Procedures for Handling Honor Code Issues
Procedures for an Alleged First Violation of the Honor Code Regarding Academic Honesty
Procedures for an Alleged Second Violation of the Honor Code Regarding Academic Honesty
Procedure for a Violation of the Honor Code Regarding Professional Behavior or Conduct
The Honor Council conducts a hearing within five working days of referral by the designated administrator and renders a decision to the designated administrator who will notify the student and faculty within two working days of the hearing.
During the hearing, each party will be allowed to submit documents and testimony to support their case. The hearing will begin with each party briefly presenting their case. The council will then direct questions to party A, listen to the answer and then ask clarifying questions of party A. The council will then direct questions to party B, listen to the answer and then ask clarifying questions of party B. This process continues until both parties have presented their full evidence and the council has the information needed. Each party will only address the council. There will be no direct conversation between the two parties.
Each party may bring a support advocate to the hearing. The advocate may talk to the person for whom they are providing support, but they may not speak on behalf of the person or speak to the council.
Hearings are recorded by written transcript or audio recording. In the case of an appeal of an Honor Council decision, a written transcript of the original hearing may be provided to both parties and the Senior Associate Dean or a designated official. These documents are private. Documentation will be stored in Atkinson’s administration office and will be removed from the students file at graduation except in the case where a violation of academic honesty constitutes part of the case for dismissal of a student.
After the hearing, the council has up to two days to come to an agreement and render its decision to the designated administrator. Decisions rendered by the Honor Council must be supported by at least three voting members regardless of the number of Honor Council members attending the hearings. The Honor Council cannot suspend making a decision; all hearings must result in at least three voting members reaching consensus.