The Board of Control is the Student Committee that enforces Caltech's
Honor Code. This body is frequently refurred to as the "Boc"
(pronounced with a long "a" and a hard "k" at the end). The verb
"to BoC" means to appear before this committee. Many times an umlaut
(") is put over the "o" like the initials of the band Blue Oyser
Cult. This tradition is from Blacker Hovse in the early 1990s.
consists of a chairman and secretary who are eleceted by the whole
undergrad community, one member elected from each Hovse and two
members at large who are elected by the whole undergraduate body.
The BoC meets in secret and has the power to expell people.
Altough technically the BoC makes its recommendations to the Dean
of Undergraduate Students either tells the BoC to try again or
carries out the recommendations and contacts those involved. It is
rare that the Dean gives a case back to the BoC. Also the BoC does
not punish people. It BoC decides if a honor code violation has
been committed. If so, it then nullifies the advantage. After the
nullification phase, it "protects the community". It is in the latter
phase where those that are determined to be unable to reform their
actions are told to leave. It takes a 3/4 decision of the BoC
to convict, nullify any advantages or protect the community.
The BoC meets in secret and it's decisions are almost never made
public. The defendant never knows who contacted the BoC and the
one that reported the incident is only told by the BoC when the
case is closed. The reporter never knows the outcome or if a hearing
ever took place. The documents of the BoC are kept in a safe in
an alarmed building. Only the Dean, the BoC Chair and BoC secreyary
As an example of the process, if a person was proved to have cheated
on a single problem of an exam, then that person would get no points
for that question (nullify the advantage). The decision on
whether to remove that member of the community (expell), would
depend upon if this was a cronic problem with this individual and
other simiar issues (protect the community).
Director of Residence Life: There has only been one DRL so far and
that is Dr. Kim West. Ms. West was brought in over the summer of
1990 to assist the then MOSH, Dr. Wilde. Over 1991 through 1993 the
MOSH's powers were slowly shifted to Ms. West. When Dr. Wilde resigned,
the position officially turned into a social position. The DRL position
removed circa 2003.
A slingshot using surgical tubing and a funnel for the pocket. Two
loops of tubing are attached to the funnel. Typically two person (one
on each side) hold the ends of the tubing while a third pulls the
funnel back, aims, and shoots the payload.
"No member shall take unfair advantage of any other member of the
Simple, but openended. It covers academic things like cheating
and social issues like stealing food from the common fridges.
The Institute has ruled that Sexual Harassment is not covered by the
BoC and thus not covered by the Honor Code. A separate body deals
with that and the decision was made based on existing laws. The
Institute's Drug and Alcohol Policy (DAPAC) seems also to be excluded
since such issue do no go to the BoC.
The undergrads are bound by the Honor Code, as are the Graduate
Students. The Faculty and Staff are not bound by it.
The area above one floor, but below the floor of the next one. In
some places hyperspace may be 6 feet tall.
Master of Student Houses: I don't know when the MOSH position was
created, but the first one that I know of was Colonel Goldsworthy.
Col. Goldsworthy was MOSH after the Houses reverted to civilian
control at the end of World War II. Col. Goldsworthy died in office
sometime between 2 April and 4 May 1949. He was replaced by Mr.
Tanham. Other MOSHes include Dr. Huttenback, Dr. David R. Smith,
Dr. Sunny Chan, Dr. Christoper Brennen, Dr. Louis Wilde and Dr. David
Wales. Since Col. Goldsworth, the MOSH has always been a full
professor. Traditionally the MOSH was responsible for student life.
He enforced rules, controlled the off-campus houses, was the student
advocate, and bailed students out of jail upon occasion.
Undergraduate Academic Standards and Honors Committee. This committee comprising of Faculty, Administrators and Undergrads reviews the cases of any students that have not eligable to return due to academic reasons or who are currently on leave and wish to return. UASH can re-instate students or place them on leave with conditions for returning. Hence a common phrase is "You Flick, You
Page last updated: 11 January 2007
FAQ author: Benjamin Smith (fr: 1989, grad 1994).
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