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Thomas University Holds Honor Council in High Regard

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Thomas University is one of only a handful of schools in the U.S. with a student-run Honor Council.

Thomas University is one of only a handful of schools in the U.S. with a student-run Honor Council.

Dr. Ann Landis is TU's Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. She says TU "trust[s] students to adjudicate cases and to lead our efforts in educating students on how not to cheat or plagiarize."

The university put an honor code in place in 2004, and says it strives to instill good values - both for work and play - in its students.

"What matters to us most is that students emerge really prepared to be successful in their professions, and as citizens," Landis continues.

Teachers are also kept up-to-date with the newest ways students can cheat, as well as technology that allows them to catch and prevent plagiarism.

Student Honor Council members say sometimes peers will come before them for plagiarism, and in the end, it turns out they simply don't know how to cite a paper.

The Honor Council does have faculty advisors, but students say they think the honor code is taken more seriously when their peers are at the wheel.

Says Sean Singletary, a TU Senior and the Honor Council's President, "It's an important process here ... at Thomas University we believe our degree is a degree of honor, and we want to keep the level of academic integrity really high here."

The Honor Council says its goal is not to punish students, but to try and teach them why 'cheaters never prosper'.


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