Judge Dismisses Honor Suit

A U.S. District Judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the University of Virginia by two former UVa students accused of honors violations. The students were one of many accused of cheating on an assignment for professor Louis Bloomfield’s class last year. The two students, known only as John and Jane Doe, graduated a year prior to the accusations, and believe that they should be immune, given that they are no longer students. If found guilty, they would be retroactively expelled. Said the judge, “[the students’] reading of the bylaws would lead to a loophole where, for example, fourth-year students in their final semesters would never be accountable for honor code violations in that semester unless the charges were somehow initiated in the short period before graduation.” Eric Swensen has the story in today’s Progress.

2 Responses to “Judge Dismisses Honor Suit”

  • I may be missing something, but I am shocked whenever this argument gets raised.

    Your behavior the entire time you are a U-Va. student is covered by the honor code (minus exceptions like far from U-Va., not acting as a U-Va. student, etc.).

    Any incidents no older than two years may be brought as charges, whether or not you are currently a student.

    A degree earned over a later honor offense may be revoked.

    Ergo, it don’t matter if you are no longer students.

  • They cheated. They were caught. How many other times did they cheat?

    You can’t accidently cheat. The decision was made by them with full knowledge of the potential consequences. They did it anyway.

    Goodby, degree.

    The service sector will welcome these folks into the wonderful world of fast food.

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