I “watched” via Twitter the public honor trial of two University of Virginia students accused of cheating. As reported by Cavalier Daily, this was a rare public trial, as most students opt for a closed one. The two students were found to have participated in collaboration and cheating and were sentenced to expulsion, although they may file an appeal.
According to its website, the U.Va. honor system is student-run and is the oldest of its kind in the nation. It was another student who turned in the pair in this case, after witnessing his fellow students’ behavior on an exam.
Today’s students do not appear to be any less aware of the moral implications associated with “cheating,” but many have convinced themselves that what they are doing is not cheating.
In the end, though, it’s the students who are cheating themselves. Good grades may get you the first job but if you can’t perform, you won’t keep it long.
Kudos to the student who turned them in. And kudos to the honor council for weighing the evidence and recommending expulsion. Perhaps if more of these trials were public, fewer students would engage in such behavior.