A Princeton University student has written an opinion article claiming the school's Honor Code unfairly impacts minority students and is similar to the US criminal justice system. The Honor Code outlines standards for student conduct, including the prohibition of plagiarizing and cheating. If students violate the code, they may face consequences ranging from reprimand to expulsion, and may not be eligible for university financial aid for a semester.
The student argues that the process of a hearing and potential appeal mirrors the criminal justice system and can lead to a permanent stain on a student's record. The student calls for the dismantling of the Honor Code system for a more equitable society. Princeton University has not yet responded to the article.