The Honor Council
The Honor Council operates under the Atkinson Student Affairs Committee. The Atkinson Student Affairs Committee supervises the operation of the Honor Council, processes requests for changes to the Honor Code and Honor Council Bylaws proposed by the Honor Council.
The Honor Council is composed of five student voting members and two advisory nonvoting members to include one member of the chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee and one administrator. Among the five student voting members, there will be one Chair and one Vice Chair of the honor council.
The preferred composition of the voting members of the honor council is one student from the first year of the Early Career/Career Change MBA program, one student from the second year of the Early Career/Career Change MBA program, one student from the first year of the MBA for Professionals program, one student from the second year of the MBA for Professionals program, and one student at large). If there is not a sufficient number of qualified applicants to meet the preferred composition, the council will be composed of five qualified students selected from those who applied for the position.
Honor Council Selection Process
Student voting members of the Honor Council will be chosen by an Honor Council Selection Committee. The Honor Council Selection Committee will operate under the Atkinson Student Affairs Committee. The Honor Council Selection Committee will include representatives of the faculty and administrative membership of the Student Affairs Committee and three students.
Beginning with fall semester 2104, the application process for selection to the Honor Council will occur early in the fall semester. Criteria for selection for the student members of the Honor Council will include a commitment to a culture of honor, leadership, listening and communication skills, and good standing within the academic policies and expectations of conduct of the Atkinson School.
The Honor Council Selection Committee is responsible for marketing the positions and interviewing and selecting candidates. This includes informing all students of the positions available and soliciting applications. The Honor Council Selection Committee will then review the applications, hold interviews with candidates and choose council members.
After the Honor Council Selection Committee has selected the Honor Council, the student Honor Council members will vote for a Chair and a Vice Chair. The non-voting administrator and faculty members will be appointed by the Atkinson Student Affairs Committee.
Student Honor Council members serve for two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) and may apply for re-selection to the Honor Council.
If for any reason a student wishes to resign their position on the council, the Honor Council Selection Committee will select a replacement using the standard selection process previously outlined. The new member will serve as an Honor Council member for the remainder of his/her predecessor’s term.
Responsibilities of Honor Council Members
Honor Council members are responsible for:
- promoting a culture of honor and integrity at Atkinson
- communicating with students and faculty about the Honor Code
- explaining and answering questions about the Honor Code
- conducting hearings
- ensuring privacy related to cases and hearings
- communicating with the designated administrator
- Suggesting amendments for the improvement of the Honor Code
An Honor Council member may opt not to attend a hearing due to a conflict of interest. Council members are expected to attend all hearings and meetings unless there is conflict of interest or in case of an emergency.
All Honor Council members are responsible for maintaining the privacy of the information and documents related to cases and hearings.
The Chair is responsible for running hearings and meetings and informing the designated administrators and Senior Associate Dean about the Honor Council’s recommendations and decisions. The Chair is also responsible for maintaining the privacy of all Council proceedings.
The Vice Chair is responsible for assisting the Chair in his/her duties. In case the Chair is absent, the Vice Chair will serve as Chair. The Vice Chair is also responsible for maintaining the privacy of all Council proceedings.
Honor Council Coordinator works as a graduate assistant under a designated administrator and is not a voting member of the Honor Council. The Chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee or designee will hire an Honor Council Coordinator if they choose to do so. The Coordinator will be selected in the spring and will serve for the summer, fall and spring semesters. The coordinator is in charge of arranging Honor Council meetings and hearings and ensuring an audio recording is made of hearings in the case of appeals. The coordinator also assists the Honor Council in communicating with students and answering questions about the Honor Code and hearing process. The coordinator is responsible for maintaining the privacy of all Council proceedings.
Honor Council Hearings
The Honor Council will conduct a hearing within five working days of referral by the designated administrator about the case and renders a recommendation to the designated administrator who will notify the student and faculty within two working days of the hearing.
All hearings must be attended by at least three out of five student voting members, one faculty non-voting member, and one administrative non-voting member.
Process of hearings: During the hearing each party will be allowed to submit documents and testimony to support their case. The hearing will begin with each party briefly presenting their cases. The council will then direct questions to party A, listen to the answer and then ask clarifying questions to party A. The Council will then repeat the process with party B. This process continues until both parties have presented their full evidence and the council has the information needed. Each party will only address the council. There will be no direct conversation between the two parties.
Each party may bring an advisor to the hearing. The advisor may talk to that party but may not speak for that party.
Hearings are recorded. In the case of appeals, both parties and the Senior Associate Dean or a designated official may make arrangements to listen to the recorded transcript, but they may not receive a copy of the transcript. These documents are private. Official records from Honor Council hearings will be stored in the Dean's office. Official letters to students found responsible for violating the honor code will be added to the student's file and removed from the students file at graduation, except in the case where a violation of academic honesty constitutes part of the case for dismissal of a student.
Decision process: After the hearings, the council has up to two days to come to an agreement and render its decision to the designated administrator. Decisions rendered by the Honor Council must be supported by at least three student voting members regardless of the number of Honor Council members attending the hearings. The Honor Council cannot suspend making a recommendation; all hearings must result in at least three voting members reaching consensus.
Summer semester: During the Summer semester and at the beginning of the Fall semester when there are not yet five student voting members of the Honor Council, a student requesting an Honor Council hearing can choose either to wait until the Fall semester when the next Honor Council is formed or to have their cases processed by an Ad Hoc Honor Council. The Ad Hoc Honor Council will include available members of the current council and other students appointed by the designated administrator as voting members to assure that there are a minimum of three student voting members in the Ad Hoc Honor Council. One faculty and one administrator will be appointed by the designated administrator. Hearing procedures and the decision process are the same as in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Honor Code and Bylaws Amendments
The Honor Council may propose changes to the Honor Code and Bylaws to the Atkinson Student Affairs Committee. The Honor Council Chair will submit proposed changes. Proposed changes must be supported by a majority of the Honor Council before it can be presented to the Student Affairs Committee. To be approved, the revised Honor Code and Bylaws need support from at least four out of five Honor Council Members and two thirds of the Atkinson Student Affairs Committee.
Honor Council Members
- Catherine Rautenkranz - Chair - (2nd year MBA student)
- Jonathan Brooks (MBAP student)
- Alexandra Daas (1st year MBA student)
- Katherine Porras (1st year MBA student)
- Rex White (4th year JD/MBA student)
Chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee
- Professor Larry Ettner