Students at Mr. Jefferson’s U. Show Their Quality*

Honor SystemThe student body of the University of Virginia voted overwhelmingly against a referendum to radically change the school’s honor code. The change was shot down by a margin of two-to-one.

The Honor System states simply that the student will not lie, cheat, or steal. If convicted of violating the code, the punishment is final – death by fire ants expulsion (with any previously awarded degrees revoked).

Numerous attempts to alter the single-sanction honor code (or one-strike-and-your-out rule), which has been in effect for over 150 years, have all failed.

The history of college-level honor codes began in America, coincidently enough, with the Yardmaster of UVA himself, Thomas Jefferson. TJ penned the code for his alma mater, the College of William and Mary.

To read more about the UVA Honor Committee go here. To see the video click here.

Source: The Daily Progress; Wikipedia

* “Show their quality” in the title is an obscure LOTR reference from the second film (extended edition) (see here about halfway down the page).


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