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Aggie Honor Code not plagiarized from West Point

In response to a Sept. 20 mail call:

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2006

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07

The Aggie Honor Code was not plagiarized from West Point. The Aggie Honor Code - when it was implemented three years ago - was based upon the Cadet Honor Code of the Corps of Cadets, which stated, "A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do," which is a the same quote as West Point's. The reason for this lies in the fact that from the time A&M opened in 1876 to roughly the mid-1950's, almost all of the Commandants of the Corps (aka, the big cheeses in charge of the cadets) where from West Point. The West Point commandants established the Cadet Honor code for cadets at A&M to follow. A&M didn't "steal" West Points motto, it was given to the cadets by a former cadet from West Point and A&M decided to implement it for the rest of the University.

Daniel House Class of 2006

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