A committee at the University of Virginia voted 19-1 to amend the school’s student honor conduct code sanctioning liars, cheaters, and thieves and making it easier for those in violation to stay at the school, according to a Tuesday report.
The informed retraction clause previously allowed students to confess an act of lying, cheating, and stealing and take two semesters of leave from UVA instead of being expelled. The Honor Committee’s change would allow students to file multiple Honor Code infractions under one informed retraction.
“[The change] allows Honor to be a lot more forgiving and rehabilitative for students going through the process, which has always been our goal for this Committee,” said Devin Rossin, chair of the Honor Committee, to The Cavalier Daily. “I’m glad we got it with [nearly] unanimous support, with only one dissenting vote. It’s just a massive expansion to what we currently do.”
Students may submit multiple violations of the Honor Code under one informed retraction — a provision which was passed in 2013 — if the violations are dependent on one another. If the infringements are not dependent on one another and the student has not yet come under suspicion for the acts, he or she can file a conscientious retraction and also remain at UVA. The Honor Committee also voted on two additional changes pertaining to the definition and usage of the conscientious retraction.
The changes are scheduled to go into effect April 1, 2018.
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