President approves new Honor Code, updating 102-year-old coverage

Adjustments to the Honor Code proposed by the Committee of 12 (C12), together with the implementation of a multi-year research into proctoring, have been handed with the approval of President Marc Tessier-Lavigne throughout a gathering of the Tutorial Council on Thursday. The transfer comes simply days after the Undergraduate Senate revisited its prior votes towards the C12’s proposed modifications, opting to cross the proctoring research proposal in lieu of accepting the School Senate’s earlier precedent-breaking movement to allow full-scale proctoring.

School Senate Chair Kenneth Schultz and College President Marc Tessier-Lavigne additionally shared what the College has achieved previously 12 months. Following these updates, senators participated in a panel on “ChatGPT, Generative AI, and the Way forward for Educating and Studying” to debate the position AI will play in training at Stanford. 

Thursday’s council assembly was held in lieu of the biweekly School Senate assembly to conclude the tutorial 12 months.

Passing proposed Honor Code modifications

Following the Undergraduate Senate’s unanimous vote earlier this week to approve modifications to the Honor Code proposed by the C12 (after twice rejecting the proposals beforehand), the C12’s proposals acquired a ultimate stamp of approval by President Tessier-Lavigne throughout the assembly of the Tutorial Council.

UGS Parliamentarian Ivy Chen ’26 stated that its vote would “kill two birds with one stone” by concurrently restoring the connection between the UGS and the School Senate and by additional together with scholar concern on the method.

The C12 was fashioned to re-evaluate Stanford’s insurance policies on educational integrity. Schultz counseled the C12 for making modifications that he stated will make the Honor Code extra versatile and rehabilitative for college kids.

“For years college, college students, and employees have complained that the method is an excessive amount of like a legal continuing with excessive stakes and enormous burdens to navigate it,” he stated. “The brand new system is designed to be rather more versatile, higher capable of match the results with the severity of the in fraction, and extra centered on serving to the coed who simply made a mistake to get again heading in the right direction.” 

Final month, the School Senate moved to permit examination proctoring in a controversial transfer that bypassed the Undergraduate Senate’s vote towards such a coverage, ending a 102-year precedent of faculty-student collaboration on the problem of educational integrity and self-discipline. 

Tessier-Lavigne’s ultimate approval concludes the work of the C12. Its proposals — together with the Pupil Conduct Constitution of 2023, or up to date Judicial Constitution language authorised by Tessier-Lavigne on Might 7 — additionally required the approval of the Board on Judicial Affairs (BJA), the Undergraduate Senate (UGS), the Graduate Pupil Council (GSC) and the School Senate. The Honor Code is reported to have final been modified earlier than 2000.

“I welcome the choice by the Undergraduate Senate on Tuesday to affix the School Senate, the Graduate Pupil Council and the Board [on] Judicial Affairs in approving the advice by the Committee of 12 to change the textual content and to conduct a multiyear research to look at proctoring,” Tessier-Lavigne stated. “So right here and now, as President, I’m formally including the fifth vote wanted right now to make that official college coverage.”

The C12 proposal contains language that extra explicitly states that educational integrity “is an endeavor of the Stanford educational neighborhood, individually and collectively.” It additionally establishes the Tutorial Integrity Working Group (AIWG), which can fee and implement a multi-year research about “equitable proctoring practices.” The cost, or mandate and pointers, of the AIWG would require the approval of the identical our bodies which have authorised of the C12’s proposals.

Schultz stated he noticed a divide between college students, who weren’t in favor of proctoring, and the school, who have been in favor. This problem raised questions of appearing unilaterally on the Honor Code or emphasizing the custom of cooperation between college and college students. “As I watch the controversy on the ground I can inform that lots of my colleagues have been torn in each instructions by these competing values,” he stated.

Chair Kenneth Schultz’s report 

Schultz additionally mirrored on his time because the chair of the School Senate, in addition to the problems that the Senate has legislated on over the previous educational 12 months.

“A vigorous senate is a wholesome one for college governance, even when it’s not at all times simple for the particular person whose job it’s to verify the conferences finish at 5,” Schultz stated. “I failed at that very often, however I thanks for trusting me in that position.”

