Honor is an antiquated slaveholders concept anyway. The University of Virginia’s student Honor Committee has voted to alter the honor code to eliminate the single sanction against lying, cheating and stealing from expulsion to a two-semester suspension. Before the change can be adopted, it must be approved by a vote of the student body. Third-year law student Christopher Benos proposed the plan. “This is a system that maintains the integrity of the Honor system, while offering the multi-sanction system that prioritizes rehabilitation, recommitment and Honor education.” The Cavalier Daily student newspaper describes the debate here. Prediction: If this proposal is enacted, few students actually will be “rehabilitated,” and lying, cheating and stealing will get worse. The “community of trust” is eroding as it is, even without the change. Sign of the times: Rocking chairs outside rooms on the Lawn have to be chained down.

Refund the police. Arlington County, which competes with the City of Charlottesville for being the most “woke” locality in Virginia, is hemorrhaging police officers, and City Manager Mark Schwartz proposes setting aside $3 million in the 2023 budget for retention and recruitment. So far this calendar year, 46 officers have announced their intention to leave the force, either resigning or retiring. “Please don’t leave, we need you,” Schwartz said, according to WTOP News. Describing the situation as “critical,” Schwartz said many police officers are leaving for better-paying positions in the private sector, including Amazon’s new Northern Virginia headquarters.

The best of a bad crowd. The College of William & Mary scored 10th in the latest Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) / RealClearEducation college free speech ranking. Among the 159 colleges surveyed, George Mason University snagged 12th place, and the University of Virginia came in 22nd. Virginia Tech dragged up the rear among Virginia institutions with a 107th-place score. The findings were based upon a survey of 37,000 undergraduate students. Students were queried about their comfort discussing controversial topics, tolerance for liberal and conservative speakers, and tolerance for conservative speakers, and administrative support for free expression. I don’t know enough to comment about W&M or GMU, but if UVa ranked 22nd freest in the survey, U.S. higher-ed has a real problem. Many students, faculty and staff do not feel free to express conservative ideas.

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16 responses to “Bacon Bits: The Fraying Social Fabric Edition”

  1. James Kiser Avatar
    James Kiser

    Yes we do have a real problem

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      But, I assure you that you cannot know what it is.

      1. Donald Smith Avatar
        Donald Smith

        Can you explain what “it” is? I’m not so sure.

  2. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Can it be applied retroactively? Are false alarms covered under lying?

    1. Donald Smith Avatar
      Donald Smith

      Care to explain what you mean?

  3. dick dyas Avatar

    The Honor Code referendum at UVa should not be about amending the code sanctions, it should be about abolishing the code entirely or not.
    ( This is a different student body.)

    1. Why have college anyway.. we have Google Search.

      1. Nicely done!

        1. that’s not original… one of my students voiced that one class!

          1. Please pass along my compliment to him/her.

  4. Rob Austin Avatar

    Ryan and Magill are dancing in delight.

  5. Kathleen Smith Avatar
    Kathleen Smith

    As a W&M grad, I found that as a liberal for most ideals, I was clearly out numbered. Students in the School of Education were a pretty conservative group. I did feel that my opinions were respected. However, most of my peers were my age and we were taught to respect opinions even if we didn’t agree. So maybe it isn’t the campus rules that are the problem, but the students that are enrolled. Many young people, at least I find, are not willing to listen to another point of view.

    I remember going to Asheville NC during the Bush administration’s first onslaught of troops to the Middle East after 911. There were protesters in a city courtyard at about dusk. I asked my daughter to stop and let her know I wanted to join them. She was shocked. She was absolutely ashamed of her crazy mother. She kept driving. She said they carried away the protesters at dusk. Darn! Another missed opportunity to express myself!

  6. vicnicholls Avatar

    Jim Bacon – where does ODU and a few of the other 2nd tiers make out at?

  7. Donald Smith Avatar
    Donald Smith

    “Virginia Tech dragged up the rear among Virginia institutions with a 107th-place score.”

    Wow. VERY bad news. This is supposed to be the least woke of Virginia’s major universities.

    1. Eric the half a troll Avatar
      Eric the half a troll

      You assume it is Conservatives who are shut down at VT. Compare the W&M score with the VT score. In most categories they are fairly equal or VT scored better. Tolerance for Liberal speakers is where VT fell behind. Alas… those woke Conservatives…



  8. Carson Martin Avatar
    Carson Martin

    Jim, I highly recommend you do a little reading into punishment theory before assuming the position of Hobbes that in the absence of state threat, humanity will descend into a bestial “state of nature”. https://law.jrank.org/pages/9576/Punishment-THEORIES-PUNISHMENT.html

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