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It is the obligation of all members of the academic community to report alleged violations of the Graduate Honor Code (Article I, Section 1). According to the Graduate Honor System Constitution, “reporting the observance of a Graduate Honor Code violation shall not be optional; it shall be mandatory.”

Suspected violations of the Graduate Honor Code must be reported within ten (10) University business days after the date of discovery. Only under very special circumstances shall exceptions to this policy be granted, and then only at the discretion of the Chief Justice and the Graduate Honor System Advisor.

Violations should be reported to the Chief Justice or the Graduate Honor System Advisor in writing, using the report form. Submit the form and relevant attachments to the Graduate Honor System, c/o Graduate School (0325), 117 Graduate Life Center.

The receipt of an Honor System referral is acknowledged in writing by a letter to the accused student(s) and the referrer.

The rights and responsibilities of the referrer

A person referring charges of a Graduate Honor Code violation against a graduate student shall be accorded the following rights and bear the following responsibilities.

Rights of the Referrer

  • Discussion of the charges between the referrer and accused prior to the Judicial Panel hearing shall be allowed, although the referrer shall have the right to decline to discuss the charge with the accused. The referrer shall have the right, with the permission of the accused, to have one witness present when talking with the accused about the alleged violation.
  • The referrer shall have the right to choose one person (any member of the university community, such as a graduate student, a faculty or staff member, or department head) to assist them in preparation of the case. This person is not allowed to be present at the Judicial Panel hearing or during a Facilitated Discussion.
  • The referrer shall have the right to terminate a Facilitated Discussion at any time, without reason.
  • The referrer shall have the right to review the report prepared by the Investigator, prior to the scheduling of an Investigative Board.
  • The referrer shall have the right to suggest corrections and/or additions to the report prepared by the Investigator, prior to the scheduling of an Investigative Board. The referrer shall have the right to receive a copy of the evidence collected during the investigation, the "Order of Events for Judicial Panel Hearings," and any other pertinent information, if the Investigative Board sends the case to the Judicial Panel.
  • The referrer shall have the right to receive written notification of the final disposition of the case.
  • The referrer shall have the right to be secure in person and property.
  • Professors referring charges of violations may opt to grade or refrain from grading any assignment under investigation by the Graduate Honor System. It is recommended that instructors, if they are able to do so, grade the assignment with the assumption that the student is innocent of the charge. However, an incomplete grade may be assigned to the accused student pending the decision of the Graduate Honor System. The incomplete grade will be removed when the case is resolved.

Obligations of the Referrer

A person bringing charges of a Graduate Honor Code violation against another shall accept the following obligations:

  • The referrer shall cooperate with the Chief Justice, the Graduate Honor System advisor, the Investigator, and any other personnel of the Graduate Honor System.
  • The referrer shall be expected to appear at the Judicial Panel hearing.
  • The referrer shall have the responsibility of maintaining confidentiality in all matters pertaining to the case. However, referrers may discuss the case with their counsel (see Article IX, Section 1, item 2). The referrer should be aware that the confidentiality of Honor System proceedings may be covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as outlined on the University Registrar’s website.