UVA Students to Vote on Honor System Changes
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#1 Jan 24, 2013
Lying, cheating, and stealing are bad and you have to leave. Does that mean assault, arson, or drug possession are good and you get to stay?
#2 Jan 24, 2013
The first three are crimes of trust. Under the honor system there is a great deal of trust amongst students, and therefore if you commit an offense you are expelled.
The other three examples you gave do not involve that same issue. However, they are each crimes and punishable by the university police or through the university itself. I guess the theory is that there may be an opportunity for rehabilitation from those types of offenses, whereas once trust has been breached, it cannot be restored in a like manner.
#3 Jan 24, 2013
University Police?, you mean the lets sweap it under the carpet patrol.
#4 Jan 25, 2013
"He who made us would have been a pitiful bungler, if he had made the rules of our moral conduct a matter of science. For one man of science, there are thousands who are not. What would have become of them? Man was destined for society. His morality, therefore, was to be formed to this object. He was endowed with a sense of right and wrong merely relative to this. This sense is as much a part of his nature, as the sense of hearing, seeing, feeling; it is the true foundation of morality... The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or arm. It is given to all human beings in a stronger or weaker degree, as force of members is given them in a greater or less degree. It may be strengthened by exercise, as may any particular limb of the body. This sense is submitted indeed in some degree to the guidance of reason; but it is a small stock which is required for this: even a less one than what we call Common sense. State a moral case to a ploughman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules." --Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr, 1787. ME 6:257, Papers 12:15
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