Snack Bar glitch raises Honor Code questions

I see that though Dining Services eventually caught a “meal equivalency glitch” (front page, Jan. 16), no student had told them about it in spite of months of apparently free food. If the bank gives you an extra $10,000 by mistake in your account, you can’t spend it, and I am surprised that no student chose to report the dining-points error. Three years ago, students were able to access a Harvard Business School admissions Web site some hours earlier than it was officially available, and 119 of those students wound up having their acceptances reversed on ethical grounds. Similarly, I wonder how the Honor Code relates to the Williams College meal-equivalency glitch.

Jay M. Pasachoff

Professor of Astronomy

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