The Honor and Ethics Council hears all cases involving academic misconduct, except those handled by the interim process. Its task is to find the truth and render fair judgments.
For any given hearing, the Honor and Ethics Council is composed of five (5) persons: the Dean of the College (or the Dean’s designee), two (2) faculty members, and two (2) students. The faculty and student members that serve on a panel are drawn from larger pools of ten (10) student members and ten (10) faculty members.
The ten (10) faculty members who serve on the Honor and Ethics Council will be appointed by the President of Wake Forest University on the recommendation of the Dean of the College. The term of service is three (3) academic years. Faculty members may serve multiple terms.
The Dean of the College is a permanent member of the Honor and Ethics Council and will serve as presiding officer in hearings. The Dean’s designee(s) may act for the Dean in discharging the responsibilities of this position. The Dean or the Dean’s designee has the same voting privilege as the other four (4) members of the panel but also serves as the presiding officer.
All members of the Honor and Ethics Council have equal standing and will in principle be competent to hear any case. Assignment of individuals to a particular hearing panel will generally be based on availability and equal distribution of the caseload. However, the need to avoid conflicts of interest will be proper grounds for the selection or elimination of a member in a particular case.
The Dean will appoint one (1) person to serve as Judicial Liaison to the faculty. This person may be a member of the Dean’s Office or a member of the faculty. This person will advise faculty members on cases of potential student misconduct in the academic context; will receive academic cases submitted to the conduct system; and will be responsible for overseeing cases in their pre-hearing phase. The Judicial Liaison will not serve on the Honor and Ethics Council.