Honor Principle

Avoiding Problems

The simplest way to resolve an honor issue is to engage in discussion before the issue even develops . Consider the effect of your actions on others . In most instances, we don’t act to put others in uncomfortable situations, but that can be an unanticipated outcome. Most friction can be avoided by relatively small concessions to others’ feelings.

Where your behavior will only affect a small group of people (for example, the people in your dorm) try to identify individuals who could be inconvenienced or offended by your actions and talk to them. If you want to play loud music on your stereo, try to reach a compromise first, rather than waiting to see if a confrontation will result from playing it when you feel like it.

If your actions might have an effect on the larger community, try to behave discreetly. Everyone bends some rules. The important thing is to bend them in such a way that you affect as few people as possible. Consider whether or not your behavior could possibly cause anyone discomfort you might not feel. Be mindful of every member of the community, not just yourself and your friends.

Recognize that the Honor Principle assumes that all members of the community are in control of their behavior and willing to take responsibility for their actions. If you appearto be drunk or rowdy, someone else might not feel that you would respond appropriately when confronted. Remember that you’re still obliged to be respectful of other people’s rights at all times and in all mental states.