The word “HONOR’ relates to somebody whois respected by other individuals based on some incredible achievements, who isexceptionally capable, or who carries on in a way that is ethically right. Theword honor code is a clarification made by a school or institution tending toissues such as cheating, taking, and twisting in which its individualsguarantee to take after to. Honor codes are self-regulating and allows maximum freedom for students,in the completion of all academic work, and to ensure the integrity of thatwork.
TheHonor Code is very important in protecting every student’s originalideas and also completing their academic work successfully. Firstly, this is my first encounter with theword honor code. For a typical student from India, this is relatively a newterm which is unheard.
The reason behind this is, we are not exposed to such aculture where academic institutions trust the students basing on honor codes.Cheating in exam is quite common and most professors find different ways torestrict plagiarism.ForExample: There are some cases in Bihar state where hundreds of studentscommitted to mass copying in exams and the government has ordered for a retest.Such issues are quite common in some of the states in India. Secondly, many colleges andeducational institutions have honor codes, but they are neglected and notenforced properly. On a personal note, every student in India who are seriousabout their academic career tend to bound and abide to some rules which can becalled as personal honor code. Honor code revolves around students by makingthem responsible for policing each other. But the culture back in India isself-moral policing.
Education system in India is considerably competitive andnot all the time students can use plagiarism or malpractice to prove theirskills. Every student should be knowledgeable enough and clear all his creditsso that he is eligible for a degree. Theculture in universities revolves around how well you perform in your exams. I personally admit that throughout myentire academic career, I submitted my assignments on time and never tookunauthorized support from others during my exams. I tried to attend each andevery lecture irrespective of attendance. I can proudly say that many of thestudents back in India are loyal to their academics and never encourageunauthorized aid.
Even the universities in India at strict on malpractice andplagiarism. They never encourage such incidents and were strict on such issues.I saw many students who got detained when they were caught in such unauthorizedpractices. Toconclude, an honor code is needed to create an environment of discipline andloyalty that produces graduates with high ethical values. I feel that honorcode is very important in academics, as it makes each and every student responsiblefor policing each other. This allows transparency and integrity in one’s work.
Ihad a complete change of attitude and will not encourage plagiarism and stronglystand with the honor code of Valparaiso University and abide to the rules. Atthis point, I would like to a quote a famous saying from a roman politicianCicero “Honor is reward of virtue”which means that we receive honor through high moral standards. And I consciously ensure that I follow thehonor code which makes a respectable human being in society.