UJC, Honor plan for new semester
Hine announces new interview process to increase diversity
The Honor Committee and the University Judiciary Committee met Sunday to discuss the coming semester and review outreach and recruitment initiatives.
Honor Chair Nicholas Hine, a fourth-year College student, spoke about upcoming changes in the Honor Committee interview process, saying the group hopes to include non-members when interviewing candidates this year.
“It’s going to help us recruit a more diverse group of support officers,” Hine said. “We are suffering from a diversity issue, not just racial diversity but diversity of opinion and experience.”
Hine emphasized that Honor belongs to the University community, not any subset group.
Third-year College student Martese Johnson, the vice chair for community relations, discussed a potential “Honor is Everywhere” campaign, which would seek to highlight non-traditional, honorable acts occurring in the University community. The committee is also looking to update their bylaws and faculty advising booklets, which haven’t seen changes for years.
Both Honor and UJC have reached out to first-year students in particular as the University begins a new year. The two groups are hoping to generate understanding among new students about what the committees do and to generate interest for new membership.
Fourth-year Nursing student Caroline Eckert, UJC Vice Chair for first years, said joint dorm talks by Honor and UJC members were held in all first-year areas in the past week, in which the bodies discussed the different ways they each functioned and in what ways they were available to students.
UJC Chair Timothy Kimble, a fourth-year College student, had the opportunity to speak to first years before Dean of Students Allen Groves’ address regarding sexual assault.
“Although [sexual assault is] not something we deal with explicitly, it is in the standards of conduct and UJC has been mentioned in some of these discussions,” Kimble said. “I really want to play a more active role.”
Both Honor and UJC have trials already set for this semester — UJC has 14 cases currently pending, and Honor has 11. Honor has trials planned for Sept. 14, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and one tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21.
The Honor Committee will launch mandatory student training for first years at the end of September. The training will educate first years about Honor at the University, and if students do not complete the process they will lose access to their University email addresses.