Honor System

For Accused Students

If you are accused of violating the honor code, you will be notified by the Student Chair of the Honor Committee of the specific suspicion, and a meeting between you and the Chair will be arranged as soon as possible. In this meeting, the Student Chair will show you the evidence against you, familiarize you with the hearing process, and try to address your questions and concerns.

Honesty during the hearing is absolutely paramount. The committee is sensitive to mitigating factors, though ignorance of the Honor Code’s requirements is not an adequate defense by itself. The best thing you can do is to be upfront about everything, even if you knowingly violated the Honor Code. If you are sure you did not violate the Honor Code, then prepare evidence to that effect. Computer screenshots and examples of your thought process are important. If you have witnesses that can help the committee to understand, bring them. We will do our best to work with you in discovering what happened, and how it relates to the Honor Code, but cooperation is essential.

It is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the complete honor hearing procedures.

Please feel free to contact the Student Chair if you have questions in the time leading up to your hearing.