no legitimate basis for including conduct violations in the Honor Court system; a student guilty ofstealing has committed a criminal offense that should be tried in a criminal court and should not also be tried in a University Honor Court. At the least, these critics contend, conduct viola- tions should be heard by a separate board that can make a judicious decision as to whether an individual's behavior has endangered the University community and, ifso, determine appropriate sanctions on a case-by-case basis. Moeser said he believes the current system places too much responsibility on student participation, and he likens being a part of the Honor Court to holding down an unpaid full-time job in addition to keeping up with course responsibilities. Indeed, there have been instances when trials and hearings have been delayed because the court could not round up enough ofits members. He and a number offaculty favor adding faculty members to balance the court. Moeser and Appiarius, anlong others, also have argued that the members ofthe court are inadequately prepared for the seriousness oftheir duties - essentially, some contend, they are acting as lawyers and judges with only a semester oftraining. "We actually send people to law school to learn these processes in the real world. And you have to have a law degree and pass the bar," Moeser said. "And yet, we've got people who in a sense - and they're not just play-acting because this is very real - but with a minimal amount of training, involved in students' careers and their lives." Others say that taking power out of the hands ofstudents would reduce their commitment to the system and make it less viable. Some University administrators say another reason why the process is so diffi- cult to understand, and why there is so little support for it among students and faculty, could be its legalistic nature. The language is confusing, and the honor sys- tem tries to model itself on a criminal
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