Honor Code

Overview

The Honor Code 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. 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 administered by the Honor Court, a committee consisting of students and faculty. The Honor Court hears cases of alleged violations of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Honor Code.  Faculty representatives are appointed by the Faculty Senate.  Student representatives 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. 

To view the Honor Code, please visit the Student Handbook

Process

The Honor System uses the following process for resolving alleged academic violations of the Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures:

  1. Report
    An Incident Report (IR) is completed online by a course instructor or academic department head.

  2. Review
    Incident Reports are electronically forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Students for initial review. Incident Reports found to have alleged violations of the Honor Code are assigned to the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students will setup an initial meeting with the Complainant (accuser), as needed.

  3. Investigate
    The Office of the Dean of Students conducts an investigation (if required) and has an initial meeting with the Respondent. The Respondent is presented with their rights and options for resolution. The Respondent must decide whether to accept an Honor Court Waiver (if offered by the referring faculty member) or to go before the Honor Court.

  4. Hearing
    If the Respondents is offered and accepts the Honor Court Waiver, the student agrees to the grade on the assignment, examination, or course as recommended by the instructor. If the waiver is not offered or the Respondent chooses, the case will go before an Honor Court Hearing. All available information is reviewed and witnesses interviewed. A resolution as to whether the Respondent is Responsible or Not Responsible is determined by the Honor Court. If found responsible, the Honor Court will determine the appropriate sanctions.

  5. Decision
    The Office of the Dean of Students will generate a letter outlining the decision and any sanctions assigned. The letter is provided to the Respondent, as well as placed in their conduct file. The Office of the Dean of Students follows-up with the Respondent in regard to any assigned sanctions.

  6. Appeal
    The Respondent and the referring faculty member may appeal to the Chancellor.

Hearings

The University has two different options for resolving alleged academic violations.

  • Honor Court Waiver: A waiver is offered by the referring faculty member as an informal and expedited resolution to alleged violations of the Honor Code. Respondents signing the waiver admit responsibility for the violation and accept the modified assignment, examination, or course grade. 

  • Honor Court Hearing A case is heard before the Honor Court, which is comprised of Students and Faculty. These individuals receive basic training from the Office of the Dean of Students. A quorum of at least three students and three faculty/staff are expected for any hearing.