The following procedure should be adopted for dealing with cases of violations of academic integrity such as cheating, plagiarism, or lying to a professor about an assignment. This policy shall be placed in the Student Handbook and the Faculty Manual.
Procedures for Dealing with Suspected Honor Code Violations
If the professor suspects a student of academic dishonesty, he/she should attempt to contact or confront the student about the incident. If there are witnesses (e.g., other students knowledgeable of the infraction), they may also be contacted. If the student admits guilt and/or accepts a sanction, the faculty member and student need not involve the Judicial Board. In such cases, the faculty member shall submit a “Violation of Honor Code Form” to the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Student Life. This form outlines the offense and agreed-upon sanction. The agreement must be approved by the VPAA. If approved, the Violation of Honor Code Form is kept on file in the Office of Academic Affairs. In those cases in which the agreement is not approved by the VPAA, the case shall be returned to the faculty member for reconsideration.
In those cases in which the faculty member and student cannot agree about the case and the sanctions, the matter shall be referred to the Judicial Board. If the Judicial Board finds that a student has violated the Honor Code, the professor is free to sanction the student as he or she feels is appropriate. The Judicial Board may recommend additional punishment, including but not limited to: community service, service to the College, probation, suspension, or expulsion. In cases of a guilty finding, the presiding officer of the Judicial Board, in consultation with the faculty representative, shall submit a Violation of Honor Code Form to the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Student Life. This form outlines the offense and sanctions and shall be kept on file in the Office of Academic Affairs.
In those cases in which the Judicial Board finds the student not guilty, the faculty member shall not sanction the student and no Violation of Honor Code Form shall be submitted for the incident.