Years in the making, the new version of the Honor Code — part of the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance — will include six major changes.
One of these reforms will be the addition of a faculty member to Honor Court hearing panels. The new panels will consist of four students and a faculty member, selected from a predetermined pool of volunteers.
These panels are responsible for hearing both sides of Honor Code violation cases and determining the guilt or innocence of accused students.
Honor Court Chairwoman Dakota Foard — who oversees hearings and is responsible for the training and selection of panel members — said this change was initiated by faculty complaints concerning a lack of inclusion in the hearing process.
“The changes were an effort to be open and responsive to (these) concerns,” Foard said.
The faculty member will only be present in cases of academic dishonesty when the student is pleading not guilty.
Attorney General Raquel Dominguez said as the honor system exists now, faculty members file reports of academic dishonesty but have very little involvement in what happens afterward.
She said faculty members have the chance to become more involved in the hearing process with this change.