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James Madison University Honor Code

IV. Potential Resolution by Faculty or Staff Member

  1. If a faculty or staff member has reason to believe that an Honor Code violation has occurred – due to either the faculty or staff member's own observation or a report by a third party – the faculty or staff member should discuss the matter with the student and consider whether the behavior is a violation of the Honor Code. The faculty or staff member shall not communicate the identity of any third party reporter(s) to the student. The faculty or staff member then has the following three options:
    1. If the faculty or staff member determines that there has been no Honor Code violation, the matter is outside the scope of the Honor System.
    2. If the faculty or staff member is unsure as to whether an Honor Code violation has occurred, the faculty or staff member will take one of the following actions:
      1. refer the matter to the Honor Council coordinator for disposition under Section V, Investigations and Charges by Honor Council; or
      2. deal with the matter with the agreement of the student, without determining that a violation has occurred. If there is no agreement, either the faculty or staff member or the student may refer the matter to the Honor Council coordinator for disposition under Section V.
    3. If the faculty or staff member determines that an Honor Code violation has occurred, the faculty or staff member will take one of the following actions:
      1. refer the matter to the Honor Council coordinator for disposition under Section V; or
      2. determine the appropriate penalty from Section VII, Penalties, either VII.A.1. (reduced or failing grade in applicaple area) or VII.A.2. (reduced or failing grade in the course). If the student agrees a violation has occurred, the faculty or staff member reports the violation and penalty using the "Informal Resolution Agreement Form" to the Honor Council coordinator who will promptly complete all the appropriate documentation. If the student disagrees with the violation determination and/or the penalty, the matter is referred by the faculty or staff member or the student to the Honor Council coordinator for disposition under Section V. If the student disagrees only with the penalty, a hearing body will determine the penalty.
  2. At any time prior to reaching an agreement regarding responsibility and the penalty, either the faculty or staff member or the student may refer the matter to the Honor Council coordinator for disposition under Section V; however, once a matter is so referred, there is no longer any possibility of informal resolution (per section IV.A.3.b.) or resolution by agreement (per section IV.A.2.b.) between the faculty or staff member without the permission of the Honor Council coordinator. If a matter is referred for disposition under Section V, the hearing body will not be informed of the faculty or staff member's opinion on the appropriate penalty.

  3. A faculty or staff member has the option of consulting with the Honor Council coordinator to obtain the assistance of the Honor Council investigators, to obtain advice about an appropriate penalty, or to obtain other advice or assistance with respect to the matter in question. Any such consultation will not constitute a referral of the matter to the Honor Council coordinator for disposition under Section V.