As the University debates changes to its student-run honor system, outgoing Student Attorney General Jon McCay said he is worried.
It has been months since the creation of the honor system task force to implement reform, but McCay said he has yet to see tangible results.
And as review of the honor system advances, an absence of outcomes could prove detrimental to a system that has already had images problems with students and faculty.
“My fear is that if the task force isn’t focused on specific issues — as opposed to just an overall, generalized evaluation of the system — then we’re going to get reforms that may not address the root issues that started the review in the first place,” he said.
McCay said he would like task force members to target specific issues, like advising on new educational sanctions and providing expertise on which cases the system should hear.
But Jan Boxill, chairwoman of the faculty and the task force, said the group has made progress by dividing into subcommittees — one that will work on immediate issues and one that will evaluate the honor system more holistically.
Many of the goals of the short-term subcommittee are already in progress, she said.
The subcommittee has already developed a proposal to establish one honor system for all graduate and professional schools — an initiative that will be voted on at Friday’s Faculty Council meeting.
Efforts have also been made to make the system website more user-friendly and to invite faculty to serve on the appeals board.