Chancellor Holden Thorp’s recent decision to suspend and review a provision of the Honor Code is a step in the right direction for the University — but it’s not the only reform the Honor System needs.
A holistic review of the system could provide clarity in what kinds of cases the student-led Honor Court should consider, and the court should be given full autonomy in those areas.
Throughout his tenure, Thorp had steadfastly resisted interfering in the court until now, and many before him did the same.
But recent campus events have brought to light the fact that certain aspects of the Honor Code deal with incidents that shouldn’t be left entirely up to students’ adjudication.
Because of this, sexual assault cases, for example, are now handled by a student grievance committee, rather than students alone. Faculty Council is also pushing for faculty representation in academic integrity cases.