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Role of Faculty/Students in Upholding the Honor Code

Role of Faculty in Upholding the Honor Code

The Faculty Coordinator of Academic Integrity

The Faculty Coordinator for Academic Integrity is a faculty member who works with the Associate Provost for Academic Services and the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life on oversight and facilitation of the Honor Code and the Honor Board. He or she serves as the designated contact person for all faculty for cases of academic dishonesty, advises faculty about policies and procedures for investigation, reporting, and sanctioning academic violations and maintains records of academic violations. When a faculty member reports a possible academic violation of the Honor Code, the Faculty Coordinator for Academic Integrity meets with the student(s) in question to discuss the situation and to explain the student(s)’ options and the next steps that will be taken. The Faculty Coordinator for Academic Integrity also coordinates honor-code-related training and discussions among the faculty, the Honor Board, and the student body and is available to any students who have questions about the Honor Code or the Honor Board.

The Classroom Pledge

Faculty members are expected to discuss the implementation of the Honor Code at the beginning of each semester in every class.  In addition, they are encouraged to have students attach the following pledge (or an abbreviation suggested by the instructor) to any credit-bearing work:

I pledge my word of honor that I have abided by the Washington College Honor Code while completing this assignment.

Reporting Violations

A faculty member who witnesses or learns of a violation of the Honor Code is expected to report the violation either to the Faculty Coordinator of Academic Integrity or the Associate Provost. If the violation occurred in the faculty member’s class, the faculty member is expected to discuss the violation with the student and report the incident to the Faculty Coordinator of Academic Integrity.  If the student takes responsibility for the violation and has no previous academic or social violations on record, an Honor Board hearing will not be necessary and the Coordinator of Academic Integrity will issue a warning letter to the student. However, if the student has previously been found responsible for an academic or social violation, then the Faculty Coordinator of Academic Integrity will refer the case to the Honor Board for a hearing or other appropriate adjudication consistent with student conduct policies.

If a faculty member suspects that a student has committed an academic violation, the faculty member can instruct the Registrar to put a hols on a student’s record to prevent the student from withdrawing from the course. At the end of the semester, the faculty member can then submit  a letter grade for the student consistent with the faculty member’s course policies. If the faculty members later decides to allow the student to withdraw, the faculty member will communicate the change to the Registrar.

For all alleged violations (whether it is the student’s first or not) both the faculty member and the student have the option to request an Honor Board hearing.  Additionally, in all cases the faculty member may assign sanctions he or she feels appropriate in the course.

Role of Students in Upholding the Honor Code

Reporting Academic Violations

A student who commits an academic violation of the Honor Code is expected to take responsibility for his or her actions and report that violation to the appropriate faculty member or to the Coordinator of Academic Integrity.  A student who becomes aware of an academic breach of the Honor Code by another student is expected to inform the appropriate faculty member or the Faculty Coordinator of Academic Integrity of the violation. Students may also wish to discuss their concern with the alleged violator to advise them to self-report.

Reporting Social Violations

A student who commits a social violation of the Honor Code is expected to take responsibility for his or her actions and report that violation to a member of the Student Affairs division, such as a Public Safety Officer, a Resident Assistant, or Assistant Director of Residential Life.  A student who becomes aware of a social breach of the Honor Code by another student is also expected to inform a Student Affairs staff member. Students may also wish to discuss their concern with the alleged violator and advise him/her to self-report.