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How do instructors make a referral to the Honor System?

Prior to submitting a referral, instructors and other reporting parties should gather all materials related to the allegations. These materials may include, but are not limited to:

  • Copies of assignment(s) or exam(s) in question
  • Instructions for assignment(s) or exam(s) in question
  • Relevant email correspondence
  • Copy of course syllabus
  • Other materials to support the allegation(s)

When preparing the referral, instructors should provide a narrative (including the name and PID of the accused student) explaining what they believe occurred, including as much detail as possible. The referral is the information the Student Attorney General will use to begin the preliminary investigation. The more details and supporting materials provided by the referring party, the better. Where appropriate, referring parties should provide additional written statements by other witnesses, narratives completed by co-instructors, or teaching assistants. These individuals may be called as factual witnesses should a hearing take place.

What happens after I report a student for a possible violation of the Honor Code?

You will receive a letter from the Student Attorney General regarding the report you submitted. The respective Student Attorney will first investigate the allegations in order to determine whether it is necessary to charge the alleged student. When a charge is made, you will be notified in writing.

How long does the Honor System process take?

The Honor System process can vary depending on a number of factors including how the accused student responds to the allegations, the availability of necessary parties, and the number of previously scheduled cases.

What grade should I enter for the referred student?

Student Conduct is responsible for contacting the Registrar's Office to report the accused student's grade as an "NG" (No Grade) until the case has been resolved.

Can I just give the student a grade penalty and not report the alleged violation?

No, not reporting the alleged violation is not equitable or fair, and undermines Faculty Council Resolution 2003-5 (January 17, 2003). For more information on Faculty Responsibilities in relation to the Honor Code please see Appendix B (p.30-31) of the Instrument

Should reporting parties contact the referred student regarding the alleged violation?

When appropriate, faculty and other potential reporting parties are encouraged to discuss their concerns with the student and to inform the student of the decision to refer the suspected misconduct to the Honor System. If the potential reporting party decides to meet with the student, they must remember to not ask the student any questions that could be considered self-incriminating. Students are afforded the right not to make self-incriminating statements during an Honor System investigation, and the conversation with the student could be used as evidence if the matter is referred to the Honor Court.

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