We offer a lighthearted clip from television personality Jimmy Kimmel as a farcical take on a supposed lie detector test. Feel free to share with the boys.
In contrast, the MUS Honor Council takes a very fair and reasonable approach to confronting our students with reported violations of the Honor Code. If a student or teacher witnesses an act, the reporting student or teacher completes a brief description of what they witnessed and when it occurred that in their eyes constituted a violation (lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism).
The witnesses are listed on the report, the evidence (if any) is requested at the time of the report so the Honor Council can review it in advance of the meeting. The accused student will meet in a confidential manner with the faculty sponsor and the elected student members, be confronted with the charge, and be offered an opportunity to speak. He can either admit guilt, or he can deny the charge. Witnesses can be summoned. Ultimately, the Council votes.
Sometimes, there is not enough evidence, and the case is thrown out and it may never occur even though it was reported. Convictions read either "guilty" or "guilty of the appearance" of cheating, for example. An open book on the floor with the accused constantly glancing down, an exposed cell phone, a cheat sheet, or writing answers to a test or quiz at an inappropriate time--these can all be supporting and surrounding circumstances, not to mention an elevated score significantly in excess of the students previous track record.
Overwhelmingly, the accused students experience a rather easy go of it. Whatever happened is usually obvious, and evidence supports it. There is no strong-arming by those in charge (opposed to the above video farce), no leading of the accused toward a confession. The truth comes out.
The MUS Honor System is simply one of the best things about the school, and we fight hard to maintain its integrity in the face of a crazy culture. We believe that every student here clearly knows the difference between right and wrong, and we know that the human heart is often tempted to lie, cheat, and steal, especially if personal circumstances are stressful. However, violators will be confronted with helpful opportunities to change their ways and get right with the standards. Almost all do. Those who refuse counsel and continue to kick against the goads are expelled.