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James Madison University Honor Code

X. Honor System Organization

  1. Academic Affairs Division
    1. The JMU Honor System and its component bodies are organizationally under the Academic Affairs Division.
  2. Honor Council Coordinator
    1. The Provost will recommend and the Honor Advisory Board will approve the selection of the Honor Council coordinator, who will report to the Provost or the designated Associate Vice Provost. The coordinator will have the following duties:
      1. To handle all major correspondence and administrative matters related to the Honor System except matters assigned to the Honor Council officers and investigators.
      2. To coordinate and supervise the selection and training of all Honor Council members including, but not limited to, the executive board and investigators.
      3. To provide assistance to, and supervision of, investigators in the gathering and presenting of evidence related to an alleged Honor Code violation in a professional and impartial manner.
      4. To approve the appointment of additional volunteer investigators to assist in the gathering and presenting of evidence related to an alleged Honor Code violation.
      5. Along with the investigators, to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge a student with an Honor Code violation.
      6. To gather and present evidence at hearings during the summer break or other times when investigators are unavailable.
      7. To serve in the role and capacity of adviser to the Honor Council.
      8. To maintain the Honor System records and prepare reports for the JMU community.
      9. To determine the proper application of provisions of the Honor System in a manner that upholds the spirit and intent of the Honor System.
      10. To take such other actions as may be authorized from time to time by the Honor Advisory Board or the Provost in order to fulfill the spirit and intent of the Honor System.
      11. The Provost may appoint an acting Honor Council coordinator when the Honor Council coordinator is temporarily absent from the university.
  3. Honor Council
    1. The Honor Council will have approximately 106 members as follows:
      1. The president and vice president, who will be selected by the Honor Advisory Board and approved by a Student Government Association-designated committee, which will include representation from the Honor Council. Eligibility for both positions includes being a currently enrolled student in good standing and having served as an Honor Council student representative at JMU for one semester.
      2. Approximately four student investigators to be selected by the Honor Advisory Board.
      3. Approximately 50 faculty members to be nominated from each academic department/school and approved by the Honor Advisory Board, none of whom will hold an administrative position higher than department head or school director.
      4. Approximately 40 undergraduate student representatives to be selected by the Honor Council officers from applications submitted to the Honor Council.
      5. Approximately 10 graduate student representatives to be selected by the Honor Council officers from applications submitted to the Honor Council.
    2. The terms of the members of the Honor Council will be as follows:
      1. The president, the vice president and the investigators will take office on the date of the May graduation following their election and will serve until the next May graduation date.
      2. The faculty members and student representatives will serve for the full academic year following their election, beginning with the start of the fall semester.
    3. The duties of the Honor Council members will be as follows:
      1. President – The president will serve as the chief executive officer for the James Madison University Honor System and will have the following specific duties:
        1. The president will chair all hearing board hearings with no vote. He or she will control the general order of the hearing, ensure that information on both sides is adequately presented and rule on any questions of evidence, procedure or due process. The president may consult with the Honor Council coordinator before making rulings.
        2. The president will not participate in closed deliberations of the hearing board.
        3. The president will be responsible for maintaining adequate communication on Honor System matters with the SGA administrative vice president, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, college deans, departmental liaisons, and the President of the University.
      2. Vice President – The vice president (or, if the vice president is unable to perform the applicable duty, another student to be designated by the Honor Council coordinator) will assume all presidential duties in the absence of the president and will have the following additional duties:
        1. The vice president will serve as a regular voting member of hearing boards.
        2. The vice president will be responsible for organizing all hearing board hearings (including the taping of all hearings and the securing of all tapes).
        3. The vice president will provide assistance to the chairs of special panels and appeal bodies in connection with the organization of those hearings.
      3. Investigators – The investigators are assisted and supervised by the Honor Council coordinator. They are neither prosecutors nor representatives of accused students. They are to act impartially, in a manner that upholds the spirit and intent of the Honor System. Investigators will have the following duties:
        1. The investigators will investigate and gather evidence related to alleged Honor Code violations.
        2. The investigators will decide with the Honor Council coordinator whether there is sufficient evidence to charge a student with an Honor Code violation.
        3. The investigators will provide all relevant evidence at hearings.
        4. The investigators will assume such other duties as may be assigned by the Honor Council president or the coordinator.
      4. Representatives – Student representatives will have those duties assigned from time to time by the officers, including the following:
        1. Representatives will serve on hearing boards and committees when selected to do so and will be responsible for attending all hearings and meetings to which they are assigned.
        2. Representatives will be responsible for communicating with students and faculty members on matters concerning the Honor System.
        3. Representatives will be responsible for actively participating in the development and implementation of special projects, communication methods, and student and faculty orientation to increase both awareness of and support for the Honor System.
    4. Training and Orientation
      1. The Honor Council president, vice president and coordinator will be responsible for the preparation of Honor Council members to fulfill their duties and responsibilities, through one or more training and orientation meetings or other methods.
    5. Removal from the Honor Council
      1. Honor Council officers and investigators may be removed from membership on the Honor Council for violations of the Honor Code, major violations under the University Judicial System, violation of the Honor System confidentiality requirement, academic suspension, or failure to fulfill any of their assigned duties related to the Honor System. A written statement fully describing the reasons for removal and the procedures to be followed must be given to the person being considered for removal at least one week prior to the final vote of the Honor Advisory Board.
      2. An officer or investigator may be removed by the Honor Advisory Board. The person being considered for removal may not vote or be present at the deliberations of the board (which will be closed) but will have the opportunity to address the board before deliberations begin.
      3. Representatives may be removed by the Honor Council officers and coordinator for any of the causes for removal of an officer or investigator, or for failure to fulfill the duties of a representative.
      4. If the president resigns or is removed from office, the vice president will become the new president. A new vice president will then be elected by the Honor Council from the current members of the council, and a new representative will be appointed by the Honor Advisory Board. This procedure will also be followed if the vice president resigns or is removed from office.
      5. If an investigator resigns or is removed from office, the Honor Advisory Board will select a person to complete his or her term.
  4. Honor Advisory Board
    1. There will be an Honor Advisory Board that will be comprised of the following members: the Honor Council coordinator, president, vice president and investigators; the SGA vice president; the Provost (or his or her designee); and one faculty member from each college appointed by the dean of each college. An additional faculty member appointed by the vice president for academic affairs will act as the nonvoting chair of the board. A representative from the Office of Student Affairs, appointed by the vice president for student affairs, will serve as nonvoting secretary. The duties of the Honor Advisory Board will be as follows:
      1. To approve nominations for membership on the Honor Council.
      2. To appoint replacements to the Honor Council in case of vacancies.
      3. To appoint the Honor Council investigators.
      4. To remove Honor Council officers and investigators from the Honor Council.
      5. To act individually and collectively in an advisory capacity to the Honor Council.
      6. To make changes in the procedures, definitions and powers relating to the James Madison University Honor System. Any changes will not reduce the rights of an accused student to receive a fair hearing with full protection of due process.
    2. A quorum at a meeting of the Honor Advisory Board will consist of a majority of its voting members. The board may take action either (i) at a meeting at which a quorum is present – upon the vote of a majority of its voting members who are present at the meeting, or (ii) without a meeting – by the written consent of a majority of its voting members.