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The Honor Code: It’s Happening

The much debated, highly controversial, and somewhat confusing Columbia Honor Code is officially happening. CCSC had something to say about it; SGA had something to say about it; Bwog had something to say about it. Yet during its turbulent gestation, the honor code remained mysterious in its actual content, leading to rooms of people arguing about something that they didn’t really know much about. Well, the mystery is over: in a press release from CCSC, OJA, and the Office of Academic Affairs, the honor code has been officially instated…for CC. Students will be given the chance to sign individual pledge cards and thus make a commitment to academic integrity; the cards will be displayed in Butler for all the world to see. For the class of 2017, this event has already happened — but upperclassmen will be able to do the same in the future at their own year’s designated events.

The full press release below:

The Columbia College Student Council is proud to introduce the Honor Pledge to CC students for this academic year. The institution of this honor code reflects years of conversations among students, faculty, and administrators regarding the importance of academic integrity to maintaining the high level of scholarly work produced at Columbia. CCSC presents the Honor Pledge, with support from the Office of Judicial Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs, in the hope of actively engaging students in the ongoing dialogue about academic integrity. As a part of this student driven initiative, all CC students will be given an opportunity to make a public commitment to uphold these community values, beginning with the first year class at the Columbia College Academic Assembly on Tuesday, August 27th. CCSC leaders Nora Habboosh (Academic Affairs Representative) and Bob Sun (Vice President for Policy) will speak to the incoming first year class about the purpose of this Honor Pledge, then invite all students to sign individual pledge cards which will be collected, bound, and put on display in Butler library to serve as a reminder of the commitment students have made to each other. CCSC will host similar events for the classes of 2016, 2015, and 2014 where returning students will have the opportunity to sign the pledge and reflect on the significance of this commitment to themselves, each other, and the community at large.

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16 Comments

  • SEAS kids says:

    @SEAS kids however, can cheat or lie or steal all they want

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Asians*

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Wealthy international students and/or athletes*

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Don’t understand where you get that idea. Every school has an honor code. Just not every school has an honor pledge. Apparently the people advocating for this honor pledge doesn’t understand the difference and neither does Bwog.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous SEAS has neither a pledge nor a code. CC didn’t either, until late last year. Now CC (and GS) have both, while SEAS still does not. ESC voted down the resolution to have a pledge and a code last year.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous > columbia
    > honor

    also, did anyone see those “HONOR THY BARNARD” posters?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous yes lol

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous @Anonymous: >Trying to greentext on Bwog

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous What is the penalty for violating the honor code? Does this have any influence on how cheating will be handled a the disciplinary level?

    1. bzs2104 says:

      @bzs2104 Currently no changes have been made to the disciplinary process.

      Of course, you may ask, what is the current process? We hope the honor code will lead to more students asking questions like this (and like yours). And we’re working with administrators to find ways to make the process more intuitive to understand and more transparent!

  • all i know is says:

    @all i know is nora habboosh is a goddess HOW DO I MARRY HER?

  • gary says:

    @gary turbulent gestation. good one.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous So does the CCSC honor code retain the mild student rights protection that was agreed upon during 4 council drafting — that signing and reciting the honor code was voluntary? Or did CCSC’s backdoor implementation scrap that?

    1. CC '14 says:

      @CC '14 Signing and reciting the pledge is still voluntary.
      First years at the assembly were encouraged, not forced, to sign and recite it, and this is also the case for upperclassmen who can choose to come the honor code introduction events for their year.

  • CC'16 says:

    @CC'16 Why do I have to find out about things like this through Bwog?!?!? Thanks Bwog, but the Columbia administration and the CCSC have to ramp up their communication with the students they are supposed to be serving / representing.

    1. CC '14 says:

      @CC '14 Here is the official press release from the Director of Communications-it was posted on the Columbia College news site on 08/27.

      http://www.college.columbia.edu/news/first-year-students-take-new-academic-integrity-pledge

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