Schultz reaffirmed the School Senate’s commitments to fixing the problem of the tutorial 12 months beginning on a Jewish vacation. If unaddressed, the primary day of courses would proceed to fall on a Jewish vacation 4 extra occasions over the approaching decade. This educational 12 months started on Rosh Hashanah, and the upcoming educational 12 months would have fallen on Yom Kippur. 

In November, the School Senate voted to maneuver the primary day of courses from Monday, Sep. 25 to Tuesday, Sep. 26 for the 2023-24 educational 12 months. For a extra everlasting answer, some stakeholders have proposed shortening the tutorial quarter by a day, whereas others have proposed shifting the beginning day by sooner or later and making up for it on the center of the quarter. 

“A definitive reply has escaped us to this point this 12 months however the quest for the best steadiness goes on for now,” Schultz stated.

Schultz additionally spoke on educational freedom, together with college insurance policies and educational speech. The difficulty first arose in December with the Elimination of Dangerous Language Initiative (EHLI), a complete information on options to discriminatory phrases. Among the many information was ideas to make use of “masked research” versus “blind research” and “peculiar particular person” in lieu of “regular particular person.” 

The information was taken down in early January after widespread opposition. The School Senate then created a committee tasked with assessing the College insurance policies that concern educational speech and recommending crucial steps. 

“This isn’t an issue we’re going to have the ability to legislate away,” Schultz stated. “We have to give you revolutionary methods to assist college on navigating discussions on tough matters and strategy college students on delicate and disturbing matters.” 

President Tessier-Lavigne’s report

Tessier-Lavigne began off his report commending college and employees for his or her contributions to permitting the College to navigate a brand new sense of regular post-pandemic, in addition to recognizing varied awards and elections. In response to Tessier-Lavigne, the College invested an extra $100 million in analysis assist over the previous two years. 

For the previous two years, Stanford has been within the “quiet section” of the Lengthy Vary Plan (LRP), which is the plan for the college to reinforce undergraduate and graduate training by way of developments in analysis, accessibility and community-building. Throughout this section, every of the seven colleges generated philanthropic assist that may anchor the remainder of the marketing campaign. Tessier-Lavigne introduced the funding has exceeded the $6.2 billion raised throughout the Stanford Problem, which was a serious fundraising marketing campaign launched in 2006 to offer funds for the need-blind admissions coverage and building. 

“It’s a testomony to the necessary work that you simply, our college, are doing to advance basic discovery, to use data and to teach the following technology of leaders,” he stated. 

Tessier-Lavigne reiterated that, subsequent fall, households with annual incomes of lower than $100,000 can be eligible without spending a dime tuition and room and board, up from the earlier threshold of $75,000. For enrolled college students, he stated that the College is working to enhance college students’ social life, together with loosening constraints inside the neighborhood system, bolstering social life by offering occasion areas and making the method for student-led occasions extra environment friendly. 

The President particularly highlighted developments inside three areas of Stanford: the Doerr College of Sustainability, the Civic, Liberal, and International Training (COLLEGE) program and the Inclusion, Variety, Fairness, and Entry in a Studying Atmosphere (IDEAL) initiative. In Doerr’s first 12 months of operations, the college has funded 30 groups of scientists who’re tackling issues associated to environmental sustainability, established the primary flagship vacation spot and superior varied training initiatives, in response to Tessier-Lavigne. 

COLLEGE, which changed the Pondering Issues (THINK) requirement for undergraduates, has now turn out to be a compulsory two-quarter requirement for first 12 months college students, increasing its lined ideas to numerous interdisciplinary matters. 

“I consider passionately within the subsequent technology for lives of energetic citizenship and to supply [students] the instruments they should interact productively to discover ways to disagree with out being unpleasant,” Tessier-Lavigne stated. 

Beneath the IDEAL initiative, the division of African & African American research (AAAS) is anticipated to launch in January 2024, pending board approval. Ato Quayson, English division chair, will function the brand new division’s inaugural chair. The College can even set up a brand new institute on race, which can be led by Tomás Jiménez, professor of sociology, and Brian Lowrey, professor on the Stanford Graduate of Enterprise. 

