ERIC Number: ED541806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1915
Reference Count: 0
Present Status of the Honor System in Colleges and Universities. Bulletin, 1915, No. 8. Whole Number 632
Baldwin, Bird T.
United States Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
The aim of this bulletin is to set forth the present status of a phase of college and university administration that enlists the cooperation of students for the maintenance of fair play and honesty in the preparation and performance of classroom activities. A personal letter, with 11 questions appended, was submitted early in 1913 to 475 American colleges and universities, 425 of these institutions responded with detailed answers and with such available literature as was at hand. The term "honor system" is used to connote the formal recognition and adoption by students and faculty of a system of mutual responsibility among students for honest scholastic work. In several institutions student government is included under the general term "honor system"; in other institutions, especially the larger universities, the honor system is independent of any form of student government; in others, particularly the smaller colleges, it is the natural outgrowth of the participation of students in the direction and control of their various collegiate activities. Contents of this bulletin include: (1) Foreword; (2) History; (3) The investigation; (4) Methods of electing or appointing student councils; (5) Final jurisdiction and penalties; (6) Faculty supervision; (7) Violations; (8) General aim and purposes of the honor system; (9) Institutions using an honor system in all departments; (10) Institutions just adopting an honor system; (11) Institutions planning to adopt the honor system; (12) Institutions having an honor system in vogue in spirit but not in organization; (13) Institutions favoring the honor system but which do not have it; (14) Institutions in which the sentiment is not sufficiently mature; (15) Institutions in which peculiar conditions militate against adopting the honor system; (16) Institutions that have not felt the need of the honor system; (17) Institutions that frankly oppose the honor system; (18) Institutions in which the honor system has failed; (19) Institutions which reply negatively without comment; (20) Conclusions; and (21) Tabular summary as to the use of the honor system. Appended are: (1) Type constitutions; (2) Type pledges; and (3) Membership of type administration councils. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [This paper was written with the assistance from Henry L. Messner and Grace W. Greene. Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Educational History, College Students, College Administration, Ethics, Prosocial Behavior, School Surveys, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Student Government, Cheating, Discipline Policy, School Policy, Behavior Standards, Student Responsibility, Student College Relationship, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness
United States Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, United States Bureau of Education (ED)