Theterm ‘Honor’ is often used to refer to allude to people with high moral worthor a great accomplishment.
An ‘Honor code’ is a set of ethical rules thatpromotes an academic community based on moral standards to develop a blindtrust among people to ensure their respectable behavior within that community.I hereby take this opportunity to explain the different ways in which weillustrate honor in my home (Indian) culture and how I will reflect the samestandards for as long as I stay and study in Valparaiso as it helps to livewith integrity, trust and transparency and to stay confident without any fear.TheIndian culture is unique in its own way and has its own values and hence it issafe to say that the standards of honor in the Indian culture is very distinct comparedto any other culture. It has become a regular practice in the Indian culturesince long, to demonstrate honor in theaspects of Social hierarchy(evident in caste groups according to their wealthand power), interdependence(on families, clans, religious sentiments) to name afew. However, an academic honor code in India is something that most areunaware of , which is the reason why there are several cases nation-widerelating to cheating in exams and even to the extent of releasing the questionpaper beforehand in exchange for money. It is every individual’s responsibilityto maintain academic integrity but then the education system in India is mainlyat fault for this as it focusses more on the grades rather than the skills tobe learned by a student which has been the case since my childhood.
Hence, Istrongly believe that it is extremely important to live with honor to developcharacteristics like integrity, confidence, honesty, transparency, loyalty andto make a difference especially in students’ lives that encourages them towardsbecoming a responsible member of the community to safeguard their own academicintegrity.Myfirst exposure to a clearly characterized honor code framework is in my firstsemester at Valparaiso University which made me realize that academic integrityis to be given utmost value. I understood pretty soon and changed my attitudetowards understanding a new education system in the US and made sure to followthe honor code or else I risk debasing my Master’s degree that I am currently pursuingwhich also brings disgrace to my University. I will ensure to take theassignments and exams honestly and not be part of any plagiarism practicethroughout the course of my degree which is morally and ethically wrong. Also,I will develop myself to be self-dependent, self-reliant, individual oriented,goal oriented and have a great regard to time and its value which I am sure Ican achieve by demonstrating honor in my studies and stay at ValparaisoUniversity, something that we were not really exposed to back in my homeculture. Toconclude, I believe that it is extremely important to implement honor code inacademics which will act as a stepping stone to nurture one’s personal life.
Toencourage honor code into a campus culture it is essential to foster anenvironment of trust in classroom, to help focus more on learning than ongrades alone, ensure students abide by the honor code policies and byencouraging the development of good character. And finally, to emphasis onpersonal responsibility for demonstrating honor, in the words of Leonardo da Vinci:”He who sows virtue reaps honor”.