The vote was 2-to-1 against an overhaul of U.Va.’s single sanction honor system.
The proposal had needed at least 60 percent of the student body voting in its favor to pass, but 70 percent of students who voted on the referendum voted against it, The Daily Progress reports.
Currently, students found to be in violation of the honor code are tried before a jury of eight to 12 students, and, if found guilty, are expelled from the university. The system, however, did not impose lesser sanctions for violations not warranting expulsion. Students who committed more “trivial” offenses often went unpunished.
Opponents called for a multi-sanction system allowing for students found guilty of minor honor code violations to face sanctioning of some kind, such as suspension.
By Sarah Rodriguez