Board of Investigators and Advisors Code of Ethics and Oath

Code of Ethics for Members of the Board of Investigators and Advisors

  1. A member’s public and official behavior should be beyond reproach and free from impropriety or the appearance of impropriety.
  2. A member should always bear in mind, both when investigating a case and presenting it before the Honor and Ethics Council and when advising a student, that the primary responsibility is to discover the truth and to present the facts of the case to the Honor and Ethics Council in a clear and cogent manner.
  3. A member should advise students to the best of the member’s ability within the bounds of Wake Forest University policies and procedures.
  4. A member should not knowingly advance a claim or defense if it cannot be supported by a good faith argument based upon University policies and procedures.
  5. A member should maintain and protect confidential information concerning the accused student unless the disclosure is permitted by the student, the disclosure is necessary to carry out good faith advising or assistance, or the information concerns criminal activity unrelated to conduct giving rise to the charges under review.
  6. A member should not knowingly conceal or obstruct access to facts or evidence necessary for consideration of a case, make a false statement, use perjured testimony, or counsel a student in conduct which the member knows is unlawful or a violation of University policy.
  7. A member should not discuss the case or cause another to discuss the case with any member of any hearing panel. It is expected that the two (2) members appointed to a particular case, one to investigate and one to advise, will be in regular communication about investigation, both with each other and with the Judicial Liaison in the Office of the Dean of the College.
  8. Violations of this Code of Ethics should be reported to the Judicial Council.

Oath for Members of the Board of Investigators and Advisors

Each newly appointed member of the Board of Investigators and Advisors will take the following oath to be administered by the Advisor to the Board of Investigators and Advisors:

I do solemnly affirm that I will work to the best of my ability as a member of the Board of Investigators and Advisors to discover the truth and to represent accused students fairly, that I will observe the Code of Ethics, that I will adhere to the University’s conduct policies and to the rules and regulations of the University, and that I will always be mindful of the interests of the student, as well as the interests of the University and the public.