Faculty Honor Code Participation
The cooperation and support of the faculty are essential in carrying out the spirit and principles of the Honor Code. They, too, benefit from the freedom created by living in a community of honesty and trust. Likewise, the faculty have individual and corporate responsibility to uphold the Honor System.
Reporting a Violation
The faculty should report any suspected violation of the Honor Code to the Chair of the PA Honor Council Committee, and the procedures explained in this document shall be implemented. The reporting faculty member shall have the same rights, obligations, and responsibilities under the Honor System as any student reporting a suspected violation.
No Other Penalty
All suspected or confirmed violations of the Honor Code shall be dealt with solely under the Honor System as described herein. No faculty member may take any other independent actions toward the accused or sanctioned student, such as lowering the student's grade or failing him or her in the course. The only penalties or sanctions which may be imposed against an accused student are sanctions imposed under the Honor System.
Reducing Temptations and Misunderstandings
The faculty shall use their best efforts to minimize the potential for misunderstandings and to reduce temptations to violate the Honor Code.
For example, the faculty shall:
- Give clear directions and instructions concerning course requirements and the limits of acceptable collaboration in coursework
- Carefully maintain the security of examinations
- Clearly explain whether old examinations may be used by students in preparing for current examinations, being sure to make such old examinations equally accessible to all students when their use is permitted
Updated May 2011