Editorial Board | The School Senate has damaged undergraduate belief

On April 28, the School Senate authorized modifications to the glory code to permit examination proctoring starting subsequent educational yr. The choice overrode objections from the Undergraduate Senate and would enable proctoring at Stanford for the primary time since 1921.

The Editorial Board stands in opposition to dishonest, and we wish to acknowledge that Stanford does face a major drawback with dishonest among the many undergraduate inhabitants. We aren’t going to debate over whether or not proctoring is the answer; we would want extra knowledge to succeed in that conclusion. Subsequently we assist the unique Tutorial Integrity Working Group examine proposed by the Committee of 12 (C12) that may examine whether or not proctoring results in extra constructive outcomes than hurt.

Nevertheless, we’re very involved that by bypassing the Undergraduate Senate’s vote, the School Senate is signaling that it now not believes the scholar physique deserves a voice on this choice, ending 102 years of precedent of shared governance over the Honor Code.

We agree with ASSU Government President Darryl Thompson that the movement reveals a “lack of fine religion” between school and college students. Some school might really feel that college students broke this belief first by breaking the glory code. Even so, the actions of some college students shouldn’t be an excuse for the School Senate to not have interaction with undergraduate college students in any way earlier than overriding the C12’s course of for revisions to the Honor Code, which all stakeholders had agreed to.

Each the Undergraduate Senate and the School Senate have a number of conferences left earlier than the tip of the educational yr, which means that there’s nonetheless loads of time to have interaction in dialog. The forcing of this movement is due to this fact a disrespectful and manipulative try and drive the Undergraduate Senate to undertake the C12’s Honor Code proposals, which the UGS almost unanimously opposed.

Tutorial dishonesty is a deeply-rooted drawback that can not be solved by surface-level revisions. School in assist of the movement to override acknowledge this, but argue that proctoring is a needed begin. With out proof that proctoring essentially reduces dishonest, or that timed in-person exams are the place the vast majority of dishonest occurs, we don’t consider the necessity to proctor outweighs the necessity to incorporate pupil voices into the choice. The School Senate should deeply rethink this troubling break from over a century of shared belief.

Furthermore, the very act of invoking what VPUE Sarah Church referred to as the “nuclear possibility” degrades belief between college students and college. The vetoing of a democratic choice made by the scholar physique, albeit throughout the powers of the school senate, is paternalistic and units a harmful precedent for additional intolerant decision-making.

We strongly urge the School Senate to rethink their movement to override, which has disenfranchised undergraduates. The problem of educational integrity can solely be successfully addressed cohesively, and we hope that every one events will return to the desk to search out evidence-based, democratic options.

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