James Madison University Honor Code
IX. Miscellaneous Provisions
- Restrictions on Graduation
- A student who is the subject of an honor investigation or who has been charged with an Honor Code violation may not graduate from the university until the case has been resolved, (i.e., the case has been dismissed or dropped, a hearing has occurred, all appeals have occurred, etc.). a student who is found responsible of (or admits to) an Honor Code violation may not graduate from the university until the student completes any additional course work resulting from the penalty and any suspension period has expired. A student who has been expelled from the university due to an Honor Code violation may neither graduate from nor re-enroll in the university at any time.
- Effects on Official Records
- If a student is expelled from the university because of an Honor Code violation, the student's official university records will so indicate. If a student is suspended from the university because of an Honor Code violation:
- any copy of the student's transcript which is prepared or sent out between the final review and the end of the suspension period will bear the notation "Not in Good Standing," and
- after the end of the suspension period, the grade of "F" in the course in which the violation occurred will remain, but there will be no reference to the honor violation in the student's official transcript, excluding the sanction of transcript notation.
- If neither suspension nor expulsion is assessed due to an Honor Code violation, any grade change in the course in which the violation will remain, but there will be no reference to the Honor Code violation in the student's official transcript, excluding the sanction of transcript notation.
- Records and Reports
- The Honor Council coordinator will keep records of violators (to identify repeat offenders and assess applicable minimum penalties) and of the numbers and types of alleged and actual violations; such records are not considered to be part of a student's "official university records." The coordinator will prepare a report each semester presenting summary data on offenses, results and trends. The coordinator will cause the report to be disseminated to the JMU community; publication in the campus newspaper would be one preferred means of dissemination. The reports will not contain any information that would permit identification of any accused student or of any student who was found responsible of an honor violation.
- Nature of Proceedings
- In adopting the Honor System, the university recognized that errors in procedures and processes may sometimes occur. Thus, a violation of a procedure by a member of the Honor Council or faculty member that would not be expected to result in a different outcome in a particular case, and does not impair the overall fairness of the system should not be considered a violation of the student's due process rights. Similarly, a student should not be unduly penalized for an inadvertent failure to comply with a specific procedure relating to honor cases. The Honor System is designed to be fair while protecting students' rights, and each provision of this Code should be read in that light.
- Application of Honor System in Courses
- Faculty members are strongly encouraged to make reference to the Honor Code in their syllabi and to discuss in class its application to their specific courses and assignments (e.g., clarifying the scope of permissible collaboration, if any, among students). Nevertheless, the student is responsible for being familiar with the Honor system and for complying with the Honor Code.
- All information relating to any honor case should be considered confidential. All who are involved in any honor case must protect that confidentiality.
- If any member of the Honor Council, a hearing board, a special panel or an appeal body believes that there are circumstances (for example, prior acquaintance with the accused student or the reporter) that may impair his or her ability to render a fair judgment or to fulfill his or her responsibility with respect to an honor case in an unbiased manner, that member should request to be excused from his or her responsibilities with respect to the applicable case. If an accused challenges the impartiality of any such member and the Honor Council president or coordinator determines that there is reasonable justification for such challenge (which must be presented as soon as possible after the accused becomes aware of the relevant circumstances), such member will be excused from his or her responsibilities with respect to the applicable case. In any such event, a substitute for the excused member will be appointed by an Honor Council officer or the coordinator.