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What the Executive Committee doesn’t do

Mac Trammell
April 4, 2016
Filed under News, The Honor System

As the body charged with upholding Washington and Lee’s Honor System, the Executive Committee is seen by many as the judiciary body of W&L. Members of the EC decide the fate of students accused of everything from stealing a pen in the university store to cheating on a final exam. But there are...

What the Executive Committee doesn’t do: The Phi weighs in

What the Executive Committee doesn’t do: The Phi weighs in

The Ring-tum Phi Staff
April 4, 2016
Filed under Opinion, The Honor System

In this week’s “Questioning Honor” article, What the Executive Committee doesn’t do, The Ring-Tum Phi explores the roles and responsibilities of Washington and Lee’s three judiciary bodies: the EC, the SJC, and the SFHB. We all like to think we know the differences between these organizations....

Confidentiality: A double-edged sword, The Phi weighs in

Confidentiality: A double-edged sword, The Phi weighs in

The Ring-tum Phi Staff
March 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion, The Honor System

This week’s article on the Honor System, entitled “The Secret System,” reveals just how central confidentiality is to our community. In many ways, it is the glue of the Honor System. According to many, this confidentiality is what makes our system so durable and so effective. The kind of confidentiality...

The Secret System: How the Honor System operates on confidentiality

The Secret System: How the Honor System operates on  confidentiality

Kinsey Grant
March 28, 2016
Filed under News, The Honor System

The Washington and Lee student body selected last week its new Executive Committee officers. Students know these young men and women as classmates, peers and people they pass on the colonnade. But the information to which these newly elected members will be privileged is likely to never be known by the...

The Hearing Advisor Program:The Phi weighs in

the Ring-tum Phi Staff
March 22, 2016
Filed under Opinion, The Honor System

To many first-years at Washington and Lee, orientation week is one of the most memorable experiences here in Lexington. It’s the chance to go to your first college party, likely meet your future best friends and choose classes geared towards your college major. It’s your first true experience of...

The Hearing Advisor Program:Who are the hearing advisors and what are their roles?

The Hearing Advisor Program:Who are the hearing advisors  and what are their roles?

Leslie Yevak
March 22, 2016
Filed under News, The Honor System

For students, finding out they’ve been accused of an honor violation might be as terrifying as learning that they’re facing criminal charges. To ensure no one goes through the process alone, Washington and Lee Hearing Advisors, formerly called Honor Advocates, work as a supportive force for the accused...

The investigation process: the Phi weighs in

Ring-tum Phi Staff
March 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion, The Honor System

In reading this week’s article, ‘The investigation process: An honor violation accusation,’ on the Executive Committee’s investigative process, most students will be struck by the amount of sheer discretionary power wielded by the president of the Executive Committee in regards to this most essential...

The investigation process: An honor violation accusation

Jordan Cohen
March 17, 2016
Filed under News, The Honor System

When a member of the Washington and Lee community suspects an honor violation, they are encouraged -- but not required -- by the White Book to report the action in question to the president of the Executive Committee. In most cases, this is how a suspected honor violation ends up in front of Mason Grist. Grist,...

Questioning Honor

Questioning Honor

March 7, 2016
Filed under The Honor System

Over the course of five issues, the Phi will cover the beloved Honor System that is synonymous with Washington and Lee. While the Honor System has given most students a feeling of safety and trust on campus dating back to Robert E. Lee’s presidency, no system is perfect. Its ideals—honor, civility, and ...

A system vs. a code: the Phi weighs in

The Ring-tum Phi Staff
March 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion, The Honor System

Correction: As of Mar. 1, there have been seven closed hearings this academic year, not 14 as printed in the original story in issue 16, published Mar. 7.   Ask any Washington and Lee student, and they’ll vividly recall the hushed silence that fell over Lee Chapel during their first-year o...

A look at the Honor System: what is it and who is it for?

Kelly Swanson
March 7, 2016
Filed under News, The Honor System

Correction: As of Mar. 1, there have been seven closed hearings this academic year, not 14 as printed in the original story in issue 16, published Mar. 7.   “If you believe that demanding each student to be honest in every situation is too much to ask, then our tradition and our school ...

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