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Student Bar Association

Honor Board

February 23, 2012

1. Briefly, what were the responsibilities of your position?

Whenever the Dean is informed of a possible honor code offense (other than an offense which has been handled using the informal procedure), the Dean refers the matter to the Honor Committee as soon as possible. The Honor Committee consists of two faculty members appointed by the Dean at the time a matter is referred to the committee, and a student elected on an annual basis by the student body at large.  

The Honor Committee uses procedures it deems appropriate in order to determine the facts de novo and to recommend any penalty of any matter referred to it. The Committee consults with any faculty member who reported the offense to the Dean, gives notice of any alleged offense to the student involved, and gives the student an opportunity to fully present orally his or her side of the story before any determination is made regarding the facts or penalty.

The Honor Committee reports its determinations of the facts and whether an offense was committed and its recommendation as to penalties to the student and the Dean upon completion of its proceeding.  The Dean imposes the appropriate penalty and reports it to the student.

2. What was your total time commitment for both internal and external committees?

Proceedings before the Honor Committee are concluded as expeditiously as possible, consistent with the ascertainment of the facts and the integrity of the process.  Only in extraordinary cases should the period from referral to the committee to resolution exceed three weeks.

3. What were the benefits of your experience?

The honor committee representative gets the opportunity to partner with faculty to ensure that all cases of alleged honor code violations are fairly and thoroughly investigated.  Because each matter may significantly impact the student involved, the work the honor committee representative does can make a big difference.