Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Honor Committee Records, 1920-1930

Scope and Content Note

The Honor Committee Records document the Honor System at Oregon State College in the 1920s and include records of honor trials as well as correpondence, reports, clippings, and reference materials documenting the development and functioning of the system. A 1923 constitution for the Oregon Agricultural College Honor System is part of the collection. It appears that the records were assembled or created by James H. Batcheller.

The bulk of the collection pertains to specific honor trial cases. The honor trial case records include correspondence, reports, and transcripts for cases 1-65 and 67-81. The memos and minutes for the honor trials consist of extensive handwritten notes for specific cases.

The reports include a speech given by Batcheller to high school students and counselors about academic dishonesty and the honor system at Oregon State; a five-year report on the honor system issued in 1928; and the Report of Committee on System of Grades and Examination prepared in December 1928, which includes a section on the honor system. The reports also include statistical data and tabulations pertaining to honor cases.

The reference file includes a list of publications and references on student self-government; Honor Committee membership lists; and questionnnaires used to evaluate the effectiveness of the honor system.

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