New Engineering Students Pledge To “Honor the Code”
Nearly 550 freshman engineering students participated in the inaugural “Honor the Code” induction event held Aug. 22, as part of Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond (NRB) week. The induction was the culmination of months of work by the Academic Integrity Committee chaired by Linda Schadler, associate dean in the School of Engineering. The committee set out to develop clear and concise messaging, reflecting the School of Engineering’s academic expectation to have the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
During the induction, groups of freshman engineering students cycled through several different activities. They attended the Code of Academic Integrity and Professional Ethics Induction Ceremony designed and presented by the Engineering Ambassadors and Student Advisory Council in the School of Engineering.
The students also toured the newly established Student Service Hub, established as a place for students to get answers to their academic services questions.
In the Ansell Lounge in the Jonsson Engineering Center, the students signed the Honor the Code banner and received an Honor the Code button. The signed banner will be displayed in the Ansell Lounge throughout the year. The event culminated with an ice cream social.
According to Elizabeth Herkenham, outreach director in the School of Engineering, “Incoming freshmen appreciated the intent of the program and enjoyed connecting with their classmates during the ice cream social. Core Engineering plans to make this an annual event within the NRB program for all incoming freshmen in the years to come.”