A new report has found sizable disparities between the number of cases reported to the honor system by UNC’s academic departments.
Since the University launched an effort to reform the honor system in the fall, the issue of faculty disapproval of the system has loomed large.
At an October meeting of the Faculty Council, several professors cited departments’ chronic disengagement with the honor system.
The report, which was compiled by the student attorney general’s staff, broke down the 53 cases of academic misconduct reported between April 4 and November 21 by department.
According to the data, the biology department reported up to eight cases, while many others reported zero.
University policy mandates that all cases of academic misconduct be reported to the honor system. Academic misconduct is defined as either plagiarism or cheating on assignments, including exams.
“With some departments, you have to question what their departmental philosophy is in regard to the honor system,” said Jon McCay, the undergraduate student attorney general.
But lack of reporting isn’t the only cause of the differences, faculty members said.
History professor Jay Smith said the level of reporting lies within the culture of each department.