Handling Alleged Violations of the Student Honor Code

The Student Honor Code AOP 12.07 designates the Student Honor Code Office as the administrative coordination point for handling all cases of academic misconduct. The faculty member has the option of handling the case individually or to refer the case to the Student Honor Code Office. When a faculty member chooses to handle the case individually, this is the process:

A faculty member may handle cases directly in the following situations:

  1. It is a first time offense.
  2. It is not anticipated to result in an outcome greater than an XF.
  3. The student does not request referral to the Student Honor Code Office.

A faculty member may refer the case to the Student Honor Code Council at any point in the process.

The accused student may appeal the faculty member's report to the Student Honor Code Office.

Faculty Reporting Process

Step 1

Upon learning of alleged academic misconduct, the faculty member shall contact the Student Honor Code Office to report the incident, begin a case file, and obtain background information on the accused student, if any. If the student has a previous record, the case is required to be referred to the Student Honor Code Office for further handling.

Step 2

If there is no previous record and the faculty member decides to handle the case individually, the faculty member will then meet with the accused student. In this meeting, the faculty member shall inform the student of the allegation and give the student the opportunity to be heard.

Step 3

After meeting with the accused student the faculty member will determine if academic misconduct has occurred. If no misconduct is found the case is dropped, no action against the student is taken, and the decision to withdraw the charges is reported to the Student Honor Code Office. If the faculty member determines that there has been academic misconduct, the faculty member determines the severity of the violation and assesses an appropriate outcome in accordance with Student Honor Code policies. The faculty member completes and submits the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form (pp. 16-17) to the Student Honor Code Office.

In all cases, if the faculty member determines the violation deserves a greater outcome than an XF, the case must be referred to the Student Honor Code Office for adjudication.

Step 4

The faculty member meets with the student to notify him/her of the alleged violation, the recommended outcome, and of the adjudication and appeal process. Each student is required to check one of the student response options on the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form and sign the form.

Step 5

If the student accepts responsibility for the academic misconduct and accepts the outcome assigned by the faculty member, the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form is sent to the Student Honor Code Director within five (5) University business days where it is included in the case file and the case is completed.

If the student indicates on the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form that he or she does not agree with the recommended outcome or denies the misconduct occurred, the faculty member submits the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form and all applicable documentation to the Student Honor Code Director within five (5) University business days. This submission begins the process by which the Student Honor Code Office adjudicates the case. Note: In the event that the student’s case is not resolved before the end of the semester, submit the notation “GDP” as their final grade.

The Student Honor Code Director may extend deadlines for extenuating circumstances.

Student Honor Code Staff- If the case is referred to the Student Honor Code Office, the faculty member completes the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form (pp. 16-17) and sends it (along with supporting information) to the Student Honor Code Office for further consideration within five (5) university business days of learning of the alleged incident. The Student Honor Code Director may extend deadlines for extenuating circumstances.

Student Honor Code Council- When a student does not accept responsibility for violating the student honor code, disagrees with the recommended sanction of the course instructor, or has a prior violation of the Mississippi State University Student Honor Code; the case is referred to the Student Honor Code Office for adjudication whether this is done administratively or through the Student Honor Code Council Hearing process.

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