Article 10: Academic Proceedings
The Honor Council consists of faculty and students who have been elected by the Faculty Senate, appointed by the Provost or appointed by the Vice President for Student Success. The Honor Council serves to provide faculty and students with a means by which they may report academic dishonesty, to provide students with a means of appealing charges of academic dishonesty, to serve as an initial hearing body for academic cases outside of the classroom, and to provide the Provost with recommendations regarding general academic sanctions or remedial efforts.
Section 10.01 Honor Council Procedures
Instances of academic misconduct represent behavior that is of an especially serious nature. Sanctions assigned to instances of academic misconduct should convey the message that this type of behavior can serve as a destructive force within the academic community. Faculty alone are responsible for assigning grade penalties in their courses for violations of the Honor Code.
A student who is found responsible by a faculty member for an Honor Code violation, assessed a sanction, and has yet to appeal, has ten (10) University business days from the date of notification of the sanction to file an appeal of the findings. The appeal must be stated in writing and addressed to the chair of the Honor Council in care of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement. The chair will determine if the appeal merits a hearing. The student can present his/her side of events, along with any documentation or evidence regarding the allegation.
A student’s appeal of a faculty member’s charge of academic dishonesty must be based on one of the following reasons:
- Insufficient or misinterpreted evidence that led to the initial finding of the violation of the Honor Code.
- Substantial new evidence not available at the time of the original faculty decision. In this case, the Honor Council will consider new information that is sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.
The appeal will be heard by the Honor Council. If the Honor Council rules that a violation did not occur, then the Honor Council will notify the student, the faculty member, the chair of the department, the dean and the Provost of its findings.
Should such an appeal be successful, the faculty member may assess the Honor Council’s findings and recommendations. If the faculty member declines the recommendation of the Honor Council and refuses to change the grade, the student may appeal to the chair of the department to initiate the Grade Appeal Process.