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The Honor Council Constitution

Article 4 - The Honor Code

  1. Violations
    The following are violations of the Honor Code:

    1. Lying in official matters. “Lying in official matters” means the statement of an untruth or the falsification of official material with an intent to mislead administration, faculty, residence life staff, campus security, or Honor Council or Social Conduct Council members when acting in their official capacities. “Official material” means material having to do with course work, College administration, faculty, residence life staff, campus police, the Council, or the Social Conduct Council.

    2. Cheating. “Cheating” means either

      1. Giving aid to or receiving aid from any student or other source (i.e. books, notes, etc.) without the consent of the faculty member. Failure to sign the Honor Pledge is not a defense to a charge of cheating, or

      2. Plagiarizing, that is, the use of someone else's work, including but not limited to words, ideas, performing and/or visual art, music, or data derived through experimentation or investigation without giving that person credit. Ignorance of the definition of plagiarism is not a defense to a charge of plagiarism. It is the student's responsibility to consult the faculty member or, a Council member, or writing handbooks designated by the course instructor for the procedure for properly acknowledging sources.

    3. Stealing. “Stealing” means the act of intentionally taking or appropriating without the right or permission of any individual, organizational, or institutional property. The term includes, but is not limited to, stealing off campus, stealing from any person or business representatives on this campus, stealing from a computer company or any other computer-related theft, the telephone system, vending machines, a residence hall visitor, or any other business while it is on this campus, and removal of any material or equipment from the Birmingham-Southern College Library, Residence Halls, or other facilities without permission.

    4. Failure to report a violation of the Honor Code.

    5. Unless as an accused, failure to appear as a witness before the Council as requested by written notice.

    6. Failure to maintain confidentiality as required in Article 10 and Article 7 of the Social Council Constitution.

  2. Class I and II Violations

    1. The suggestion of Class I and II violations presupposes that there is a difference between instances where violations of the Honor Code have occurred or are alleged to have occurred. It is believed that a Class II violation classification will provide a mechanism to encourage greater faculty participation and to allow “teaching moments” within the Honor Council process. The purpose of creating a distinction between Class I and Class II violations is to make it possible to divide the jurisdiction between Class I violations (which require consideration by the entire Honor Council) and Class II violations (which may be reviewed by the Honor Council subcommittee identified in Article 10).

    2. Ultimately, the delineation between Class I violations and Class II violations will be determined by the extent of the violation and the intent of the student offender. While not exhaustive, below are several examples of violations which may constitute Class II violations:

      1. Lying to a professor about not attending class.

      2. Violations on assignments that constitute a small percentage of the course grade.

      3. Lying about attendance at Cultural Events.

      4. Instances of partial academic research citations which constitute plagiarism.

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