pect cheating, you are supposed to turn the student in." When Weldon did suspect a student of cheating in her class, she said she found herself uncertain of the next step."No one had gone over what to do. Some sort of more specific training would really help." Valerie Pruvost, graduate student attorney general for the past two years and a TA in the department of Romance languages and literatures, said graduate students are an important group to emphasize. Despite the fact that far fewer cases are referred at the graduate level, many graduate students have two roles: teacher and student. "We teach so many of those lectures, so many of those under- grads," she said. "Don't we have even more of an importance maybe than the [permanent] faculty?" Even training for honor system staff members is lacking. Pruvost said she wants to make a handbook for her
successor because the current administration
provides so little guidance.
Although faculty members and
instructors seem to have a slightly better
understanding ofthe code than their stu-
dents, it doesn't mean they like the honor
system. Giving faculty members discretion
in resolving and sanctioning minor
offenses is one way to increase their par-
ticipation, McCabe said, but that is not
done at UNG Because ofthat, some
professors are disinclined to work within the
honor code system, even if they are
familiar with its operating procedure.
"I think most faculty are inclined to
want to resolve issues themselves within
the classroom setting and with students,"
Solloway said, adding that he thinks that is
the best way to handle all but the most
Many faculty members share Moeser's
concern that the code is a "blunt instru-
ment" that doesn't distinguish among
shades ofviolations. A student turned in to
the Honor Court for plagiarism because
he or she had chunks of unattributed
material might genuinely have been con-
fused about how to properly cite sources.
Or the student could knowingly have
turned in an entire paper printed from the
Internet. Either way, the court is supposed
to impose the sanle minimum sanction for
both: a grade of F in the course and sus-
pension for at least one semester.
Some members ofthe University
community want to make the penalties
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