Resources for Students
This page is designed for students. It contains frequently asked questions and advice on what to do if you are tempted to commit academic misconduct, and what to expect if you are accused of a potential Honor Code violation.
- I feel overwhelmed, and I'm tempted to cheat. What should I do?
- My professor has reported a possible violation to the Honor Council. What are the next steps?
- What if I don't respond to the investigator's request or decide not to attend a meeting?
- What is an expedited hearing?
- What is a full hearing?
- Can I bring someone to the hearing?
- What is the usual sanction for an offense?
- Should I appeal the Honor Council's decision?
The consequences of academic dishonesty are always more severe than turning an assignment in late or not turning it in at all. If you are struggling to complete an assignment on time, make an effort to contact the professor and find out what options you have. If you are having general academic or personal difficulties, Emory provides a number of resources includingstudent support services, counseling services, and the Writing Center.
Students are discouraged from speaking to their professors about allegations of academic dishonesty. Once a case has been reported, you are encourage to continue speaking with your professor about academic matters, but you should not discuss the Honor Code case with him or her.
The Honor Council will contact you to inform you that a suspicion of misconduct has been reported. You are encouraged to make an appointment with the Assistant Director (Ms. Blaire Wilson) who can answer general questions about the process before you meet with the Honor Council.
The Honor Council will schedule a preliminary meeting with you. At this initial meeting, an Honor Council member and a faculty advisor will inform you about the suspicion and give you the opportunity to examine the evidence. They will also listen to your account of the incident, ask you questions, and collect any evidence you may have. After this interview, the investigators may decide to dismiss your case or send it to a hearing. If your case is being submitted to a full hearing, the investigator will typically contact you within one week of this preliminary interview.
If you have questions about the process, you should consult the Honor Code. You may also make an appointment to speak with the Assistant Director of the Honor Council, Ms. Blaire Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 404-727-8928).
The Honor Council makes every effort to accommodate the schedules of accused students. Students who are uncooperative by avoiding Honor Council e-mails or skipping meetings and hearings may lose the opportunity to participate fully in the process. Failure to respond to any requests or to attend any interview/hearing may result in the Honor Council proceeding with the case without you present.
An expedited hearing may take place when a student accepts responsibility for a violation of the Honor Code. The Honor Council schedules expedited hearings more quickly, and the hearing itself is usually much shorter than a full hearing. As the student is acknowledging responsibility, neither the reporting professor nor any witnesses are present. The student also must waive the right to appeal the Honor Council's decision. Participating in an expedited hearing does not imply a less severe sanction, but it does resolve the situation more quickly.
The Honor Council may consider a range of sanctions for violating the Honor Code, but the penalty is usually severe. While there is no automatic sanction for a given violation, the Honor Council typically assigns an F in the course and a 1-year Honor Council probation for the first violation. The second violation may warrant a suspension, probation until graduation, and an F in the course. The third violation may warrant an expulsion (along with probation and an F in the course). The Honor Council may elect to consider mitigating or aggravating circumstances when recommending a sanction.
Once the Honor Council has made a decision, the Assistant Dean will schedule a time to meet you and explain the appeals process and your options. Appeal letters are due seven days after you receive notice of the Honor Council's decision. In considering your case, the Appeal Panel may deny the appeal, submit your case to another full hearing, or adjust your sanction, either by decreasing OR increasing its severity.