Procedural Assurances in the Honor Code Process
All students are responsible for upholding the standards outlined in the George Mason University Honor Code. If a student is referred for a violation of the Honor Code, the referring party will conduct an inquiry and will submit the case and copies of evidence to the Office of Academic Integrity. The Honor Committee hearing will be used to determine whether a violation has occurred. The Honor Committee can impose sanctions in those cases where a violation has occurred. The sanctions can be different from the standard sanctions or those originally recommended by the professor if mitigating circumstances exist.
Students referred for violating the University Honor Code are afforded certain procedural assurances. They are as follows:
- To receive written notice of alleged violations.
- To be provided access to information that may be used in an Honor Code hearing. Reasonable access will be provided to materials in advance of a meeting/hearing upon written request from the student to the Office of Academic Integrity. In cases where retaliation is a legitimate safety concern, the information may be redacted or presented in a manner as to prevent identification.
- To examine witnesses presented against the student at a hearing and to produce information on their behalf, including making a statement regarding alleged violations. In an expedited review case, if additional witness testimony is provided, the student will be given access to that in order to prepare their response.
- To not be compelled to be a witness against oneself or to have silence taken as an indication of responsibility for the violation.
- To a decision based on clear and convincing information.
- To not be sanctioned and/or censured unless the Honor Committee, on the basis of the information, is persuaded that the student is responsible for the violation.
- To be accompanied in all formal proceedings by an advisor of the student’s choosing and at the student’s expense. Advisors may only consult with the respondent and are not permitted to speak on the respondent’s behalf or address the Honor Committee. If advisors repeatedly fail to adhere to this requirement they will be asked to leave the hearing room and will not be allowed to participate in the hearing.
- To appeal decisions within the appellate structure provided by the George Mason University Honor System.