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The Process

The Process

The Honor process may seem complex, but we provide many resources to assist both the respondent and the person reporting a possible violation. Read more about the Honor process and check out our flow chart (PDF) of the process from start to finish.

The Community of Trust 

Students, faculty and staff are all considered "stewards" of the community of trust. The Honor Code operates from the presumption that members of our community are trustworthy; thus, it is necessary to evaluate suspected behavior before one reports a matter for review by the Council (see our Faculty FAQ page for tips on how to conduct this conversation).

Our process begins with a personal discussion whereby the person observing the conduct requests an explanation. Only if the explanation proves inadequate to negate the concern of a possible violation, should an official report be filed.

If you are Respondent, you must report to the Honor Council within 48 hours or resign from the university following notice from the Reporting Party that they are reporting the matter.

If you are a Reporting Party, you may report the matter following your conversation with the student (or good faith effort to do so) by filling out the online report form.

How the Process Works


An Overview of the Process (for more detail, please see the Student Handbook)

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--see Appendix I of the Honor Code for a list).

  • For reports that are either ineligible for or that do not resolve in Early Resolution [FN1]
    • The reporter submits a report using our online report form.
    • The Chair reviews the report to determine proper authority.
    • The Procedural Advisor (PA) meets with the Respondent and reviews their rights. The PA also contacts the Reporting Party to inform the student of rights and to offer to serve as a resource throughout the process.
    • The Chair appoints an investigating committee that typically has up to seven (7) days to investigate a case (unless given an extension by the Chair).
    • If the student wants to provide information regarding physical or emotional health to be considered by the Council, the student must do so by submitting information to the Medical Review Committee. The Council does not accept medical records directly, and any claimed medical or emotional health issues must be evaluated by the MRC, and this information then is shared with the Council. Students must also provide to their health care provider either the psychological or non-psychological Health Care Provider Form so that the health care provider can return the form to CVRP.
    • The Panel Authorization Committee (PAC) reviews the report and determines if insufficient information exists to proceed to a hearing. If sufficient information is available, the PAC refers the matter for a Panel proceeding; if not, the PAC dismisses the matter.
    • The Panel. A student has the presumption of innocence until found responsible for a violation. A Panel is an opportunity for the Council to review all relevant information and to question witnesses. If the panel finds insufficient information to find a student in violation, it dismisses the matter. If the panel finds the student responsible, it proceeds to the sanctioning phase of the process.
    • After the Panel (usually the following day), the Director of Community Values & Restorative Practices (or designee) reviews the Honor Council outcome and meets with the Chair and the student to deliver sanctions, if any. The Director then sends the student and the Reporting Party the official written outcome and provides the student with information regarding appeal.
    • The student has seven days from receiving official written notification to file an appeal of the decision. The appeal is directed to the Appeals Committee which is appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Early Resolution Option (only applicable in undergraduate cases)
    • For certain allegations of academic dishonesty where a faculty member is the Reporting Party, may be eligible for an Early Resolution (see Appendix I of the Honor Code for more information regarding whether a particular situation is eligible or contact Community Values & Restorative Practices at 221-2509).
The Panel

During the school year, the Council typically conducts Panels Monday through Thursday, generally in the early evening. A Panel is comprised of two phases: the Judgment phase and the Sanctions phase if necessary). The Panel usually conducts both phases on the same night when possible.

The Judgment Phase

In the judgment phase, six Council members serve as the panel. These individuals review the available information, ask questions, and determine 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 Panel, but there is no cross-examination as you would find in a court of law.

The Sanctions Phase

If the Panel finds the student responsible for the violation(s), the Panel usually moves immediately into a sanctions phase. The only parties involved in the sanctions phase are the Chair, the Panel, the Respondent, the PA and the student's character witnesses, if any. The Respondent is permitted up to two character witnesses and also may submit letters relevant to sanctioning.  During the sanctions phase, the Panel determines the appropriate sanction(s) for the student. In accomplishing this, the Panel reviews the student's prior record (if any) and the circumstances of the violation and any extraordinary circumstances affecting the student.


See our FAQ section and the Student Handbook for more information.

Appeals

Students found responsible for an honor violation can appeal the outcome on the grounds outlined in Section XII of the Honor Code.  Appeals are due within seven days of written notification of the outcome by CVRP. 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 Vice President for Student Affairs or designee who makes the final decision.