The Community of Trust
Students, faculty and staff are all considered "stewards" of the community of trust. The Honor Code presumes that our community is trustworthy; thus, it is necessary to confront behavior before one reports a matter for review by the Council. Our process begins with a personal discussion whereby the person observing the conduct asks for an explanation. Only if the explanation proves inadequate to negate the inference of a possible violation, should an official report be filed.
If you are Respondent, you must report to the Honor Council within 24 hours or resign from the university following notice from the Reporting Party that he/she will be reporting the matter. If you are a Reporting Party, you may initiate contact with the Council by filling out the online turn-in form.
How the Process Works
Our Code requires providing the suspected student with the opportunity to explain the conduct prior to formal Honor Council Action. For more information about this requirement, see "The Community of Trust" section above. Some academic violations involving undergraduate students may be eligible for Early Resolution (first time, low-level violations only).
During the school year, the Council typically conducts hearings Monday through Thursday, generally in the early evening. The hearing is comprised of two phases: the Judgment Hearing and the Sanctions Hearing (if necessary). These two hearings typically are held on the same night if possible.
The Judgment Hearing
At the judgment hearing, six Council members serve as the panel. These individuals are charged with reviewing the evidence, asking questions during the hearing, and determining whether the student has violated the Code. The Respondent, the Reporting Party, witnesses, the Procedural Advisor (PA), the Investigating Committee Chair (ICC), the Student Advisor, and the Chair also are present in the hearing. The ICC will conduct initial questioning of all involved parties. The Respondent is permitted to make brief opening and closing statements. All parties may be questioned during the hearing, but there is no cross-examination as you would find in a court of law.
The Sanctions Hearing
If the panel finds the student responsible for the violation(s), usually the panel will move immediately into a sanctions hearing. The only parties involved in the sanctions phase of the hearing are the Chair, the panel of six members, the Respondent, the PA and the student's character witnesses, if any.
All students found in violation of the Honor Code or the Code of Conduct are entitled to appeal. Appeals are limited to specific grounds as specified in the Student Handbook. Regardless of the type of case, a student may always appeal the sanction(s) imposed.
Appeals of Violations of the Student Code of Conduct
Students who resolve their case via Administrative Resolution are limited to appealing the sanction(s) imposed. Students who request formal hearings may appeal on the basis of procedural irregularity, discrimination in the hearing, lack of a preponderance of evidence, excessive or inappropriate sanction, or newly discovered material evidence unknown at the time of the hearing.
Appeals of Violations of the Honor Code
Students found responsible for an honor violation may appeal the outcome on the grounds outlined in Section XII of the Honor Code. Appeals are due within five five business days of written notification by the Dean of Students Office of the outcome of the hearing. Appeals are reviewed by the Appeals Committee through the Vice President for Student Affairs and, if the committee finds possible merit in the appeal, by the Provost who makes the final decision.