Tessier-Lavigne closed his report with recognition for Provost Persis Drell, who can be stepping down after six years within the place.

“I’m grateful for her partnership as we developed the College’s Lengthy Vary Imaginative and prescient along with her assist,” he stated. “I discovered it enormously fulfilling to work so intently collectively.”

ChatGPT panel

Following remarks to the Senate by Schultz and Tessier-Lavigne, senators heard a panel on “ChatGPT, Generative AI, and the Way forward for Educating and Studying” concerning the position AI will play in training at Stanford. The panel beneficial that teachers leverage using AI for studying and embrace the forthcoming modifications that AI will deliver to training. 

The panel was moderated by Daniel Schwartz, Dean of the Graduate College of Training, and featured quite a lot of tenured and non-tenured professors. Ge Wang, affiliate professor of music, spoke concerning the latest phenomenon of teachers feeling obligated to make use of synthetic intelligence, which he stated he seen in his cross-listed music and laptop science course. 

“That may be outlined as not simply the worry of lacking out however the worry of being left behind. It’s the sensation of virtually a way of obligation to include AI into our work, virtually as if that’s the one option to really feel validated,” he stated. 

Wang stated that he sees AI remodeling into extra of a contemporary oracle, the place college students can take their questions and it’ll generate a solution with out displaying how the reply got here to be. However he stated that he additionally sees AI as a software that college students can use to get higher at expertise. 

Distinguishing between the 2 and discovering that means in it, he says, is essential in determining what position AI performs in our society. “It’s extremely necessary to determine how a lot of it must be oracle or like an oracle and the way a lot must be a software that people can wield,” he stated.

Schwartz then launched an sudden visitor: ChatGPT. 

“Is training coming into an existential second with ChatGPT?” he requested. 

President approves new Honor Code, updating 102-year-old policy
Daniel Schwartz requested ChatGPT, “Is training coming into an existential second with ChatGPT?” as a part of a panel on synthetic intelligence at Thursday’s Tutorial Council assembly. (Screenshot: GRACE LEE/The Stanford Every day)

Sarah R. Levine, assistant professor of training, adopted up along with her views on the position of AI within the Okay-12 area. On one hand, Levine stated that top schoolers really feel pissed off not having counter arguments to their work and concepts, whereas academics really feel pissed off on the high quality of labor that college students submit. Levine added that ChatGPT permits college students to have an entity to argue towards and academics to have examples of educational arguments that college students can study from. 

“Changing into extra comfy with AI so you may discover ways to manipulate it’s going to assist youngsters turn out to be the artistic and growth-oriented college students that we hope they’ll be,” Levine stated.

Dora Demszky, assistant professor of training, agreed with Levine on leveraging AI to make the sphere of instructing extra pleasurable, environment friendly and engaging. Extra particularly, with no instructing assistants or extra assist, Demszky stated that academics can use ChatGPT to offer extra reactive suggestions. 

“Typically I give suggestions to my college students at like 11 p.m. and I’m simply so drained,” Demszky stated. “What if AI may draft one thing that’s constructive, that helps the expansion mindset and actually permits you to be simpler and give attention to the issues that require your experience?” 

Victor Lee, assistant professor of training, spoke about how the following technology may be geared up for an AI-centered world. 

“AI is touching every thing,” Lee stated. “Understanding that this isn’t only for the pc scientists — and I’d contend it ought to positively not simply be for under the pc scientists — we want the humanists concerned, social scientists, journalists. We’d like everyone to have the ability to discuss this.” 

With AI being built-in into the very fundamentals of the social material, Schwartz stated, the significance of making new conversations about AI laws turns into particularly necessary within the context of scholar teachers. 

“I feel the factor you govern is just not the expertise, you govern the outcomes you need,” Mehran Sahami, tencent chair of the pc science division stated. “You don’t should have new regulation for the actual sort of expertise, it’s important to have regulation for the sort of values you need the expertise to advertise.”

Sebastian Strawser contributed reporting.

A earlier model of this text incorrectly said the COLLEGE program is a two-year observe. The Every day regrets this error.