What to Expect at a Hearing
Honor Council hearings are not courts of law. Rather, they are intended to serve an informative and educational purpose for the accused, hearing board members, and University officials alike. Though the University vests hearing board members with an important judicial function, hearing boards are not constituted as arenas to try or prosecute students. Rather, they serve as a forum to find and discuss the facts of the case, consider any special circumstances encumbered by the accused, and then to evaluate the behavior of the accused according to the University’s established guidelines for honesty and integrity in the pursuit of scholarship. Ultimately, the hearing board is charged with making decisions that will serve a mutual interest for Georgetown in its mission to educate each student from a “whole person” standpoint while fulfilling its obligation to preserve academic integrity.