Section VIII: Optional Early Resolution Procedures

A. Early Resolution under the Honor Code. In participating academic units,[FN35] a faculty member may propose early resolution of suspected Level I and II Honor Code violations (see Appendix I) directly to the student rather than refer the matter to the Honor Council. An instructor considering this option contacts the Office of Student Conduct (prior or subsequent to an initial conversation with the student under Sec. VII.C above) for guidance on the level of conduct at issue, the student’s eligibility for early resolution (which may be restricted due to previous Honor or serious Conduct violations), and the sanctions available (see Appendix I).

B. Early Resolution Proposals

1. Level I Violations. The instructor proposes a grade penalty and an educational requirement in accordance with Appendix I.

2. Level II Violations. The instructor proposes both a grade penalty and referral to the Honor Council for hearings on an additional sanction in accordance with Appendix I.

3. Level III Violations.
Level III Violations are not eligible for early resolution and must be referred to the Honor Council for investigation and, if necessary, hearing.

C. Early Resolution Process

1. An instructor who chooses to offer early resolution informs the student of the student’s option to consult with the Office of Student Conduct staff and of the right to consult a student advisor prior to agreeing to the proposal.

2. An instructor who chooses to offer early resolution reports the proposal to the Office of Student Conduct.

3. The Office of Student Conduct summarizes the suspected violation(s) and proposed sanction in writing, and the student has one business day to decide if he/she accepts the instructor’s proposed early resolution.

4. If the student agrees to the proposed early resolution, the Office of Student Conduct provides a copy of the agreement to the instructor, the Honor Council, and the student.

5. If the student agrees to the proposed early resolution, the matter of the violation is considered resolved, and no subsequent appeal is possible (although any additional sanction imposed by the Honor Council in Level II violations under Sec. VIII.B.1 above may be appealed).

6. If the student contests the suspected violation and/or declines the early resolution proposal, the instructor reports the alleged violation to the Office of Student Conduct and informs the student of the duty to report to the Honor Council under Sec. IX.

7. An instructor who chooses not to offer early resolution reports the alleged violation to the Office of Student Conduct and informs the student of the duty to report to the Honor Council under Sec. IX.

8. If the student is not enrolled in the course that was allegedly compromised, the instructor handles the matter under Sec. IX.

[FN35] Early resolution is an option for all Level I or II violations when the Respondent is an undergraduate. The Council for each graduate/professional school, in consultation with the Honor System Advisory Committee, decides whether to make early resolution an option for all Level I or II violations involving Respondents enrolled in that school.