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Honor Council Orientation Cheryl Scheid, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs Dean, College of Graduate Health Sciences 448- 4930.

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1 Honor Council Orientation Cheryl Scheid, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs Dean, College of Graduate Health Sciences

2 Background Ethical Behavior and Professionalism are Essential in the Health Care Professions Ethical Behavior and Professionalism are Essential in the Health Care Professions All Students are Bound by the Honor Code All Students are Bound by the Honor Code Allegations of Infractions must be handled in a sensitive, fair and CONFIDENTIAL manner Allegations of Infractions must be handled in a sensitive, fair and CONFIDENTIAL manner

3 Types of Infractions Cheating on tests/exams Cheating on tests/exams Improper assistance with oral, written or lab assignments Improper assistance with oral, written or lab assignments Improper handling/falsification of laboratory data Improper handling/falsification of laboratory data Improper handling of patient data, falsification of records Improper handling of patient data, falsification of records Misuse of Course Materials Misuse of Course Materials

4 Other Infractions Willful neglect of clinical duties Willful neglect of clinical duties Falsely & maliciously accusing another student of honor code violations Falsely & maliciously accusing another student of honor code violations Revealing confidential information related to Honor Court matters Revealing confidential information related to Honor Court matters Failing to report infractions by other students Failing to report infractions by other students Plagiarism Plagiarism

5 Alert: Plagiarism now detectable– using SafeAssign (Antiplagiarism Software)  Students should prescreen papers before submission  Students and Faculty need to understand how to interpret reports – when in doubt ask for guidelines.

6 Informal Reports Suspicious Activity can be informally reported to a member of the College Honor Council Suspicious Activity can be informally reported to a member of the College Honor Council Council member will notify the Honor Council President of the suspicious activity Council member will notify the Honor Council President of the suspicious activity Member will then counsel suspected student and advise them that continued behavior could lead to formal complaint Member will then counsel suspected student and advise them that continued behavior could lead to formal complaint

7 Procedure for Formal Complaint Complaint may be filed by student, faculty or staff – this must be written, signed and presented to member of honor council Complaint may be filed by student, faculty or staff – this must be written, signed and presented to member of honor council Complaints forwarded to President of HC Complaints forwarded to President of HC President asks one of council members to investigate the facts and determine whether there is reason to believe a violation has occurred (probable cause) President asks one of council members to investigate the facts and determine whether there is reason to believe a violation has occurred (probable cause)

8 Notice of Charge If investigation suggests that a full hearing is warranted, President issues ‘Notice of Charge’ to accused student; if no further action deemed necessary, charge dismissed If investigation suggests that a full hearing is warranted, President issues ‘Notice of Charge’ to accused student; if no further action deemed necessary, charge dismissed Identity of the accuser remains confidential during investigation. If Notice of Charge is filed, accused student has right to request name of person filing charge Identity of the accuser remains confidential during investigation. If Notice of Charge is filed, accused student has right to request name of person filing charge

9 Role of Investigator If requested by president, member of honor council must carry out investigation and report back to president quickly (within 7 days barring holidays, closings) If requested by president, member of honor council must carry out investigation and report back to president quickly (within 7 days barring holidays, closings) If investigator recommends a formal charge, s/he must present charge at the College or University Honor Court hearing If investigator recommends a formal charge, s/he must present charge at the College or University Honor Court hearing If presenting charge, s/he cannot also vote during proceedings If presenting charge, s/he cannot also vote during proceedings

10 Rights of Accused Notice of Charge must be specific, listing charges, possible penalties and student’s rights. Student must be advised who/how to contact someone to request a hearing and must be informed of the deadline to request a hearing Notice of Charge must be specific, listing charges, possible penalties and student’s rights. Student must be advised who/how to contact someone to request a hearing and must be informed of the deadline to request a hearing

11 Procedure after Notice of Charge Accused has 5 working days to respond to college honor council president indicating: Accused has 5 working days to respond to college honor council president indicating:  Intent to plead guilty and accept penalty from dean, or  Intent to refute charge and request a hearing using one of 3 options

12 Options for Hearings Uniform Administrative Procedures – Chancellor appoints hearing officer, campus counsel prosecutes, student can have lawyer (his/her expense) Uniform Administrative Procedures – Chancellor appoints hearing officer, campus counsel prosecutes, student can have lawyer (his/her expense) College Honor Court – president of college HC adjudicates and follows procedures dictated by college; no lawyers but advisor can participate College Honor Court – president of college HC adjudicates and follows procedures dictated by college; no lawyers but advisor can participate University Honor Court – each college provides 2 nominees and VCAA appoints panel of 7, with 2 from college of accused; advisor but not lawyer University Honor Court – each college provides 2 nominees and VCAA appoints panel of 7, with 2 from college of accused; advisor but not lawyer

