Committee at University of Virginia Produces CD-Rom; Invites Faculty
to Attend Trials
February 21, 2003--
The University of Virginia’s student-run Honor
Committee has taken two steps to educate new students and current
faculty about the University’s Honor System. The committee
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 at U.Va. The content
is also available at a new "On My Honor" Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/onmyhonor/.
addition to a 10-minute video introduction on the system’s
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 colleges and universities. The CD concludes
with a brief message from Al Groh, U.Va. head football coach.
fundamental principles of the Honor System don’t 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 process.”
Stark, a 1995 U.Va. graduate who serves as a sideline reporter for
ABC’s “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 on camera, sharing
their views about the Honor System.
CD was funded in part by the U.Va. Parents’ Program and created
by the Honor Committee. Assistance was provided by the Educational
Technologies Department of U.Va.’s 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 University community
may attend a trial. Reminding faculty of the opportunity to attend
trials is intended to make the Honor System more inclusive and less
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. We are proud of our system, and we are confident
that faculty members who witness a trial will find it to be thorough,
serious and professional.”
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.
more information or to request a copy of the CD-ROM, contact Nicole
Eramo, special assistant to the Honor Committee, by telephone at
(434) 924-7216 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Additional contact: Christopher Smith, chairman of the Honor Committee,
Virginia E. Carter, (434) 924-1036