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Next Steps on an Academic Honor Code for SCU

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

 Fourteen hundred SCU students responded to a survey this fall on attitudes toward the adoption of an honor code by Santa Clara University.  The majority supported a modified honor code, in which students are encouraged but not required to report violations.

Just completed is a response period, in which a draft statement of the code and possibilities for implementation were posted on the Web.  More than 350 comments addressed the code and concerns about the current campus culture of academic integrity.  Students were disturbed about what they saw as a lack of due process and inconsistent sactions in the current system.  They weighed in on whether signing the code should be mandatory, and if so, how often students should be required to sign it.

The effort so far has been led by Ethics Center Hackworth Fellow, Aven Satre-Meloy, an SCU senior, supported by Associated Student Government and other interested students.  The next step will bring students and faculty together to advance the process.