No, the internal file kept on those found guilty of academic misconduct is an internal tracking document and is not part of any official records issued by the university. No internship coordinator or future employer will learn of academic misconduct charges against you through any university document or process. Internship coordinators or future employers will not find out about academic dishonesty charges against you unless you reveal that information yourself.
Understanding what constitutes academic misconduct is the responsibility of the student. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss with their respective instructors any questions about studying for tests, completion of work products, collaboration with others to complete assignments, citation formats, etc. to reduce the likelihood of being charged with academic misconduct. Regardless of whether or not you knew that you were committing academic misconduct, penalties still apply.
The Honor Code Council deals with academic misconduct issues; not disciplinary cases. All disciplinary matters are adjudicated by the Dean of Students Office. Typically, a first-time violator of the Honor Code is not referred to the Dean of Students Office for a disciplinary hearing. Repeat offenders and first-time violators whose cases are egregious in nature will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for potential additional penalties.
Unless the specific group has rules restricting membership or participation due to findings of academic misconduct, your participation is not restricted by any Honor Code policy. It is up to you to decide if you want to share your Honor Code situation with the leadership of any campus-related group.
Honor Code Council hearings are not considered legal proceedings and are not legally binding. Meetings are audio recorded but not transcribed and no minutes are taken. You may bring an attorney or other advocate/supporter to the hearing, but only you can address the council.
If you are over the age of 18, your education records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and your parents/guardians cannot access those records from the university. In addition, the chair of the Honor Code Council will not discuss charges, hearing details or findings with any parent/guardian without the written permission of the student. In short, your parents/guardians will discover charges of academic dishonesty against you only if you decide to share that information with them.
It all depends on the existence of extenuating circumstances in your specific case. The members of the hearing committee listen carefully to the testimony from all parties involved and make recommendations on the elements of each case. You can be assured hearing committee members do not side with the instructor by default. The hearing committee will recommend one of the following:
1) the determination of the faculty member and the penalty are upheld
2) the determination of the faculty member is upheld, but a modified penalty is suggested
3) the determination of the faculty member and penalty are to be rejected
Yes, you can accept the finding of academic misconduct, but appeal the penalty. However, please note the hearing committee has the option of recommending a harsher penalty than the instructor initially proposed.
All members of the Honor Code Council receive training on hearing committee procedures, including confidentiality. In addition, each member of the Honor Code Council signs a confidentiality agreement to help ensure there are no breaches of confidential information.
Yes, you will receive a separate hearing, but every attempt will be made to schedule and sequence the hearings against all students on the same day and to be heard by the same hearing committee. For example, if three students are charged with academic dishonesty involving the same class project, each student will have an individual hearing with the committee, but the hearings will be scheduled sequentially so the case can be adjudicated by the same members of the hearing committee.
No, the HCC responds only to allegations made by faculty members against students. You are advised to contact the respective instructors of any student known to engage in academic misconduct and report the allegations.