Honor aims for more involvement
Committee announces new Engagement Campaign Task Force subcommittee to aid education efforts
The Honor Committee yesterday evening announced the creation of the Engagement Campaign Task Force, a new subcommittee which aims to unify and engage the community with the Committee. At the Committee's inaugural meeting, members also announced the Committee would maintain two subcommittees - the Policies and Procedures Committee and the Technology Committee.
Committee Chair Stephen Nash, a third-year College student, said the Committee spearheaded the new task force at a "goal-setting meeting" Wednesday in response to the Committee's "unified desire to engage the community in a very serious way ... in a way we haven't seen in recent years."
Nash said the task force aims to consolidate the visions and engagement efforts of each school represented by the Committee to provide a "unifying message and goal." He said he hoped the new subcommittee would be "tremendously effective in centralizing and coordinating all efforts under the umbrella of the Honor Committee."
Mary Kidd, vice chair for education and third-year College student, said the task force aims to engage students by working with residence life to plan mock trials for first-year dormitories.
Nash said the members of the engagement force plan to organize consistent, frequent events, such as an "honor beyond Grounds" campaign, which would bring alumni to the University to speak about the "relevance of honor as a practical concept."
College Rep. Justin Pierce said he thought the task force would be a "good way to keep ideas flowing and keep ideas generating." He said it would be a "really great way to build on [engagement] in future years."
Six to nine Committee members, to be announced next Sunday, will comprise the subcommittee. Nash said three to five rotating community members will assist the members by providing external advice. He said he envisioned the community members would come from a "diverse set of viewpoints," adding that varsity sport captains, CIO presidents and residence life chairs would make good candidates.
"It symbolizes [the] spirit of trying to talk with the community instead of at the community," Nash said.
The Committee also decided to preserve the two ad hoc subcommittees, the Policies and Procedures and Technology Committees, which were put in place during the last Committee's term.
Pierce, co-chair of the Policies and Procedures Committee, said the subcommittee works to encourage members to create changes to the Committee's policies and procedures in a group setting.
He said individuals introduced legislation last term - the informed retraction - independent of the Policies and Procedures Committee, but added, "Without a committee, we see fewer people involved in brainstorming ideas, making it seem like more of an individual effort than a group process."
Vice Chair for Community Relations Anne Russell Gregory said the Technology Committee plans to work on the new online case reporting and online case processing system which will be implemented in the fall.