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OPINION: Honor and the Rush to Decision

Constitutions bind. They are documents of permanency and rigidity that set forth the basic natures of societies and of organizations for all time. They are not to be considered mere playthings to be shaped by the ephemeral whims of temporary sentiments. Unfortunately, this is the error into which the current honor referenda fall. They deny the ability of an informed committee to fully consider the policy options which they may assess as the most pressing to the students. They eschew a period…

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Evan Berhle’s 2013 Honor Speech: A Lesson

Transcribed below is a speech from Evan Berhle, a previous Chair of the Honor Committee, to the Class of 2017 at the University of Virginia. Evan gave a passionate defense of the Honor system, and in retrospect, offers some insights to the Single Sanction dilemma facing the University today. The speech is his own–but the lessons are yours to choose. — Good evening. My name is Evan Behrle, and I am the Chair of the University’s Honor Committee. Tradition dictates that before…

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College Republicans Endorse Student Candidates

As the candidates for the UVa’s upcoming student body elections gear up for their campaigning, at least one student organization has determined which candidates they are endorsing: the College Republicans at the University of Virginia (CRs). As an officially-sanctioned “endorsing organization” by the University Board of Elections (UBE), College Republicans are given the “opportunity to voice their approval for candidates in a public manner” in exchange for adhering to certain standards that “ensure equal opportunity for all candidates,” according to the UBE….

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OPINION: The Inconvenient History of Honor

It’s been a little over a week since my article “The Moral Failures of the Honor Referenda,” was published in The Cavalier Daily. In that case, my argument against the measures of the Campaign for Self-Governance was based on a series of moral principles. Today, I would like to analyze the referenda from another angle – that of the inconvenient history which contradicts the Campaign’s central claims. First, we ought to question the historical basis that Mr. Robertson and Mr. Park have used…

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OPINION: The Campaign for Self-Governance

Honor at Virginia has never been about the single sanction. From its beginnings, it has consisted instead in a fundamental commitment to an ideal of self-government, namely, that the honor system embodies the living values of those who are held to its standards. It is this ideal alone that justifies the pronounced presence of Honor at this University; not its rhetoric, not its practices. What one finds written into the constitution of our honor system is the expression of Virginia tradition, and…

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“The Campaign for Self-Governance” and Single Sanction: An Introduction

Get ready to rumble, ladies and gents. The University elections for various school council and committee positions will be held from February 20 to February 26. During this time, students will also vote on three referenda sponsored by “The Campaign for Self-Governance” that are related to the constitution of the Honor Committee. (See the referenda here: http://www.honor2015.com/the-referenda.html.) The first referendum “suggests a binding amendment to the Honor Committee Constitution” to “require the honor committee to convene a bi-annual popular assembly open to…

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Honor Reform: Necessary Changes or Compromising Principles?

That is the question that University students will have to answer when they vote on the Honor Committee’s “Campaign for Honor: Restore the Ideal” proposal. The measure would replace student jurors with elected Honor representatives and give students under Honor investigations the ability to plead guilty and face a one-year suspension. While this conscientious retraction may be a worthwhile reform that preserves the important pillars of the Honor System, the elimination of student jurors undermines fundamental principles. As Associate Dean of Students…

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