The Graduate Honor System relies on the active involvement of graduate students and faculty members in the processing of Honor System cases and in the dissemination of information about the standards of academic integrity and honesty.

Volunteer as a Panelist

Student and faculty volunteers may be invited to participate in seminars and discussions and serve on Preliminary Review Panels and Review Panels for cases that have been referred to the Graduate Honor System, as their schedules permit.

Preliminary Review Panels comprise five graduate students and two faculty members. Students have full voting privileges. Faculty serve on these boards in an advisory role without voting privileges.

Review Panels comprise four graduate students and three faculty members. Both student and faculty panelists have full voting privileges.

The Graduate Honor System hears approximately 10-30 cases a year. Student and faculty volunteers receive a one-hour training before they are added to the pool of panelists and can serve on a review panel. Hearings are arranged by the Chair of the Honor System based on the availability of volunteers and the parties involved.

Student volunteers are selected for a one-year term, which may be extended for up to four years. Faculty volunteers are selected for a two-year term, which may be extended for up to four years.

If you are interested in becoming a student or faculty panelist, please contact the Chair of the GHS.

Volunteer as an Associate Chair

GHS associate chairs are appointed by the Graduate Honor System Advisor, in consultation with the Chair. In order to be considered for the Associate Chair, students must be enrolled in a degree program in good standing and must have been in residence for at least one (1) semester immediately preceding appointment.

Preferably candidates will have served as panelists for GHS hearings prior to becoming an associate chair. Associate Chairs remain neutral throughout the process in their effort to collect and organize evidence and information from all involved parties and assure due process in all proceedings.

Associate Chairs fulfill the following duties:

  • Assist the Chair with dissemination of information about the Graduate Honor System, and with the convening and conducting of training sessions.
  • Gather evidence and conduct interviews with the referrer and accused student(s).
  • Prepare a report summarizing the evidence of the case for review by the Preliminary Review Panel.
  • Conduct the Preliminary Review Panel meeting and inform the Chair of the outcome of the hearing.
  • Present the evidence, if needed, to the Review Panel.

If you are interested in becoming an Associate Chair, contact the Chair.