Opinion editor Maggie Zellner sat down with Margaret Anderson, chair of the Undergraduate Honor Court, to talk some more about sanctioning.
Daily Tar Heel: I’m curious about how sanctions differ between cases, even when students are convicted of the same violation. How does this work?
Margaret Anderson: I can’t give you hypothetical examples, because we don’t operate on precedent. And I can’t give past examples because we need to maintain confidentiality.
But the basic idea is that if two students receive the same sanction for the same violation, and the sanction will affect one student very differently than the other student, that’s not fair.
DTH: So is the underlying assumption that precedent isn’t the best way to achieve equitable outcomes?