Honor Code Argument Analysis

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As the means to cheating have been much more accessible in the recent generation, there have been many debates over whether an honor code should be implemented to enforce academic honesty. Although some may argue that even with an honor code in place there would be no one to enforce the rules, it has been proven that the placement of an honor code has indeed lowered the amount of cheating and plagiarism in classrooms. It is evident that the effects of an honor code lie not just within a classroom, but play towards life’s morals as well. The honor code plays a role in unifying the student body, instilling moral values, and support a positive learning environment. The main argument against honor codes is towards the enforcement of these systems,…show more content…
Creating a strict honor code that promotes students “never to lie, cheat, or steal (Source D)” constantly reminds students of values that are necessary for success even beyond the classroom. Although some argue that copying the honor pledge onto all of their documents may be “excessive (Source B),” it is, however, due to this repetition that effectively reminds students of these necessary morals. Also in Source B, Vangelli’s question as to “what type of environment we wanted to live in” stretched beyond the classroom environment. With practicing the honor code in a classroom setting, it also promotes integrity in the real world which, in fact, is what schools prepare their students…show more content…
As Vangelli states her desire to attend a school where she “could feel comfortable taking an exam without worrying about someone someone looking at my paper (Source B),” she demonstrates the voice of many hardworking students that end up with the same grades as a student who, for example, plagiarized throughout the course. In order to create a healthy environment, there have to be consequences set for those that do not follow the honor code to ensure maximum efficiency of the system no matter how harsh they may be. It is crucial for schools to provide students an environment where they can live up to their full potential and that can only be done through proper regulations that create a sense of trust between students and faculty (Source
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