The Office of Community Standards (OCS) saw 207 total cases — 180 of which were honor code cases — in the 2017-2018 school year, presenters told the Faculty Senate at Thursday’s meeting.
As students continue to flock to computer science, Stanford’s CS department has to grapple with the challenges of hosting the most popular major on campus.
Some students and their advisors say the Office of Community Standards’ process for resolving misconduct allegations can be unnecessarily burdensome and still must do more to protect students’ rights. Meanwhile, judicial panelists say they lack the training to rule confidently in specialized cases.
The Office of Community Standards (OCS) has followed up on a special Internal Review Panel (IRP) report released last fall by working with specially created Board of Judicial Affairs (BJA) committees to promote awareness of the Honor Code and Fundamental Standard — creating an educational video, and an open forum last May.
Tuesday evening, the Board of Judicial Affairs (BJA) held an open discussion titled “The Honor Code in the 21st Century.” Dozens of students, faculty and staff members shared their perspectives on current issues involving the Honor Code.
Giving students (especially freshmen) the option of living in dorms without RFs provides them with an opportunity to experience dormitory life and their newfound independence without having to worry about disturbing the RFs and their families.
As it stands, the Honor Code only benefits careful cheaters and the faculty who encourage them by giving the same homework year after year. Let’s turn it into a document that makes Stanford a fairer and more honest university.
One extra point—seeking that extra point to improve a grade is often all it takes for a student to exhibit a case of academic dishonesty and violate the Honor Code in classes using clickers.