An honor system is a of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others.
The University maintains an Honor Code because we believe that all members of our community should be responsible for upholding the values that have been agreed upon by the community. A written Honor Code is an affirmation of our commitment to high standards of conduct inside and outside of the classroom.
Each student is charged with the responsibility to refrain from dishonorable conduct. Accompanying this individual commitment to abide by the Honor System is an even more demanding commitment*a responsibility to ask those who violate our standard of honor to leave the University. Accepting these responsibilities is vital to the successful maintenance of our student-run Honor System.I find most honor systems both academically and professionally to be laughable. We work on the honor system at my job and one of my responsibilities is to manage conflicts of interest with professionals (doctors, scientists, and researchers). There are so many competing interests and questionable associations people engage themselves and very few people recuse themselves from participating in activities that are clear conflicts.
Academic life is essentially shaped by the commitment to honor. Assuming that students will behave honorably, the faculty grants flexibility in the scheduling of most final examinations, and all are taken without supervision. Take-home closed book examinations are a common occurrence. The pledge, “On my honor, I have neither given nor received any unacknowledged aid on this (exam, test, paper, etc.),” expresses the student’s promise that the work submitted is his or hers alone. Students’ dedication to honorable behavior creates a strong bond of trust among them and between them and the faculty. This student dedication and the bond that it engenders also provide the basis for the faculty’s commitment to accepting a student’s word without question.
So do you think honor systems practically (not theoretically) work or is it something nice to have in your mission statement but no one really pays any attention to?