The Honor Code System : Is It Only A Void?

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Where Honor Should Be, in Rockhurst There is Only a Void.
The honor code is a set of rules used by high schools and colleges to prevent the students from cheating, stealing and plagiarizing. The honor code puts the responsibility of maintaining academic integrity on the student’s shoulders instead of those of the faculty. Ideally, this code works well because the students are trusted, monitored and held accountable by their peers. Unfortunately, in reality the honor code is not successful and can actually allow for more cheating. Rockhurst High school is better at preventing misconduct than the honor code by enforcing stricter policies on the students. The honor code is not necessary at Rockhurst High School and should no longer be implemented. The honor code system basically tells students that is up to them to decide whether it is acceptable to cheat or not. Although, most people would hope that the students at Rockhurst possess enough integrity to know that cheating is wrong, it only takes a few “cheater-types” to undermine the “honest-types”.(Source C) As Rutgers University professor Donald McCabe said “honor codes don’t always work. Their success depends on a culture of academic integrity”. The students need to have an expectation that cheating is not tolerated by their peers.
However, many students see High School as an obstacle to overcome. Trivial acts like unpermitted collaboration and subtle plagiarism are seen as acceptable and necessary to succeed. The…

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