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The Honor Council Constitution

Article 7 - Reporting a Class I or Class II Violation, Investigation and Prehearing

  1. Reporting a Violation
    Any student, faculty member, or staff having knowledge of a possible Honor Code violation must report it to the President of the Council, the Dean, or, in the case of class work, to the faculty member concerned. The accuser may also first approach the accused if he/she so desires, or he/she can simply report the violation. If, however, after approaching the accused, suspicion remains in the mind of the accuser, it is the accuser's duty to make certain that the suspected violation of the Honor Code is reported to the Council. Failure to report a violation of the Honor Code is a violation in and of itself.

  2. Investigation
    Upon notification of a suspected violation of the Honor Code, whether Class I or Class II, the Dean shall thoroughly investigate the reported violation. The Dean may interview all necessary persons including, but not limited to, the accuser, the accused, and any material witnesses. If the Dean believes the violation may be a “Class II” violation as defined in Article 4.B, the Dean may recommend that the violation be treated in accordance with the Honor Council subcommittee procedures of Article 10.A.

  3. Prehearing in Class I Violation Cases

    1. The Dean shall present all information concerning the possible violation with names omitted to the Pre-hearing Committee composed of one faculty member and two students elected annually by the Student Legislature. Members of the Honor Council may not serve on the Pre-hearing Committee. After all the facts have been considered, the Pre-hearing Committee shall decide by a vote whether or not a hearing, further investigation, or both are warranted. There must be at least two committee members in favor of a hearing in order to warrant a hearing or other action.

    2. Should the Pre-hearing Committee decide that the evidence is sufficient to warrant a hearing or the accused admit a violation has occurred, the President of the Council shall notify the accused, appoint a Council member to serve as advisor for the accused, appoint a Council member to serve as presenter, and set a time of hearing.

    3. The Provost of The College and the Vice President for Student Development shall be notified in advance of all Council hearing times and the persons involved in hearings.

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