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Graduate Honor System

The Graduate Life Center just before dawn

The Graduate Honor Code establishes a standard of academic integrity and  demands a firm adherence to a set of values with respect to the intellectual efforts of oneself and others.

Compliance with the Graduate Honor Code requires that all graduate students exercise honesty and ethical behavior in all their academic pursuits at the university. 

Learn more about the Graduate Honor System and the Honor Code:

Contacts

Chair:

Kayla Alward (interim chair Fall 2020), ghs@vt.edu
Kayla is a doctoral student in dairy science. As Chair of the GHS, she ensures that justice, fairness, and due process are exercised in all operations of the Graduate Honor System. Kayla recruits and trains graduate student and faculty panelists and associate chairs, and orients graduate students to the values and obligations described in the Honor Code. Kayla presides at all Review Panel hearings and coordinates the activities of the Graduate Honor System. She also represents the Graduate Honor System at Commission of Graduate and Professional Studies and Policies (CGPSP) meetings.

Associate Chair:

Sara Cloft (2019-20, 2020-21)
Sara is a doctoral student in animal and poultry sciences. As associate chair, Sara gathers evidence and conducts interviews with the referrer and the referred student(s). She prepares a brief report summarizing the interviews and evidence, and presents the case to a Preliminary Review Panel. The associate chair may also attend and present the evidence to the Review Panel. The associate chair supports the outreach activities of the chair and assists with conducting training sessions.

Advisor: 

Monika Gibson
As advisor, Monika provides confidential and neutral counsel to faculty and students regarding cases and GHS procedures. She attends all preliminary review panel and review panel meetings in a non-voting capacity to ensure that all GHS procedures are properly followed. The advisor assists with the training of the Chair, Associate Chair(s), Facilitators, and new panel members. She advises the Chair and Associate Chair(s) in the preparation of cases and provides staff for the administration of the Graduate Honor System.

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Graduate School (0325) 
231-9564

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