Frequently Asked Questions
Honor Council FAQs
What is the Honor Code?
The Honor Code defines academic integrity by three interrelated criteria – honesty, integrity, and fairness. As members of the Colorado College community, all students pledge to never: misrepresent their work and never to mislead instructors or fellow students about their work;
submit work that does not result from their own effort or that omits or improperly acknowledges the work of others relied upon in the submission; and gain an impermissible advantage over their fellow students, including harming other students’ academic work.
What does the Honor Council do?
The Honor Council is a group of your peers who educate the campus community about the Colorado College Honor Code and investigate the potential cases of academic dishonesty brought to our attention.
What if I witness a violation?
If you have any questions, or if you wish to report a suspected Honor Code violation, please don’t hesitate to contact the Honor Council Co-Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I didn’t know I had committed a violation?
Intentional or not, every student is responsible for knowing the Honor Code and applying it to all submitted work. This is why it is so important to always ask your professor if you have questions about any assignment – a rule of thumb is, if you are not sure, ask!
What is the Honor Council’s confidentiality policy?
We take confidentiality very seriously. Before a case is assigned, the co-chair always assures that investigators do not have a COI (conflict of interest) with the student under investigation. Moving forward, the only people on the Council that know any details about a case are the investigators and the co-chair assigned to the case. In no situation does the entire Honor Council discuss the information of specific cases as a group. All Council members – and therefore all investigators – have pledged to follow strict confidentiality guidelines concerning any details about a situation.
What happens if a student is found guilty of an Honor Code violation?
Upon a guilty verdict, the Council will make a recommendation to the student's professor that the student receives a "No Credit" in the class or on the assignment. If the student is found guilty of a flagrant violation, more severe repercussions may be recommended to the Dean's Office. It is important to note that the Council is a purely a recommending body, the professor or administration ultimately decide whether or not to apply the Council's recommendation.
How does a hearing work?
A case is presented to a panel of Honor Council members who were not a part of the investigation phase. Each side of the matter is presented and thoroughly examined. Witnesses include the accused student, the professor of the course, the accuser, eyewitnesses, and others. After the presentation of evidence, members of the panel deliberate and decide whether or not a violation of the Honor Code occurred.
How do I avoid committing an Honor Code violation?
Avoiding an Honor Code violation is often as simple as maintaining excellent communication with your professor about expectations. In many instances, students are unclear about the citation guidelines adhered to by various departments or individual professors for papers. Similarly, it may be vague as to whether students are allowed to leave classrooms, work with partners or use class books and notes on examinations. Thus, the best way to avoid finding yourself in a position of committing an Honor Code violation is to communicate about expectations with your professor.
How do I become a member of the Honor Council?
Honor Council applications are available online at the beginning of 2nd block, emails are typically sent out via the Digest, and all applications are due at the end of Third Block. Once you apply, you may be invited to interview with current members of the Honor Council, where a final decision will be made. The Honor Council accepts new members once a year, so, if it is after Third Block, you may apply the following year.
If you have any questions, or if you wish to report a suspected Honor Code violation, please don't hesitate to contact either Honor Council Co-Chair.
Kat Gruschow '22
Megan Koch '22
George Butte, English
Dan Ellsworth, Mathematics & Computer Science