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The Meaning of Honor for Honors Students and Programs Dr. Nancy Stanlick UCF Department of Philosophy Burnett Honors College Family Weekend October 20, 2007 Ethical Theories Purpose of Teaching/Taking an Ethics Course Some Major Elements/Theories Utilitarianism Deontology Contract Theory Virtue Ethics The Full Meaning of Honor? High Achievement Promise of Continued Achievement Sufficient for entrance To be worthy of honor An Active Moral Notion Getting and Giving Appearance and Reality Passing and Passing Community Membership Acceptance and Membership Benefits and Obligations What Kind of Community? Personal and intellectual excellence Create, sustain community The UCF Creed Honors College Honor Code What Kind of Person? Academic and Moral Exemplar Burnett Honors College Honor Code As a member of The Burnett Honors College I pledge to uphold the following academic and ethical standards: To strive for the highest levels of performance in all scholarly endeavors and to do so with the enthusiasm that stems from a true love of learning and a devotion to academic excellence To demonstrate self-discipline, commitment, and responsibility in fulfilling my obligations as a member of the academic community To show thoughtfulness, understanding, and empathy toward my peers, and to offer encouragement as they pursue their intellectual goals To be respectful of, and attentive toward those who teach and mentor, while cherishing the ideal that academic excellence is best served where scholarly debate flourishes To honor the traditional rules of conduct that guide the achievements of a scholar including contempt for plagiarism, cheating, falsification, or any activity that threatens academic integrity and honesty. The UCF Creed Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence are the core values that guide our conduct, performance, and decisions. Integrity I will practice and defend academic and personal honesty. Scholarship I will cherish and honor learning as a fundamental purpose of my membership in the UCF community. Community I will promote an open and supportive campus environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual. Creativity I will use my talents to enrich the human experience. Excellence I will strive toward the highest standards of performance in any endeavor I undertake. What IS the Honor Code? Is it a list of external, imposed rules with attendant punishments for infractions? OR Is it a way of academic, personal, and professional life? How do these possibilities relate to theoretical views of academic integrity? “Honor” Expanded Two Meanings An Example: Descriptive – high status Prescriptive – moral approval Citizen and Visitor Citizen Voter Aristotle and the Severed Hand Homonomous meaning Personal and Civic Friendship in Community Aristotle on Friendship A Limitation of this View Hundreds of People, Anonymity Overcoming the Limitation Utility, Pleasure, Virtue Part of a Community A common Purpose, Goal Shared Characteristics To BE a Member of the Community Concluding Thoughts The honors student is not honored or “honorable” simply for academic attainment. Honor, more completely understood, is granted by others, and warranted within oneself, as recognition of a way of living or being that maintains one’s status as a member of an honors community. Conclusion Continued Honors colleges and their students are uniquely capable of creating and maintaining academic communities of honor and integrity because they are persons of personal and academic excellence. Conclusion Continued A community of honor is constituted by people who understand their relationships with each other to be exemplifications of Aristotelian virtue and civil friendship. To be an honors student is more than a description. An honors student is a moral exemplar in the academic community. References Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books IIII, VIII-IX. Nancy A. Stanlick, “Creating an Honors Community: A Virtue Ethics Approach,” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Spring/Summer 2006 (7, 1): 75-92.