Sanctioning Introduction

After a Hearing Board finds that a student is In Violation of the Honor System, or the Executive Board for the expedited process considers the case of a student who has admitted to being In Violation, the designated Board will begin a sanctioning process, which consists of two phases.

In the first phase, the Board determines the appropriate sanction for the given offense without consideration of any additional factors.  This recommended sanction provides the starting point for the second phase in which In the second phase of sanctioning, the Board considers any mitigating and exacerbating circumstances. The sanction, which a Board settles on as a majority decision, is a recommendation to the Dean of the student’s school, who will make a final decision regarding sanction. The Dean may not overturn a finding of In Violation, but can reduce or increase the sanction as seems appropriate in the Dean’s experience or judgment.

Hearing Boards: please be reminded that the standard of proof for a finding of In Violation as defined for the Honor System is the preponderance of the evidence. In less legal terms, one might ask, “Is it more likely than not that the student is guilty of academic dishonesty?” This preponderance is based on the presence of more convincing evidence and its probable truth or accuracy, and not on the amount of evidence, or proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” which is the more severe standard for a criminal proceeding. 

An Honor System sanction is above all intended to be an educational outcome, and may be shared with other University personnel on a “need to know” basis. This would include those who in their professional capacity, and in accordance with the Buckley Amendment, have access to a student’s file.