Mary Baldwin Community to Discuss Honor and Ethics

January 24, 2001

Mary Baldwin University students will have a day off from classes Wednesday, January 31, to discuss the issue of honor and ethics during their annual Ethos, Codes, and Community Day.

The day will consist of students gathering for two separate forums on the issues of their honor code and judicial code. During these forums students will be updated on some of the possible changes to these codes. A mediator will then facilitate discussion about the proposed changes. They will then be sent to President Cynthia H. Tyson for review.

Part of an ongoing process at Mary Baldwin University is to make sure that our much-cherished tradition of honor and conduct codes remain meaningful and relevant in our fast changing world. Concepts of honor – telling the truth, taking responsibility for one’s actions, doing one’s own academic work, respecting the property of others – these values do not change. But the way in which these values are encouraged and enforced must change with the times.

Mary Baldwin University’s Honor code dates back to the founding of the College. It is now one of the few schools in Virginia that has a student-run honor system.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women–the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership–as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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