Remove Mary Siegel from Honor
This is not an attack on Mary Siegel; rather, it is designed for students to express their disapproval for her actions to file charges against fourth-year student, Jason Smith. For the following reasons, Siegel should be removed from the honor committee: 1. Conflict of interest: Her role as a facilitator means she has authority over students' grades. However, she is also a student and Vice chair of investigations for Honor. This makes it more likely for her forward her agenda to charge Smith from the beginning. Only faculty should be responsible for bringing up honor charges in this instance. As both Siegel and Smith are students, this alone is enough to highlight a conflict of interest. 2. Triviality: This is a one-credit pass/fail course. Smith, who is about to graduate in a month, did not turn in his assignment on time: What should be done is to penalize and perhaps give him a failing grade. Expelling a student who is about to graduate due to his late assignment is a trivial matter and should be dismissed 3. Jury selection: As was mentioned before, the conflict of interest creates an agenda that is more likely to pass. Siegel played a role in selecting students that would be on the jury panel. As she was intent on pressing honor charges against Smith and because she already found him guilty in her own right, there is no evidence that she would pick a jury of students who are unbiased. In addition, there is also credible source that Mary Siegel had cheated during her time here. The person intends to press charges against her and it would be interesting to see how the administration and honor committee would react to her case. Ultimately, Smith's case indicates the mockery of the honor committee, and that the administration must step in to avoid conflict of interest. Therefore, the administration and honor committee must remove irresponsible individuals such as Mary Siegel. Please sign this petition if you feel that Mary Siegel should be removed from the honor committee.