Five students were found not guilty in the three hearings conducted by the Honor Committee between May 10 and Dec. 14, per an email sent Sunday by Gabrielle Bray, chair of the Committee and fourth-year College student. Bray also provided an overview of streamlined case processing, developments in funding for Contributory Health Impairment evaluations and progress in community outreach efforts.
Following the historic referendum passed last spring that altered the Committee’s single sanction policy by reducing the guilty sanction from expulsion to a two-semester leave of absence, case processing came to a halt so all cases could be heard under the new policy. Case processing resumed this fall after the Committee passed by-laws bringing by-law language in line with its constitution.
Between May 10 and Dec. 14, 12 reports were filed with the Committee. Five are currently under investigation. Two students have submitted or will submit a Conscientious Retraction, and six have submitted Informed Retractions. All offenses associated with the reports were a result of cheating on academic assignments or exams.
An Informed Retraction allows a student who has been reported to the Committee for an Honor offense to take responsibility for the offense and make amends. A Conscientious Retraction allows a student who has committed an Honor offense to come forward before they are reported.
The Committee also passed a new by-law which adds notations to student transcripts depending on their Honor offenses. Students found guilty of committing an Honor offense will have a permanent notation that reads “Involuntary Honor Suspension” on their records, while students who file an Informed Retraction will have a temporary notation that reads “Voluntary Honor Leave of Absence.”
Bray also provided an update on the Honor Constitutional Convention. The convention is aimed at soliciting student input as the Committee drafts a multi-sanction system and was first announced in September. It was slated to begin Oct. 17 but was delayed following concerns from Committee members that the planning process had been rushed and did not fully represent the student body. Only two sessions were held before the Convention was postponed after the Nov. 13 shooting, after which the Committee focused its efforts on lobbying for academic support for students.
According to the email, the Committee is currently working with students on Grounds and hopes to give further updates about the Convention in the future. A new timeline for the convention has not been provided to the student body.
The Honor Committee will return for its regularly scheduled meetings on Sunday at 7 p.m.