The UTC Honor System
The Honor System is designed to foster a campus-wide climate of honesty and integrity in order to insure that students derive the maximum possible benefit from their work at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The student becomes subject to the rules and regulations of the Honor Code upon registration.
Each student is obligated to exert every effort to insure that the Honor Code is upheld by himself/herself and others. The Honor System is administered by the Honor Court, a committee consisting of eight students and four faculty members. The procedures which govern the court’s work are described below.
Any student accused of violating the Honor Code has a right to a hearing either before the Honor
Court or in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act. Although the Honor Code applies only to student work, the principles which it embodies, especially the principle of giving proper credit for another’s ideas, are binding upon all members of the academic community.
The Honor System is designed to foster these principles and to develop in students rigorous standards of personal integrity by placing on students the primary responsibility for academic honesty. When it functions effectively, the Honor System creates a vastly more favorable climate for learning than
does the presumption that students will be honest only when no opportunity is afforded them for dishonesty. In order to function effectively, however, the Honor System must have widespread support among students seriously committed to the ideals upon which it is based.
The UTC Honor Court
The UTC Honor Court is a faculty/student committee that hears cases of alleged violations of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Honor Code. Faculty representatives on the UTC Honor Court are appointed by the UTC Faculty Senate. Student representatives on the UTC Honor Court are appointed by the Student Government Association. The Chair of the Honor Court is appointed by the Faculty Senate and is typically a non-voting member. Should there be a tie vote, the Chair of the Honor Court will cast the deciding vote.
Honor Court Process
- If a student is suspected of violating the Honor Code, the course instructor, professor, or department head will submit the allegation to the Dean of Students Office or the Chair of the Honor Court.
- The Dean of Students Office will contact the student and request that the student attend a preliminary conference to discuss the process. During that conference, a dean will explain the process and possibly schedule a date for a Honor Court Hearing. NOTE: If the student fails to appear, a notification of the hearing will be sent to the student providing the date, time, and location of the Honor Court Hearing.
- The Honor Court Hearing will convene and the student charged for violating the Honor Code will be able to accept or not accept responsibility for the Honor Code Violation. During the hearing, the accused student will be allowed to present their position and the circumstances surrounding the allegation. The referring faculty member will also be present. The members of the Honor Court will ask both the student and referring faculty member questions about the circumstances surrounding the Honor Code Violation.
- After the hearing has concluded, both the accused student and referring faculty member will be excused from the hearing location and the members of the Honor Court will enter closed deliberations. Once a recommendation has been made, the Dean of Students Office will notify the accused student and the referring faculty member of the recommendation. The student may appeal the decision to the Chancellor. The referring faculty member may also appeal the decision.