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QUAKER CAMPUS „i twy/t xt. u„„ 11 >5™™yy™~™™?*^™™%':** -"■»■>/-'**^^-~t^ January 18. 1990 Volume LXXVI, Number 11 January 18, 1990 What Is Happening With the Whittier Honor Code? - By Danielle Diego QC News Editor Since the first week of school, when Whittier College President James Ash announced plans for an honor code on campus, there has been a lot of concern and confusion about what an honor code is, what schools have a code, how they work, and the purpose of an honor code task force. In response to these questions, we present the following series of articles. The task force formed last semester by President Ash to investigate the possibilities for Whittier adopting an honor code has yet to come up with conclusive opinions for their March 1 proposal deadline, said Robert Marks, vice president for academic affairs. The eventual proposal will be the task force's recomendation for a particular honor code system designed for Whittier College. This proposal will be presented to President Ash. The task force has assembled a list of six schools with honor codes, reviewed the materials, and Task Force Still Investigating Other Schools have compiled a list of questions for Whittier College to answer. Dean of College Life Richard Archer, who is also a member of the task force, said that originally the force looked at eight models but, "we narrowed them down to six because they [the two codes dropped] didn't fit us [Whittier College]." Archer also said that the six codes were very different from each other. The honor codes being studied originate in the following intstitutions Rice University, University of Virginia, Stanford University, Harvey Mudd College Cal Tech University, and the University of Miami. The questions compiled by the force are What was the breadth of coverage of the codes (i.e. academic only or all aspects of the college community)?; To whom does the honor code apply (i.e. students only or all college community)?; In an honor code system, what responsibilities do the students have?; What responsibilities do the faculty have?; What are the privileges of trust that arise?; What processes and institutions were created to oversee and handle the code?; What are the sanctions for violations?; How did the institutions orient staff, faculty, and students to code?; What were the origins of the codes at the schools [how did they begin]?; and lastly, What is the philosophy and rationale behind the code? Marks repeatedly pointed out that all of these questions must be seen "on a continuum." For example, penalties under an honor code can be single- santioned, meaning the only penalty possible is dismissal from the institution for an infraction, to a multi-sanctioned system with penalties ranging from probations to expulsion. "We have the questions, and we have the answers as to how other colleges and institutions have dealt with these questions," said Marks. "The next step is to answer SO MANY CHOICES: Above are a few of the honor code guidelines that the Whittier College Honor Code Task Force is looking at. Writing and Computer Centers Get Totally New Equipment Over Break ...Both the Writing and Computer Centers Recieved All Brand New Equipment, Financed By the $18 Million Rennovations Bond. By Chuck Bock QC Editor-in-Chief As part of the $18 million bond for campus improvements, both the Whittier College writing center and computer center were rennovated over the Christmas break. The writing center has acquired 12 new Apple Macintosh SE computers and a laser printer, replacing four-year-old Macintoshes and the computer center added 20 new computers to their operations. "This is only part of a great big project on computers," said Carl Dury, director of the computer center. "We had been planning the rennovations for a while, and the questions for Whittier— nothing has been decided yet." By March 1, the force is expected to have answered these questions, and have a recommendation for President Ash. Marks said the force will synthesize the information acquired into one recommendation. "The decision can only come about as students and faculty meet and discuss," said Marks. "[We have] good things to think about, like our [Whittier College's] history, differences, and needs." Both Marks and Archer showed skepticism on having one particular recommendation by the deadline. "I will be surprised if we [the task force] move that quickly," said Archer. "We want to talk this through carefully. I suspect that people [students and faculty] will have a lot to tell us." The force plans to hold campus-wide discussions on the matter before the proposed date. Archer suspected that the force they all depended on the sale of the bonds, which passed in November." Dury said that the center rennovations are part of an 11-part plan which will bring Whittier College's academic computing environmvent to a Please see COMPUTERS page 3. would give Ash a progress report rather than a full recommendation. He reiterated that, "clearly, an option not to have one [an honor code]" still existed. Marks echoed Archer's comment that not having an honor code remained an option, but said, "I would be surprised il we don't, because after people get a good sense of what it [a honor code] means, everyone will have a say." Eventually, the recommendation will get to Ash. "If they recommend a certain code, I will make ajudgement on how I feel and talk to them [the task force]...," said Ash. "If they recommend that we adopt one, we will draft one according to the recommendation, circulate the draft, make changes suggested, and then there will be a process of formal ratification. "Obviously, both the faculty and the students are the main groups that need to be satisfied," said Ash. Virginia And Miami Codes Show Different Ways For Operating An Honor System Virginia—Students Miami—Students Elected, Violators Appointed, Expelled By Danielle Diego QC News Editor The University of Virginia Honor Code was initiated in 1842, by professor Henry St. George Tucker in an effort to ease tensions between faculty and students, tensions that culminated in the fatal shooting of professor John Davis by a student. The code standards have been repeatedly modified through the years in an effort to keep the code current to the morality of each generation. For example "honor" today is not as important as "honesty." In a Sept. 21 Guest Editorial of the Quaker Campus, Richard Archer, dean of college life expressed his ideas of an honorable and moral community. "...I hope to bolster our community with values that allow Please see VIRGINIA page 3. Multiple Sanctions By Danielle Diego QC News Editor In 1985, the University of Miami Student Body Government passed a resolution calling for the formation of an honor code for governing student affairs. Prior to the resolution, however, there was extensive discussion amongst administration about the idea of a code. Dr. James Ash (does that name ring a bell?), then Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies in the Division of Academic Affairs at Miami, was key in talking with student leaders about the formation of the code. "I don't know if I want to take credit [for coming up with the idea]," Ash says now. "But I was certainly an advocate of it. Dozens of people were involved so it is Please see MIAMI page 3. January Interim See Page 4. /- New Cruise Film See Page 5. Jr/ Uyeshima See Page Named Coach 8.
|Title||The QC, Vol. 76, No. 11 • January 18, 1990|
|Publisher||Associated Students of Whittier College|
|Description||The Quaker Campus (QC) is the student newspaper of Whittier College. The newspaper has been in continuous publication since September 1914.|
|Subject||Student newspapers and publications -- Whittier College (Whittier, Calif.)|
|Date||January 18, 1990|
|Format-Extent||8 pages ; 17 x 11.25 inches|
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|Repository||Wardman Library, Whittier College|
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|Image publisher||Whittier, Calif. : Wardman Library (Whittier College), 2013.|