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Adjudication of Honor Code Violations

Violations of the University Conduct Code may be academic or non-academic in nature.

Academic Violations.

If you are suspected of academic violations of the University Honor Code, the instructor will meet with you to discuss the charges. If, after the conference, the instructor concludes that the charges have merit, (s)he may:

(1) adjudicate the case directly*,
(2) refer the case to the University Honor Court through the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, or the Director of Student Conduct, or
(3) allow you to choose between the two options.

Before meeting with you to discuss the charges and options, the instructor will check your file in the Office of Student Life to determine whether prior sanctions have been imposed for violations of the University Honor Code. If the instructor concludes that the charges have merit and prior sanctions have been imposed for violations of the University Honor Code, the case will be referred directly to the University Honor Court.

Non-academic Violations.

In cases involving non-academic violations of the University Honor Code, the Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, or the Director of Student Conduct may:

(1) adjudicate the case directly*,
(2) assign the case to the University Honor Court, or
(3) allow the student to choose between the two options. Typically the case will be assigned directly to the University Honor Court if prior sanctions have been imposed for violations of the University.

Honor Code.

Process of Adjudication

If you are suspected of violating the University Honor Code, the following procedures shall apply:

1. your instructor will check with the office of student life to determine whether you have been sanctioned previously for violating the University Honor Code;

2. your instructor (or the Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, or the Director of Student Conduct where cases involve non-academic violations of the University Honor Code) will meet with you to discuss the issue:

a. after this conference, if you do not accept responsibility for the alleged incident, the case will go directly to the Honor Court;
b. in the case of a first offense, if you accept responsibility, the instructor (or the Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, or the Director of Student Conduct)

(1) may adjudicate the case directly*;
(2) may refer the case to the University Honor Court; or
(3) may allow you to choose between the two options;

c. if you have previously been sanctioned for violating the University Honor Code, and your instructor (or the Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, or the Director of Student Conduct where cases involve non-academic violations of the University Honor Code) concludes that charges have merit, the case will be referred to the University Honor court;

3. the case must be referred to the University Honor Court if the instructor believes that sanctions greater than failure in a course should be considered;

4. if the case is referred to the University Honor Court, the attorney general of the Student Government Association, in collaboration with the Director of Student Conduct and the Judicial Vice President of the Student Government Association, shall schedule a hearing;

5. where a case is referred to the University Honor Court, conduct procedures, as delineated for cases involving original jurisdiction, shall apply.

 

Sanctions

Academic Violations.

The following sanctions shall be imposed for violations of the University Honor Code, with the understanding that where extenuating circumstances exist, sanctions may be probated:

First Infraction. 
At a minimum, a student who violates the University Honor Code shall receive the grade zero (0) on the assignment; at a maximum, the student shall receive an F in the course. Where sanctions are imposed, whether by the instructor, by the Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, the Director of Student Conduct, or by the University Honor Court, an Honor Code Incident Report must be filed with the office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Second Infraction.
At a minimum, the student shall receive the grade FH in the course; at a maximum, the student shall be suspended for the semester. Other sanctions, such as but not limited to communit service, may be imposed at the discretion of the Honor Court. In the event that the student is suspended for the semester, (s)he shall receive the grade F(H) in the course where the infraction occurred. In other courses, the student shall receive the grade W. An Honor Code Incident Report must be filed with the office of the Provost/ Vice President for Academic Affairs. With all 2nd infractions, an educational citation workshop will be mandated; the university library professional staff will provide this workshop.

Third Infraction.
At a minimum, the student shall be suspended for the semester; at a maximum, the student shall be expelled from the university. Other sanctions, such as but not limited to community service, may be imposed at the discretion of the Conduct Court. In the event that the student is suspended for the semester, (s)he shall receive the grade F in the course where the infraction occurred. In other courses, the student shall receive the grade W. An Honor Code Incident Report must be filed with the office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Non-Academic Violations:
Where violations of the University Honor Code are non-academic in nature, the possible sanctions shall be the same as those which may be imposed for violations of the University Code of Conduct.

 

* In the case of a direct adjudication the student and faculty will sign a Resolution Form and submit it to the Office of Student Life

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Our office is located on the third floor of the Slane Student Center. We are open daily from 8:30am – 5:00pm.

(336) 841-9231
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(336) 841-9111 (emergency)
E-mail: studentlife@highpoint.edu

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