Hello all. This has been on my mind for awhile. At my university, it is a student’s responsibility to report anyone who violates the honor system (such violations include cheating and plagiarism). It is a pledge that all the students at my university must agree to.
I have been a witness to some of these things, but I never reported any of them. Mainly, it is because I fear peer pressure and being ostracized by my fellow students. Also, (these are justifications made after the fact) I am not sure if “responsibility” translates to “obligation” or, if by reporting them, I am committing the sin of detraction. Not to mention, I do not personally associate with these people so, unless I get their names and student id numbers or something, I would have to go on my own investigation of their identities just to report them.
However, that is why I would like to ask the people of this forum to provide me some guidance on this issue in hopes that I may be sure of what is good and strengthen my resolve to do the right thing. I thank you all in advance for your help.