A. Timeline for Addressing and Reporting. Alleged academic cheating or lying violations must be addressed and reported within 30 days of discovery unless the Vice President for Student Affairs finds good cause for delay. Allegations of non-academic lying or stealing must be addressed and reported within four months of discovery unless the Vice-President for Student Affairs finds good cause for the delay and he/she determines that a fair hearing may be held despite the delay. Once a party officially reports an alleged violation, he/she may not withdraw the complaint unless the Chair agrees such withdrawal is appropriate. [FN34]
B. Good Faith Requirement. The Code is not designed to be a tool of harassment. The Chair of the appropriate Council may decline to pursue allegations that appear to be motivated by personal animosity, and students alleging misconduct without a good faith basis to do so may be charged with an Honor violation or with “Abusing the Conduct System” under the Student Code of Conduct.
C. Initial Discussion. Prior to formally pursuing a suspected violation under the Code, the Reporting Party must make a diligent and good-faith effort to discuss the matter with the alleged violator, preferably in person. This discussion should occur as soon as practical after the Reporting Party observes or learns about the alleged violation, as specified in Sec. VII.A. The Reporting Party should request a truthful explanation of the suspected violation, reminding the Respondent of his/her obligation to uphold the Honor Code. If the student offers an explanation that satisfies the Reporting Party that no violation has occurred, both parties are to move forward as though there is no violation. If, however, the Reporting Party remains concerned that a violation has occurred, or if despite good faith efforts an initial discussion between the parties is not held, he or she should pursue the matter under Sec. VIII (if appropriate) or Sec. IX.
[FN34] An example would be when another person accepts responsibility for the alleged violation.