Honor Representative Riener ’21 on Fall Term

As Fall Term comes to a close, Student Council’s (StuCo) Honor and Discipline Representative Sunjay Riener ’21 reflected on his progress in the 2020-2021 school year.

As Fall Term comes to a close, Student Council’s (StuCo) Honor and Discipline Representative Sunjay Riener ’21 reflected on his progress in the 2020-2021 school year. His main goals for the year include introducing Honor Representatives to the Circle and Crescent Houses and methods to support students who have received disciplinary infractions.

Reflecting on the fall term, Riener said, “My larger goal [has been] to provide more support for the student body, especially in these unforeseen times, in dealing with the disciplinary system.”

While the nature of recent disciplinary cases has been different from past years, Riener stated that his initiatives “aren’t really looking to change the honor system at school and the disciplinary responses that many students face.” Instead, his platform is designed “to help support the students when they go through the process or before they even get into the process,” which he believes is “more realistic to accomplish, [and] a better way to improve the well-being of our community.”

Recently, Riener has formalized concrete plans on introducing the role of Honor Representatives to each Circle and Crescent House.

“Dean Eldridge spoke to Heads of Houses this past week, and we’ll hopefully have House Honor Representatives elected before this coming break…Students will be in their positions within the first two weeks of Winter Term,” he commented. By introducing this new position, Riener believes that this “personalized form of support” will allow students to discuss honor with a more “accessible, established student” within a more comfortable setting.

As he looks forward to continuing his goals this remote Winter Term, Riener still has high hopes that students will continue to stay true to the Honor Code, even through virtual learning.

“I think that it’ll be an interesting challenge. The sad truth that we all have to acknowledge is that the School won’t know a lot about what will happen and how students will conduct themselves. But I’d say that most of the students here are going to be doing the right thing the vast majority of the time. How this translates into the disciplinary world, I don’t really know yet, but [I believe that Lawrentians will continue to] act in an honorable way,” he said.

A more long term goal Riener has is the implementation of an optional break for students under disciplinary review. 
“Going through a DC is a very stressful time for a student, so I think that reducing mandatory activities might help the student deal with the situation a little better.”

For now, Riener asks for the student body to “stay strong” during the last two weeks of Fall Term.

“I really think we’ll get through it. We’ve already done so well staying on campus this fall. We all need to continue following these restrictions, but I think we should also be proud of what we’ve accomplished so far during these difficult times,” he said.

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