Honor Board Accord: Fair or Foul?

Look for this month's case study in the Student Life Newsletter and the Stute!


Read the fake case presented to the honor board and determine whether a violation has occurred and what penalties should be assigned.  Please support your reasoning.  Visit stevens.edu/honor for the Honor System Bylaws and Penalty Matrix.  Drop your answers in Stevens mailbox S-1432 or email them to honor@stevens.edu by the end of the month.  The top response will receive a $50 Visa gift card!      

 These are the winning responses from previous Honor Board Accords:

January 2014 Case Study:

"The Honor Board is considering changing our bylaws on jury selection, please respond to the following prompt to let the Honor Board know your suggestions. As time goes on the culture of each generation changes slightly, new technology is introduced and cultural views change. It has come to the attention of the Honor Board that the current jury selection and jury call process is not as effective as it could be. Stevens is one of the only schools with an all randomly selected jury of students, a true "jury of your peers." Looking at previous Stevens jury selection processes and/or jury representation at other universities, what would you advise as the best jury composition? Would having faculty or staff involved in this process be beneficial? Should we consider having professional jurors -- students who have had extensive education in the Honor System and are the only ones who may be selected as jurors? What constitutes an efficient jury?"

Winning Response: 

Chris Chiu

Honorable Mention: 

Devin Mattheson


January 2013 Case Study:

"A seating chart is passed around for the Circuits final. After being signed by every student, it is picked up by the TA. The TA notices faint penciling of all the True/False answers in the corner of the paper. After investigating, there are no leads on the person who wrote the answers on the seating chart, but one student comes forward confessing to copying them. Should any students be found guilty of an Honor System violation? If yes, what penalty should be assigned?"

Winning Response: 

Teddy Poppe

February 2012 Case Study:

A girl whispered to her boyfriend during a chemistry exam asking if she could borrow his calculator when he was done with it after supposedly forgetting hers in the room.  The boyfriend turned in his test and then handed off his calculator.  However, the calculator still displayed all the answers to the exam, answers the girl found worthy of copying.  His story is that it was “an accident” and he forgot to clear his work before running off to his next class.  Should any students be found guilty of an Honor System violation?  If yes, what penalty should be assigned?"

Winning Response: 

Miles Curiotto


January 2012 Case Study:

While waiting for the TA to come around during an Engineering Design II class, a student knowledgeable in the course offers to help a group having difficulty.  After realizing the other group’s mistakes for their robot, the helpful student begins reassembling the robot and its components, using power tools in the process.  Twenty minutes later, the TA finally comes over and complains that this individual is not with his assigned group.  All involved parties are reported to the professor and the Honor Board.  Should any students be found guilty of an Honor System violation?  If yes, what penalty should be assigned?"

Winning Response: 

Tyler Romeo


November 2011 Case Study:

"The professor of a programming lecture takes attendance each class, however, students' grades are not penalized for absences. Rather, the professor uses good attendance as one criterion for bumping up a student's final grade. It is discovered that someone in this class was signing in his friend for half of the lectures. Should either student be found guilty of an Honor System violation? If yes, what penalty should be assigned?"

Winning Response: 

Steven Tufaro