Building an ethical Stanford community subject of judicial forum

Members of the Board of Judicial Affairs are inviting the university community to share their thoughts on building an ethical university community and whether the Honor Code is working at a forum Jan. 31.

Members of the Stanford community concerned about building an ethical Stanford community are invited to attend an open forum sponsored by the Board of Judicial Affairs (BJA) on Friday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Old Union Ballroom.

The open forum will be followed by a reception from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

The BJA is a 15-person university standing committee comprising faculty, staff and students. Committee members are charged with overseeing policy-related issues in judicial affairs, including adopting or modifying bylaws specifying policies and procedures, adopting and/or modifying the Student Conduct Penalty Code and proposing amendments to the Student Judicial Charter of 1997. In accordance with the charter, the BJA holds an open forum once a year to seek community comment.

During the Jan. 31 open forum, BJA members hope specifically to discuss building an ethical Stanford community, the responsibilities of community members and whether or not the Honor Code is working.

The Honor Code, written by students in 1921, sets forth expectations of students and faculty in establishing and maintaining the highest standards in academic work. Violations of the Honor Code include representing another's work as your own, copying from another's examination paper or plagiarism.         

The BJA is chaired by Ross Shachter, associate professor of management science and engineering, and Miles Seiver, a senior computer science major. Student members of the BJA are appointed by the Undergraduate Senate and the Graduate Student Council of the Associated Students of Stanford University, while faculty members are appointed by the Senate of the Academic Council. Staff members are appointed by the provost.

For more information about the BJA, visit the website.