Honors and Ethics Council Code of Ethics and Oath

Code of Ethics for Members of the Honor and Ethics Council

  1. A member’s public and official behavior should be beyond reproach and free from impropriety or the appearance of impropriety.
  2. No member should mention, comment upon, or discuss a case in any manner except when the Council itself is sitting to consider the case. This applies to both open and closed proceedings. When the accused has elected an open hearing, the chair or the conduct officer may discuss issues publicly raised by the accused.
  3. A member should refrain from learning about the case prior to the hearing.
  4. A member should not be swayed by partisan demands, public clamor, or consideration of personal popularity or notoriety, nor be apprehensive of unjust criticism.
  5. A member should disqualify themselves from a case if it can be reasonably inferred that the member is incapable of rendering an impartial judgment.
  6. When considering a case, a member should always bear in mind that the member is deciding whether a particular University policy, regulation, or statute has been violated. A member, however, should consider the welfare of the individual and the integrity of the College community in setting sanctions for violations.
  7. Violations of this Code of Ethics should be reported to the Judicial Council.

Oath for Members of the Honor and Ethics Council

Each newly appointed student member of the Honor and Ethics Council will take the following oath to be administered by the Dean of the College:

I do solemnly affirm that I will work to the best of my ability as a member of the Honor and Ethics Council to render fair judgments, 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.