We do not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.
Furthermore, we resolve to respectfully inform others with all scientific caution and clarity.
This Small t Academy Honor Code is heavily influenced by my experience at the Air Force Academy Summer Camp. I remember seeing their Cadet Code and wanting to be a part of something that noble.
I remember noticing how no one at the camp was worried about their stuff being stolen. We all dropped our bags in one spot, ran off to do our activities, and returned to find our things untouched, every time. We didn’t need locks on anything because everyone could be trusted. It was a freedom I had never felt before and wouldn’t again until I married my wife.
What does this mean for a Small t Academy student?
The Small t Academy Honor Code is intended to foster the highest level of trust, even at a scientific level. Scientific discoveries are worthless if there is suspected lying, cheating, or stealing involved. This honesty and nobility is expected of any Small t Academy student both inside and outside the laboratory setting.
Any scientific knowledge accumulated by the student is expected to be shared respectfully with others (especially outside of the Academy). Not everyone wants to be informed of the scientific principles, but most people do. However, most people do not have a formal education in the sciences. This is why the second part of the honor code explains how Small t Academy students are expected to teach others, respecting the others’ current knowledge set, and explain any results with both caution and clarity.
See how this plays out in Small t Academy students from Testimonials.