For Faculty: Handling Honor Code Issues
The heart of the learning experience at the Atkinson School is the relationship between students and faculty.
What are Violations of the Honor Code?
Academic violations of the Honor Code include but are not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials, and misrepresentation. Definitions of these violations are defined in the Honor Code segment of the Student Handbook.
Professional behavior violations of the Honor Code include but are not limited to: actions related to seeking an unfair advantage over other members of a group or other groups; representing yourself or your group in a manner that does not communicate a truthful representation of the facts; disrespecting the personal rights or property rights of others, disrupting the educational process, and representing yourself in an unprofessional manner.
A discussion of expected academic and professional behaviors of Atkinson School students is available in the segment of the Student Handbook titled "Expectations of Academic and Professional Behavior."
What Should a Faculty Member do if They Suspect a Violation of the Honor Code has Occurred?
A faculty member who thinks a violation of the honor code as occurred, should document the alleged violation, notify and discuss the situation with the designated administrator, and personally meet with the student or students to determine if a violation of the Honor Code has occurred
If, after meeting with the student, the faculty member does not think a violation of the honor code has occurred, the faculty member should notify the designated administrator that a violation has not occurred, and the process is over.
However, if, after meeting with the student, the faculty member thinks an academic violation of the honor code has occurred, the Honor Code process will occur.
Process for Alleged Academic Violations of the Honor Code
Process for Alleged Professional Behavior Violations of the Honor Code
When is the Honor Council involved in a violation of the Honor Code?
When a student is suspected of violating academic honesty or professional behavior, the case will be referred to the Honor Council for a hearing and decision only if the suspected student has talked with the faculty member and contests either responsibility for violating the Honor Code or the consequences assigned by the faculty member.
What are possible consequences of a violation?
Consequences for a student found responsible for violating the honor code will vary based on the severity and type of violation, and may include (but are not limited to) one or more of the consequences listed below. Any violation of the Honor Code is documented as an Honor Code violation, regardless of the severity.
- verbal or written warning
- verbal or written reprimand
- required written statement by the student found responsible, acknowledging the violation and reaffirming his/her commitment to follow the honor code
- required submission of additional course work
- assignment of the grade of “F” for a course deliverable or test
- assignment of the grade of “F” for a course
- withdrawal from the course
- loss of scholarship
- behavioral probation (exclusion from participating in leadership activities, career management programs, courses involving travel to another site, and other activities in which the student would be seen as a representative of the university)
- skill building or training
- recommendation for suspension for two semesters
- recommendation of permanent dismissal from the MBA program
Recommendations for suspension or dismissal will be reviewed by the Senior Associate Dean before enforced.
What should you do if you do not agree with the Honor Council’s decision for your case?
If the faculty member does not agree with the Honor Council’s decision in regard to their case, the faculty member may appeal the decision by emailing the designated administrator within five working days of the decision being released. The designated administrator will then organize the appeal process and inform the Senior Associate Dean. After reviewing the case, the Senior Associate Dean may uphold the Honor Council's decision or remand the decision back to the Honor Council. The Senior Associate Dean may include comments or issues to be considered further by the Honor Council. After further deliberation about the Dean's Office's concerns, the Honor Council shall reaffirm or alter its decision. At this point, the decision of the Honor Council is final.