plan
Bowen urges ‘class-based affirmative action’
Senate to students: Reject lying and cheating in your midst

By Matt Kelly

The Faculty Senate’s Academic Affairs Committee has been examining, since last fall, the student-run Honor System, which requires students convicted of lying, stealing or cheating to be expelled from the University. In its report April 8, the committee recommended restoration of the nontoleration clause to the Honor System as “an essential step for students to assert their full control and responsibility for their Honor System.” The nontoleration clause, eliminated from the code in the 1970s, requires a student who is aware of an honor violation to report it, and failure to do so is itself an honor violation.

The committee also suggested continued dialogue on the system’s lone sanction of expulsion, saying that alternatives could strengthen the community of trust.

Kenneth A. Schwartz, a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, said elimination of the nontoleration clause had eroded student ownership of the system, to the point where up to 85 percent of the cases some years were initiated by the faculty. He also cited a recent Honor Committee survey that indicated only 36 percent of the students were willing to initiate cases. Seventy-four percent of the surveyed students said they had not committed an honor violation.

Some professors have suggested faculty members stop initiating cases until students take more ownership of the system.

The committee recommended establishing a system of legal and administrative support for faculty initiators and witnesses in honor cases.

The report suggested the senate work with the administration, the Honor Committee and the Board of Visitors to promote the Honor System as a fundamental cornerstone of the University.

Pamela A. Kulbok, co-chairperson of the committee, said while the senate can’t make changes to the student-run system, the additional discussions about it would help.

The senators approved the committee’s recommendations with no dissent and two abstentions.

The senate also approved a committee recommendation, with a single “no” vote, that the School of Engineering and Applied Science close its bachelor’s degree program in applied mathematics as of May 2008, allowing those already in the program to complete their degrees. The master’s of applied mathematics and the Ph.D. programs will close this year. The programs are being dropped because of low enrollment.
Vice President and Provost Gene Block reported that tenure discussions were murky with people crossing disciplines, and he said teacher evaluations from students have dropped off sharply after being put online.

In other business, the senate’s nominating committee offered a slate of officers for the 2004-05 academic year, including Houston G. Wood III as chairman-elect and Deborah G. Johnson as secretary. Arlene W.
Keeling and Kenneth A. Schwartz were nominated to vie for a lone vacancy on the executive council to replace Kulbok. The slate was accepted and unopposed. Senate members will vote via mailed ballots.

 


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