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 Investigative Boards and Judicial Panels for cases that have been referred to the Graduate Honor System, as their schedules permit.

Each Investigative Board comprises five graduate students and two faculty members. Students have full voting privileges. Faculty serve on these boards in an advisory role without voting privileges.

Each Judicial Panel comprises four graduate students and three faculty members. Both student and faculty panelists have full voting privileges.

The Graduate Honor System hears approximately five to twenty 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 an investigative or judicial panel hearing. Hearings are arranged by the Chief Justice 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 Chief Justice of the GHS.

Volunteer as an Investigator

GHS investigators are appointed by the Graduate Honor System Advisor, in consultation with the Chief Justice. In order to be considered for the Investigator position, 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 Investigator. Investigators 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.

Investigators fulfill the following duties:

  • Assist the Chief Justice 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 Investigative Board.
  • Conduct the Investigative Board meeting and inform the Chief Justice of the outcome of the hearing.
  • Present the evidence to the Judicial Panel.

If you are interested in becoming an investigator, contact the Chief Justice.