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Honor Court

Any member of the USCB community who has reasonable grounds to believe that an infraction of the Academic Code has occurred may report the alleged violation. All individuals pressing charges may be asked to serve as witnesses or to provide information during any hearing resulting from the charges. Infractions of academic discipline should be reported in writing to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Students accused of infractions of academic honesty will be brought before an Honor Court.

The Honor Court will be appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and will consist of three faculty members plus one alternate and two student members plus one alternate. The Honor Court will adjudicate the case and will impose sanctions when necessary.

A student charged with infractions will be sent written notice to appear before the Honor Court at a scheduled hearing. The notice will include:

  1. The general nature of the charge
  2. The time and place of the hearing and
  3. The right to be accompanied by an advisor throughout the hearing process. The advisor, with the written permission of the charged student(s) or student organization(s), may:

    1. Advise the accused regarding preparation for the hearing
    2. Accompany the accused to all conduct proceedings
    3. Have access to evidence to be introduced at the hearing.

NOTE: Advisors are not permitted to participate directly in the hearing process, or to speak for the charged student(s) or student organization(s).

A student who has violated or who has been charged with the violation of any regulation of the University may not be permitted to withdraw from the University without the permission of the Chancellor. A notation of circumstances under which the accused student was permitted to withdraw shall be entered in the minutes of the Honor Court. The withdrawal of a student with or without approval shall not deprive the Honor Court of the power to hear charges against the student. The student charged with infractions shall be present for all testimony, be permitted to call witnesses on his or her behalf, be confronted by witnesses, may question all witnesses, may testify on his or her own behalf and make statements bearing on the matter under consideration.

The Honor Court Chair will introduce the case, calling first on the individual making the charge, then on the student charged with the violation.

The involved parties and/or the court may call witnesses. The court members may question all parties who may decline to answer any or all questions. After both sides have presented their cases and all testimony has been given, the court will deliberate the case. All other participants will be requested to leave. The court will reach a decision by a majority vote. Should a tie vote occur, it will be considered as favoring the student charged. If the decision is unfavorable to the student, the court will impose sanctions according to the regulations below.

Once the court has reached a decision and imposed sanctions (if necessary), the student will be informed both in person (immediately after the decision) and in writing. The results of the hearing will be forwarded to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.