This the question Clay Motley, Associate Director for Academics at the Honors College at WKU, raises after attending another session at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) yesterday afternoon in Boston:
“I am at a session focusing on whether Honors programs/colleges should have an “honor code” establishing a set of academic and ethical values for an honors communities, separate from that of the overall university. The large majority of people at the session are Honors students, and most believe this is a good idea. Some question why Honors students should be held to a different standard than non-honors students, but most feel that Honors students are members of a unique academic community and should be defined by high academic and personal integrity, even if it goes beyond what the university requires.
The Honors College at WKU is seriously considering drafting just such an “honor code,” with significant input from Honors students, Honors College leadership, and WKU’s Student Affairs.
Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not?”