The Faculty Handbook (subsection 4.6.6) states that faculty cannot adjust a student's grade due to a suspected violation of the Honor Code. The Graduate Honor System (GHS) has the sole responsibility to investigate suspected violations of the Honor Code, as well as to impose any penalty for students who have been found guilty of a violation.
When a faculty member has referred a student to the GHS, there are two options for grading the assignment in question:
- If the faculty member can (in good conscience) grade the work assuming that no violation occurred, then he or she is free to do so.
- Otherwise, he or she may give the student an incomplete grade for the course or assignment.
If the student is found guilty of a violation, the minimum penalty includes a grade of "0" (zero) for the particular assignment. This GHS-assigned zero on the assignment may impact the final grade in the course. However, when the GHS penalty does not determine the final grade (in cases when the penalty is less than 1, part g or h), the course instructor must initiate the grade change if the final grade becomes different as a result of the student receiving a zero on the assignment.
It is important to note that when the GHS penalty is less than g or h, the right to assign any final grade is returned to the course instructor. If the course instructor had a grading scheme (outlined in the syllabus) that allowed students to earn extra credit, it is possible that the instructor allows the student to do extra work to avoid a final grade penalty. This decision is entirely up to the instructor; students should not expect to be afforded this opportunity if the instructor chooses not to give it.
If you have questions about a specific grading instance, please contact the GHS advisor.