Guide to The Honor Code and Resources for Academic Integrity for Students
The Honor Code is a contract that students sign before matriculating at CC. In the Code, students agree to foster an environment of academic integrity that holds all students accountable for ethical behavior in academic work. The philosophy of the Code is built on mutual trust between students and faculty that encourages academic independence.
The Honor Council enforces the Honor Code. It is comprised of 20-40 students selected to investigate potential academic violations. The Council responds to allegations of Honor Code violations in a timely and professional manner.
The Honor Code in the Classroom:
Students are expected to read The Honor Council Constitution in the Pathfinder online. This document outlines your rights and responsibilities for academic work at CC. Be aware that professors can set parameters and expectations for ethical conduct specific to their class. Students are responsible for asking professors what guidelines should be followed at the beginning of a class and on any given assignment. Ignorance of these standards is not an excuse for cheating.
If you believe that a violation of the Honor Code has occurred, you should, if comfortable, confront the person who you saw cheating and deter such behavior. You are also obligated to contact the Honor Council via your professor, or any member of the Honor Council or the Honor Council co-chairs or the faculty advisor Dennis McEnnerney. The Honor Council co-chairs will assign a team of investigators to determine if a violation has occurred. The identities of those involved in Honor Council proceedings are kept entirely confidential.
Investigations and Verdicts:
If the Honor Council investigators believe that a violation has occurred, then they will give the accused student two options. The first option is to plead guilty to a violation. In this case, the Honor Council recommends that the professor gives the student a grade of NC (no credit) for the block. The final decision is ultimately up to the professor.
If the student chooses to plead not guilty, then the matter goes to trial. The duration of an investigation and trial should be within a block unless extraordinary circumstances arise. The trial includes testimony from the accuser, the accused, the professor of the class, material witnesses, and two character witnesses of the accused’s choosing. We generally recommend to professors that if a student is found guilty s/he receives a grade of NC (no credit) for the block. In the case of a flagrant first violation or a second violation, the council recommends to President Tiefenthaler that the student be expelled for one year.
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