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The College’s Honor Council is increasing its outreach to students this semester as part of a broader push to grow the body’s influence on campus.
More than 60 students enrolled in CS50 last semester appeared before the Honor Council in a wave of academic dishonesty cases that has stretched the Council to its limits.
During final exams, and on final papers and assignments, undergraduates have starting affirming their awareness of Harvard College’s first honor code, which went into effect this semester.
“The vast majority of faculty really do care, and the vast majority of students care. Yet I think a good portion of the time, we miss each other in unintentional ways,” said Brett Flehinger, the Honor Council’s secretary.
A study co-authored by Steven D. Levitt suggests that assigning students randomly to seats during exams significantly reduces instances of cheating.
Undergraduate members of the Honor Council—the student-faculty body tasked with enforcing the honor code—are adjusting their schedules as the Council hears its first slate of academic integrity cases.
Administrators are introducing the policy in an attempt to make sure students are aware of it.
The NCAA has denied goaltender Steve Michalek and defensemen Patrick McNally and Max Everson an additional year of NCAA eligibility, bringing an end to a long period of uncertainty for the trio of NHL draft picks.
The Administrative Board has repeatedly pushed the database’s target release date back, amid concerns that the summaries could compromise the privacy of individual students.
The student-faculty judicial body will be chosen and trained by the Academic Integrity Committee.
Those charged with implementing the honor code may encounter hurdles created by a restructured disciplinary system and a community that may be apathetic to the policy’s purpose.
While some members of the committee that drafted the proposal acknowledge its limited scope, they maintain that changes to Harvard’s disciplinary process must be incremental to be effective.