While the number of students taking computer science classes has increased rapidly, the number of faculty has not, causing serious problems for the department.
A recent uptick in reports of academic dishonesty during Winter Quarter prompted an all-faculty email from Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D ’82. In the email, Etchemendy cited a large, introductory course, where as many as 20 percent of students are suspected of violating the Honor Code. According to sources familiar with the situation, the emailed referred to CS106A and B.
Stanford’s Office of Community Standards’ annual case reports demonstrate a steady increase in the number of Honor Code violations in computer science (CS) each year.
However, the enrollment in CS classes has also risen significantly over the last five years. In the 2013-14 academic year, over 1,500 students took CS 106A: Programming Methodology, the first course of the introductory programming series in the CS department, and computer science has grown into the largest major on campus.
“We find beyond a reasonable doubt that you violated the Honor Code.” These are the words that no student ever hopes to hear. However, as a judicial panelist for the past two years, I’ve had the unfortunate experience of informing students that they have been found responsible for violating the Honor Code and/or the Fundamental Standard.
The Office of Judicial Affairs (OJA) is currently undergoing its first major review since 1997, when Stanford’s Judicial Charter was created. Fourteen years have passed since then, and we are investigating what is working, what is not working and what needs to work differently — and we want your input in answering those questions.