Senate of College Councils holds Integrity UT Week

Aimée Santillán

The Senate of College Councils is holding its annual Integrity UT Week, which runs through Friday, to promote academic integrity inside the classroom and raise awareness of the University’s honor code.

According to Robert Guajardo, biology senior and the Senate’s Academic Integrity Committee co-chair, the main goal of Integrity Week is to make it easier for students to know the honor code and the consequences that come when they break it. He said the week consists of four days of tabling, in which students get the opportunity to receive prizes by reciting the honor code and take a picture with the integrity board, which will later be posted on Facebook.

“This is an eye-opening week because I can see how much change Integrity Week could cause,” Guajardo said. “There is a tremendous amount of change in how many students know the honor code.”

Since the University changed its honor code two years ago, Guajardo said Integrity Week also helps upperclassmen be aware of the new honor code. According to Guajardo, the honor code was changed to be more concise and easier for students to recognize.

“Now that the honor code has been changed, we want students to know it better than they would before,” Guajardo said.

Guajardo said the week also consists of different luncheons in which faculty guest speakers talk about what integrity means to them. According to Guajardo, it also involves an event at the Perry-Castañeda Library, “Integrity: Pass It On,” in which the Senate members pass on blue books that have the honor code on the back. He said they also project the honor code on the exterior of the PCL.

“All of these activities are meant for students to either memorize or learn the honor code,” said Elizabeth Roach, history freshman and Senate at-large member. “We also encourage students to wear our T-shirts on test days, which becomes a subtle reminder of integrity.”

At Thursday’s luncheon, President William Powers Jr. talked about the importance of the honor code to the University.

“This is a great university and there’s a lot of things to be proud of,” Powers said. “We play fair, and we know that rules are for people with integrity, which is something that’s promoted with the honor code.”

According to Guajardo, the Senate gives away 1,000 shirts each year to students who are interested in learning the honor code.    

“Integrity Week brings awareness to the honor code,” said Ryan Shu, business sophomore and Senate of College Councils at-large member. “I have seen that it does make a difference.”

Guajardo also said students get the opportunity to express what integrity means to them.

“To me, integrity means not being afraid to do the right thing,” neuroscience freshman Toyana Niraula said.