The Honor Board handles potential Honor Code violations in two ways—a traditional hearing or an alternative resolution process.
The Honor Board chooses to hold a traditional hearing when they feel as though the confronting and confronted parties’ perspectives differ, they do not have a clear understanding of the events that took place, and they want to ask clarifying questions. A traditional hearing is also usually held when the Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Head of the Honor Board feel that bringing representatives from the board in to ask questions and weigh in on the situation would be useful to come to a fair resolution that is proportionate to the breach of the code.
An alternative resolution process usually occurs when there is consistency between the confronting and confronted parties’ statements, a clear understanding of the events that took place, and the Dean of the Undergraduate College and the Head of the Honor Board have minimal clarifying questions for either party. An alternative resolution process typically occurs as a small-group meeting with both the confronted and confronting parties, the Head of the Honor Board, the Dean of the Undergraduate College, and the student’s dean, where everyone discusses the situation and comes to a common understanding about what a proportionate resolution would look like in the given situation.