Apparently the Navy likes default yea votes, too

A Nudge reader sends along word that the Naval Academy is updating its honor system, which must be voted on by the Midshipmen. To make sure the new code passes, the Academy’s Honor Congress is using the default yes vote. The vote is being held for each class at specific times. In an email to Midshipmen, the Honor Congress informs them, “If you do not show up to the wardroom vote or email me, your vote will be counted as a “YES” in favor of the revisions by default.”

Members of the Los Angeles City Council would be so proud.

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  • C.B.H

    USNA is not a traditional university/institution. The Honor Concept should be something that is embraced by all midshipmen; all midshipmen should have a sense of ownership when it comes to our Honor Concept. As a current midshipmen at USNA, I find nothing wrong with the default “yes” voting system. As previously mentioned, midshipmen should have a sense of personal ownership when it comes to the Honor Concept because it is the foundation of the history and tradition of this institution and one which distinguishes us from our civilian counterparts. Those midshipmen who do not care enough to voice their concern for a midshipmen-run honor system should probably reconsider their commitment to this institution.

  • C.B.H

    USNA is not a traditional university/institution. The Honor Concept should be something that is embraced by all midshipmen; all midshipmen should have a sense of ownership when it comes to our Honor Concept. As a current midshipmen at USNA, I find nothing wrong with the default “yes” voting system. As previously mentioned, midshipmen should have a sense of personal ownership when it comes to the Honor Concept because it is the foundation of the history and tradition of this institution and one which distinguishes us from our civilian counterparts. Those midshipmen who do not care enough to voice their concern for a midshipmen-run honor system should probably reconsider their commitment to this institution.

  • C.B.H

    USNA is not a traditional university/institution. The Honor Concept should be something that is embraced by all midshipmen; all midshipmen should have a sense of ownership when it comes to our Honor Concept. As a current midshipmen at USNA, I find nothing wrong with the default “yes” voting system. As previously mentioned, midshipmen should have a sense of personal ownership when it comes to the Honor Concept because it is the foundation of the history and tradition of this institution and one which distinguishes us from our civilian counterparts. Those midshipmen who do not care enough to voice their concern for a midshipmen-run honor system should probably reconsider their commitment to this institution.

  • http://www.nudges.org/ Nudge blog

    You raise a good point. Who would vote against an honor code? Would you want them as a fellow student? What's odd about the default yes vote is that it seems to be useful in places where 1) lots of trivial votes are taken and people have other things to do (see LA city council example), and 2) there's a chance that a measure might not pass. An honor code vote is not trivial? Can the Naval Academy really think it won't pass? Wouldn't it want to know sincerely if certain Midshipmen were against it so it could gauge the kind of people it has enrolled at its university?

  • Nudge blog

    You raise a good point. Who would vote against an honor code? Would you want them as a fellow student? What’s odd about the default yes vote is that it seems to be useful in places where 1) lots of trivial votes are taken and people have other things to do (see LA city council example), and 2) there’s a chance that a measure might not pass. An honor code vote is not trivial? Can the Naval Academy really think it won’t pass? Wouldn’t it want to know sincerely if certain Midshipmen were against it so it could gauge the kind of people it has enrolled at its university?

  • http://www.nudges.org/ Nudge blog

    You raise a good point. Who would vote against an honor code? Would you want them as a fellow student? What’s odd about the default yes vote is that it seems to be useful in places where 1) lots of trivial votes are taken and people have other things to do (see LA city council example), and 2) there’s a chance that a measure might not pass. An honor code vote is not trivial? Can the Naval Academy really think it won’t pass? Wouldn’t it want to know sincerely if certain Midshipmen were against it so it could gauge the kind of people it has enrolled at its university?

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