Students Promote Tradition of Integrity during Honor Week

Among the many things freshmen do during FASET orientations each summer is pledge to uphold the Institute’s Academic Honor Code. For some, this is the first and last time they will consider that oral pledge, but next week students will remind each other how the code works and what it means for their lives.

From April 9–13, the Honor Advisory Council (HAC) will host Honor Week, educating students on what the group does, how it can assist them and some of the intricacies of the Academic Honor Code.

HAC works with students and the Office of Student Integrity (OSI) to educate those who are cited for violations related to the honor code, as well as those who just have general questions about what is and is not permissible.

“Students don’t always know their rights and can come into the OSI process unprepared,” said Anna Skipper, chair of the HAC. Skipper and the rest of the council serve around 70 students a semester as peer advisors, answering queries from students submitted to honor@gatech.edu and holding ethics seminars as part of the integrity process for those facing sanctions. However, not all students who face a violation will receive sanctions.

Students can learn more about HAC at a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. in the Clough Commons Lounge (Room 205) featuring Anderson Smith, senior vice provost for academic affairs; Dana Hartley, director of undergraduate studies; and Cara Appel-Silbaugh, associate dean of students and interim director of OSI. Students can ask questions about the honor code, the OSI process and other academic-related concerns. 

“We want to promote the community of care that exists at Tech, and how the honor code ties in,” Skipper said. HAC will also be tabling on Tech Walk during the week. To learn more about HAC, attend the panel on April 11 or visit honor.gatech.edu. Or, contact a student honor advisor at honor@gatech.edu.