A new honor code for UC Berkeley

Charlotte Passot/Staff

UC Berkeley has a new honor code. The wording is brief and to the point – “As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act with honesty, integrity, and respect for others.” Although college campuses across the country have adopted various forms of honor codes, Berkeley is the first
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Honor code plaques are unneeded

CAMPUS ISSUES: The effort to install more than 400 plaques bearing campus’s honor code suggests students lack honesty, integrity and respect.

The campus honor code, which was implemented during the 2012-13 school year, is a good-faith attempt to emphasize the importance of honesty and integrity in academics and social life at UC Berkeley. But the installation of plaques bearing the honor code in more than 400 classrooms throughout campus is an
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Insufficient honor code

CAMPUS ISSUES: While the new honor code for UC Berkeley is addressing a worthy aim, its vague nature will likely inhibit its impact.

UC Berkeley’s new honor code misses the mark. Its apparent goal, to proactively foster an atmosphere of integrity on campus, is praiseworthy. But the code’s vague language is likely to render it ineffective. The one-sentence honor code plainly states that “As a member of the UC Berkeley community, I act
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