Why Not Cheat on a Test

Charde Lewis

Honor Principle #2

          Me being a new student here at Wilson College for almost an entire semester, I honestly can say that the Honor Principle work the way I think it should. I can’t speak for anyone else but being actually able to follow it is kind of hard. I have never been to a school before where teachers leave students in the classroom to take tests. To be honest, I don’t think teachers back home would even trust the students in a classroom by themselves taking a test. At Wilson College it is way different. I’m guessing that professors have faith and trust in the students not to cheat on a test until they actually do it and get caught. Even if you cheat and don’t get caught, the Honor Principle basically wants you to confess up to it. If a person is cheating and getting away with it, I doubt if that will ever happen.
    I may put me in some situations that I may not want to be involved in, but going by the code I have to do what is right by any means necessary. If I saw anyone stepping out of line far as the honor system, I have a right to state my opinion whether it was right or wrong and if wrong address it to the faculty. Same goes as if I was to see one of my fellow classmates cheating on a test. Most definitely I would approach the student after the test because I wouldn’t want to disturb the others and then let the professor know what happened. I was told here by a lot of my professors that that if you don’t abide by the code their can be a lot of consequences which I believe there should be. They said if a test is going on and they happen to step out of the room for a second, they should be able to trust the students not to pull out their books or notes and not cheat. The same rules go exactly for a take home test. If the professor gave us a take home test and told us that one half can be open book and the other half had to be closed book they expect you to just do that. If the professors or anyone isn’t there to witness the...