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Honor Council Procedures

In order to ensure a fair hearing for all parties, the Honor Council has established the following procedures:

Prior to the hearing:

The President of the Honor Council will notify both the accuser and the person accused of the charges, and the date, time and place of the hearing. Notification will be made through campus mail and e-mail. This letter will also contain the names of individuals from whom the accused may seek counsel about Honor Council procedures.

The accused may request copies of all evidence submitted in the case. Such requests should be made in writing (e-mail is acceptable) to the President of the Council. Please allow 24 hours for copies to be made. To protect confidentiality, names of any other students involved will be deleted.

The accused may ask up to two members of the Millsaps community - students, faculty or staff - to appear on their behalf. The names of those individuals must be submitted to the Honor Council at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.

At the hearing:

The Honor Council will interview each person (accuser, accused, and witnesses, if any) individually.

The accuser will be asked to explain the circumstances leading to the charges, and to document any evidence submitted to support them.

The President of the Honor Council will read the charges aloud. The accused will be asked to enter a plea of "guilty" or "not guilty", and to present any factual information s/he has about the circumstances leading to the charges.

Witnesses, if any, will be asked to provide any factual information they can that bears on the circumstances leading to the charges.

The Honor Council will then excuse all parties and deliberate the merits of the case. In the event of a determination of "Guilty", the Council will also deliberate the sanctions to be applied. All decisions of the Honor Council take the form of recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is responsible for notifying the accused and the accuser of the results, and for enforcing the sanctions.

The accused may appeal the decision of the Honor Council in writing to the President of the College within a period of 5 days. The President will review the case on procedural and substantive grounds.