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Graduate Honor Council Procedures

  • Once it is determined that an alleged violation falls under GHC jurisdiction, an investigation shall be conducted by a GHC faculty member designated by the GHC chair.  The investigator shall prepare a written report of the findings and recommendations. The investigator shall confer with the GHC Chair to establish whether to take the case to the full GHC. If so, the GHC shall determine by majority vote whether to establish a hearing panel based on the report of the investigator and GHC Chair.
  • The GHC chair shall assign a hearing panel composed of three faculty members and three graduate student members of GHC.
  • All GHC meetings are closed, except by invitation extended by a majority vote. Only the accused, the assigned or invited ombudsperson, and GHC panel members may attend a hearing to determine if a violation has occurred.
  • After the hearing, the GHC hearing panel shall determine if a violation has occurred. The standard for determining if a violation of the Honor Code has occurred shall be preponderance of evidence as under the Honor Council.  A finding of “In Violation” shall require a unanimous vote of the GHC hearing panel. Only GHC members may attend a post-hearing meeting.
  • When a hearing panel makes a finding of “In Violation”, it shall then consider and vote on a penalty, taking into consideration the totality of the circumstances in the case. GHC may review any consensus penalties adopted by the Honor Council or modify these penalties for graduate students.
  • GHC may determine by unanimous vote that special circumstances of egregious violation of course work requirements justify expulsion or prolonged suspension and this recommendation shall be made to the University.
  • In accord with Honor Council procedures, a graduate student may not avoid determination of a violation and penalty by withdrawal, refusal to cooperate with GHC, or failure to attend a scheduled GCH hearing.  GHC may proceed with its process and decision even in such cases.
  • Only anonymous summaries of cases shall be published.  The GHC Chair shall prepare such summaries of violations under the GHC’s jurisdiction.
  • Appeals shall be handled as under the Honor Council Constitution. Student Judicial Programs shall coordinate appeals to the Faculty Appeals Panel and then the President.  Appeal decisions shall be sent to the student, GHC, Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Student Judicial Programs.
  • A graduate student remains in good standing until final outcome for an allegation including appeal.