Accession Number : ADP001333

Title :   The Honor Code: The Optimum Criterion of Honor?

Corporate Author : EDGEWOOD ARSENAL ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Hosmer,Clark L.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : The Honor System at West Point is renowned as the most important single influence on the lives of graduates. A cadet must be honest and, harder yet, not tolerate his friend's dishonesty. Despite the difficulties of rectitude plus being his brother's keeper, only a few cadets violate the system in most years. A major problem is failure of the non-toleration policy associated with outbreaks of group cheating - six outbreaks in thirty years. Four programs to improve implementation of the non-toleration policy are offered. If future evidence shows continued failure of the non-toleration policy, an alternative criterion is offered for consideration.

Descriptors :   *Cadets, *Attitudes(Psychology), Standards, United States Military Academy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE