Jim Huff 
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Re: “Cracks in the code

In the past there was no probationary period offered. Cadets were immediately dis-enrolled based off of suspicion alone. Offering a probationary outcome to those who do violate the code most definitely creates moral hazard. So can you change a system so that people "become" more honorable? Probably not but you can make the punishment stronger so that people on the fence might think harder before committing to something.

Also you can certainly say that raising the drinking age from 18 to 21 in 1986 created a huge influx of honor incidents. The punishment for drinking underage is essentially the same as an honor violation (6 months probation or dis-enrollment). The question then is, what is their incentive to be honorable other than that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you're a nice person? It's an institutional problem, not a characteristic one.

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Posted by Jim Huff on 04/12/2012 at 11:36 PM

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