Reports from the Honor Committee are always worth reading. Let’s save permanent copies for the last three years: 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Below the break, I have saved permanent copies going back 15 years. Comments:

1) The last three years have featured 19, 18 and 23 cases, similar to the 10 year average. Recall our discussion about the 34 cases in 2017-2018, for which we do not yet have a report. Are Williams students cheating more or is the College more diligent in catching them?

2) The Committee deserves praise for being so transparent in telling us what happened and why. Example from 2016-2017:

Transparency is wonderful, because it both discourages future cheating and helps build community consensus about unacceptable behavior and the appropriate punishments thereto.

3) But even more transparency would be better. In some reports (as above) they make clear the gender of the student. That is good! If cheating is more male than female (or vice versa) then we have a better idea about where to devote our educational efforts. Another location for increased transparency is reports like this one:

Besides gender and class year, it would be good to know the specific course, or at least the department. If cheating is more common in Chemistry or in Division III, then that is where we should focus our efforts.

What is your favorite case from 2016 — 2017?


Honor-and-Discpline-Committee-Report-2013-2014-2

Honor-Ctee-report-2012-2013

Honor-and-Discipline-Committee-Report-2011-2012

Honor-and-Discipline-Committee-Report-2010-2011

Honor-and-Discipline-Committee-Report-2009-2010

Honor-and-Disc-Report-2008-09

Honor-and-Discipline-Report-2007-08

Honor-and-Discipline-Report-Spring-2007

Honor-and-Discipline-Report-Fall-2006

Honor-and-Discipline-Report-2005-2006

Honor-and-Discipline-Report-Spring-2005

Honor-and-DIscipline-Report-Fall-2004

Honor-and-Discipline-Report-Spring-2004

Honor-and-Discilpline-Report-Fall-2003

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