William and Mary

Section IV: Administrative Procedures

A. The Honor Councils

1. Students administer the Honor Code through a system of six Honor Councils constituted in each of the major academic units of the College: (1) the undergraduate student body and the graduate schools of (2) Arts and Sciences, (3) Business, (4) Education, (5) Law, and (6) Marine Science.

2. In addition to conducting investigations, hearings and deliberations as outlined in the Honor Code, each Council is responsible for overseeing its own operations, ensuring that the Council has valid Bylaws, educating its student body regarding Honor Code expectations and procedures, and ensuring that all members of the Council receive, at a minimum, initial training provided by the Office of Student Conduct. Each Council also will ensure that all entering students, upon matriculation, execute a pledge to abide by and uphold the Honor Code.

B. Student Governing Bodies

1. A student governing body for each academic unit will

a. approve the procedures for selecting and removing its Honor Council members and qualifications for continued service on that Council, and
b. approve amendments to the Code on behalf of its students as outlined in Sec. XIII.

2. The governing bodies are as follows:

a. Undergraduate: the undergraduate members of the Student Assembly Senate
b. Arts and Sciences: the Graduate Student Association
c. Business: the MBA Association in conjunction with the MAC Council
d. Education: the Education Association in the Graduate School of Education
e. Law: the Student Bar Association
f. Marine Science: the Graduate School Association in the School of Marine Science.

C. Honor System Advisory Committee (HSAC)

1. The Honor System Advisory Committee’s responsibilities consist of the following:

a. reviewing and recommending changes to core provisions of the Code (Sec. XIII)
b. approving amendments to procedural provisions of the Code (Sec. XIII)
c. establishing the presumptive initial levels of sanction for each category of violation in consultation with the Council of each academic unit (Sec. X)
d. issuing periodic guidance to the Councils, students and faculty on issues pertaining to interpretation and application of the Code
e. assisting with efforts to educate the College community regarding the Code
f. assessing the climate of academic integrity
g. reviewing concerns and grievances about the system
h. responding to evolving challenges regarding honor and integrity
i. publishing each semester a brief summary of cases in a manner that does not identify the student, to include the charges, a short summary of the case, the findings, and sanctions imposed; this summary is to be provided to student media publications and posted on the Honor Council website.

2. The Honor System Advisory Committee’s composition is as follows:

a. Voting Members:

1) Two undergraduate students nominated by the President and approved by the Student Assembly Senate serving a one year renewable term;
2) One graduate/professional student nominated by the President and approved by the Student Assembly Senate serving a one year renewable term;
3) The Undergraduate Honor Council Chair or another member of the Undergraduate Honor Council designated by the Chair to represent it;
4) One graduate/professional Honor Council Chair selected by the group of graduate school chairs;
5) One member of the Dean of Students staff;
6) Two faculty members nominated by the President and approved by the Faculty Assembly (one with a role in teaching graduate/professional students) serving two year renewable terms;
7) One administrator with current or previous Appeals Committee experience nominated by the President and approved by a majority of the other members of HSAC.

b. Non-voting members:

1) The Chairs of the other four graduate/professional Honor Councils (aside from the voting member designated under Sec. IV.C.2.a.4).
2) The Chair of the Undergraduate Student Conduct Council or another member of the Student Conduct Council designated by the Chair to represent it.
3) The Chair of the Conduct/Honor Advisors Program (CHAP) or another member of CHAP designated by the Chair to represent it.