Scholar members of the Committee of 12 (C12) proposed Honor Code-related suggestions, together with analysis into proctoring exams and potential restructuring of the judicial course of, to members of the Undergraduate Senate (UGS) and Graduate Scholar Council (GSC) in a scholar stakeholder assembly on Thursday. The assembly occurred shortly after the C12 publicly launched its proposals and proposals on the judicial constitution and course of, Honor Code and interpretations of the basic normal the identical day.
C12 scholar co-chair Jamie High quality, a sixth-year Ph.D. scholar in Trendy Thought and Literature, offered the C12’s suggestions, which proposed overhauling a lot of the present Honor Code. The advised modifications have been an effort to make the Honor Code extra clear-cut and emphasize group accountability, in keeping with High quality.
“The aim right here was to maintain it nonetheless fairly succinct and we’ve added some definitions to it,” High quality mentioned. “However we needed to emphasise the concept the Honor Code is just not on college students — it’s on our group. That is about all of us.”
Diego Kagurabadza ’25, UGS Parliamentarian and member of the UGS Committee on the Board of Judicial Affairs (BJA) and C12, mentioned that he supported the shift within the language of the Honor Code to a deal with upholding educational integrity, reasonably than “honor.”
“I respect that the proposed language modifications to the Honor Code body it as one thing about educational integrity, versus honor, which can convey one thing just a little extra destructive a few scholar’s private qualities,” Kagurabadza mentioned.
The C12 proposal didn’t embrace express modifications to the Honor Code concerning a divisive matter amongst college students: proctoring of examinations.
The present Honor Code prohibits instructors from remaining in an examination room whereas college students are testing. Instructors and educating assistants (TAs) are permitted to be within the room at the beginning of the session to elucidate the examination, inconsistently all through the take a look at’s period to offer clarification and on the examination’s conclusion to gather take a look at papers.
As an alternative of explicitly altering this coverage, the C12 has laid out a research-based strategy, proposing the formation of an Tutorial Integrity Working Group (AIWG) to “perform a multi-year examine… of equitable in-person proctoring practices.”
The AIWG would include 10 members — 4 college students, 4 instructors, one member of the Workplace of Group Requirements (OCS) and one member of the Workplace of Common Counsel (OGC). The group would start its analysis through the 2023-2024 educational college 12 months, and the analysis would final for 2 to 4 years.
In keeping with High quality, C12 members aren’t making particular suggestions on proctoring partly because of the want for extra analysis on the affect of proctoring.
“Whereas we acknowledged that we’ve concepts [on proctoring], what we needed was a gaggle that’s going to be skilled,” High quality mentioned. “So we’re counting on this AIWG to offer the sorts of [research] questions that we predict have to be answered primarily based on our reporting and the outreach that we’ve performed to this point.”
Some college students expressed issues that the C12 proposals didn’t handle whether or not the plan to determine the AIWG would enable scholar stakeholder teams to offer their insights on the insurance policies in the end proposed by the AIWG.
“As a result of there’s no different language within the Honor Code on what’s after [this study], it’s like an open terrain. I feel it’s necessary to incorporate right here that selections or findings from this examine will likely be reviewed,” UGS Co-Chair Amira Dehmani ’24 mentioned. If the analysis group have been to recommend proctoring to be advantageous, “including proctoring to school rooms is a really large choice that deserves the identical scrutiny that we’ve been giving [these recommendations].”
The C12 additionally proposed options that will restructure the movement of the judicial course of for charging Honor Code violations.
High quality mentioned that the present judicial course of has a “linearity” that was “very regarding.” In keeping with High quality, each reported Honor Code violation undergoes the identical investigative and panel course of, with comparable levels of imposed sanctions, with out contemplating the scholar state of affairs — like their class 12 months and whether or not or not they’ve a historical past of charged Honor Code violations.
Consequently, the C12 proposed a judicial course of with three tiers of overview: Various Decision, Mid-Stage Evaluate and Excessive-Stage Evaluate, for the least-severe to most-severe reported violations.
The Various Decision would contain a Restorative Assembly, giving college students the possibility to work with educational coaches primarily based on how nicely the scholar understands the severity of their violation in an effort to handle potential future circumstances. These educational coaches wouldn’t know that the scholar violated the Honor Code to keep away from any biases — intentional or not — of their interactions.
“[For instance, if a student] didn’t perceive the distinction between utilizing ChatGPT and utilizing on-line sources, they’d work with any person to speak by way of that,” High quality mentioned.
Transferring ahead, Kagurabadza mentioned that he’s anticipating extra dialogue amongst UGS and GSC members, together with the Stanford scholar inhabitants, concerning the suggestions. He mentioned he additionally expects extra negotiations with the C12 about how most of the suggestions will likely be handed directly.
Kagurabadza mentioned that he seems to be ahead to collaborating additional with different senators to offer extra suggestions to the C12. He mentioned he additionally desires to get group enter on the proposals.
“I actually wish to ask our constituents what they assume,” Kagurabadza mentioned.
A earlier model of this text misidentified Amira Dehmani’s class 12 months. The Every day regrets this error.