Academic integrity is the cornerstone of intellectual environments. Higher education institutions like Williams College in Massachusetts inaugurate a campus-wide Honor Code to maintain academic integrity. What's unique about Williams College is that its own students voted in favor of establishing an Honor code in 1896, and remains, to this day, a critical component of the school's academic community. Today, only student members of the Honor and Discipline Committee handles and resolves cases of academic misconduct.
As you know, much is to be expected of Williams College students, so it's easy for you to feel overwhelmed. Unfortunately, stress is the ultimate culprit of academic misconduct. In this article, we'll address how Williams College handles allegations of academic misconduct and why you need a student defense attorney to assist you throughout the disciplinary process.
Williams College's Procedures for Handling Academic Misconduct
Reported suspected violations
Reporting potential violations of the honor code is essential to our academic integrity. If you have any reason to believe that the honor code has been violated, even if the suspected violation would be minor, the best thing to do is to inform the Student or Faculty Chair of the Honor Committee as soon as possible. It is the committee's responsibility alone to determine whether or not an honor code violation has occurred.
Before a hearing
A case begins when a member of the community comes forward with evidence that a violation of the Honor Code might have occurred. This personal normally brings the suspected violation to the attention of the Student Chair (SC) or the Faculty Chair (FC). If the Chairs decide that there is sufficient evidence to proceed, the SC meets with the concerned student(s) as soon as possible, informs them of the allegation, and presents them with copies of the supporting evidence.
The conversation between the SC and the accused may become part of the evidence at a hearing at the discretion of the SC. The SC should make clear during the