13 Right to Impartial Hearing For College and University Honor Courts, accused can request removal of members deemed biased; students on HC must recuse themselves if they cannot be impartial. Honor Council president adjudicates requests relating to College Honor Court. VCAA or chair of panel reviews requests relating to University Honor Court For College and University Honor Courts, accused can request removal of members deemed biased; students on HC must recuse themselves if they cannot be impartial. Honor Council president adjudicates requests relating to College Honor Court. VCAA or chair of panel reviews requests relating to University Honor Court

14 Guidelines for Hearing Hearing held as soon as possible Hearing held as soon as possible Court members define process for hearing including who can testify; Court members define process for hearing including who can testify; Court not bound by strict legal rules Court not bound by strict legal rules Accused hears all evidence and can question witnesses; can request other witnesses and provide additional evidence Accused hears all evidence and can question witnesses; can request other witnesses and provide additional evidence Hearing is recorded Hearing is recorded

15 Other Guidelines Accused cannot participate in deliberations Accused cannot participate in deliberations Guilty verdict rendered if preponderance of evidence supports accusation Guilty verdict rendered if preponderance of evidence supports accusation Votes are recorded; majority required for any decision; quorum required is 5 Votes are recorded; majority required for any decision; quorum required is 5 Anyone formally involved in case as accusers or as witnesses will be advised of decision Anyone formally involved in case as accusers or as witnesses will be advised of decision

16 Penalties Court members can suggest penalty, but final decision is determined by the college Dean; penalty should match the severity of the infraction Court members can suggest penalty, but final decision is determined by the college Dean; penalty should match the severity of the infraction Dean (or designee) must respond within 10 days of receipt of a court decision Dean (or designee) must respond within 10 days of receipt of a court decision

17 Alleged Violation Report to HC President, Investigator Assigned Investigator Reviews case NO STOP Yes Student advised, given options Pleads Guilty Dean decides punishment Refutes Charge Student chooses hearing option Student Judicial Process College or University Honor Court Hearing Administrative Hearing (APA)

18 Hearing Outcomes College/Univ. Honor Court Hearing Not guilty STOP Guilty Verdict to Dean, Penalty Assigned STOP Student Appeals Appeal Penalty to Chancellor Student Accepts

19 Hearing Outcomes Administrative Hearing (APA) Not guilty Guilty Hearing Judge Appointed, date set, Hearing held Chancellor Assigns Penalty Penalty Appealed Chancery Court, Davidson County STOP Penalty Accepted STOP

20 Appeals Appeal of a Dean’s action must be filed with the Chancellor, in writing, within 10 days of receipt of his/her decision. Student has the burden of proving the recommendation was unfair Appeal of a Dean’s action must be filed with the Chancellor, in writing, within 10 days of receipt of his/her decision. Student has the burden of proving the recommendation was unfair Chancellor or designee must respond in 10 working days after receipt of appeal; his/her decision is final Chancellor or designee must respond in 10 working days after receipt of appeal; his/her decision is final

21 Responsibilities of Council Accusations must be investigated promptly Accusations must be investigated promptly Confidentiality must be maintained – reputations are difficult to rebuild Confidentiality must be maintained – reputations are difficult to rebuild Members should seek counsel from faculty advisors, administrators, classmates as needed (ex. Review a tutorial on plagiarism if case involves this charge) Members should seek counsel from faculty advisors, administrators, classmates as needed (ex. Review a tutorial on plagiarism if case involves this charge)

22 Concluding Remarks Your job is vital to health/reputation of institution - must be carried out without bias Your job is vital to health/reputation of institution - must be carried out without bias Effectiveness in role requires you to be dispassionate and thorough Effectiveness in role requires you to be dispassionate and thorough

23 Frequently Asked Questions Can you give us some suggestions for handling the hearings? Council should discuss how they want to handle testimony beforehand – you should determine who will speak and what is relevant. You should set the ground rules for anyone coming before you and halt the hearing if participants break these rules. Can you give us some suggestions for handling the hearings? Council should discuss how they want to handle testimony beforehand – you should determine who will speak and what is relevant. You should set the ground rules for anyone coming before you and halt the hearing if participants break these rules.

24 FAQ’s Continued What role should faculty play at hearings? Their role is as an advisor or as someone providing testimony, not as a prosecutor or defense lawyer What role should faculty play at hearings? Their role is as an advisor or as someone providing testimony, not as a prosecutor or defense lawyer How do we prevent retaliation against accusers? These matters are confidential and those spreading rumors are in violation of the honor code. Enforce this principle How do we prevent retaliation against accusers? These matters are confidential and those spreading rumors are in violation of the honor code. Enforce this principle


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