Citadel Battle: Locks Or Honor

The Citadel's decision to install locks on its barrack doors in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre has some alums concerned it mocks the storied school's honor code. While female cadets already have locks on their doors, reaction to slapping them on men's dorms has been mixed.

"We've been careful to say it's not an honor issue; it's a safety issue," Patricia McArver, the school's spokesperson, tells us. "Our honor system is something that's so strong that it's not threatened by installing locks."

Maj. Gen. Art Baiden, chair of the board of the South Carolina school, says it's just time to face modern-day reality. "This action is an acknowledgement that, regrettably, the world has changed."

By Paul Bedard


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