Honor Code

Overview

The Honor Code of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is designed to foster and develop a climate of honesty and integrity by giving students a primary responsibility for upholding the standards under the Honor Code. The Honor Code is based upon the assumption that each student recognizes the fundamental importance of honesty. Students are responsible for conducting themselves in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Honor Code, and insuring that other members of the University community uphold the standards as well.

The Honor Code is administered by the Office of Student Conduct.

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Process

This section is currently being updated to reflect changes to the new Honor Code, which was adopted on January 1, 2020. Please refer to the Honor Code for more information. 

Methods of Resolution 

At any time during the Honor Code process, a faculty member Complainant may propose to the Respondent to resolve allegations or charges of Honor Code violations by Resolution Agreement in lieu of a Formal Hearing: 

  • Honor Code Hearing Waiver: A proposed resolution agreement using the form provided by the Office of Student Conduct. The Respondent may accept the proposed resolution and sanctions (if applicable) by signing the proposed Honor Code Hearing Waiver. The Honor Code Hearign Waiver will become binding and effective after it is signed by the Respondent and the faculty member Complainant. The faculty member Complainant must send the fully-executed Honor Code Hearing Waiver to the Office of Student Conduct within five (5) business days after the agreement has been fully-executed.

Charges of violations of the Honor Code may be resolved through one (1) of three (3) types of Formal Hearings, depending on the gravity of the disciplinary sanctions proposed for the charge:

  • Honor Code Officer HearingAn Honor Code Officer Hearing is held before and conducted by an Honor Code Officer. The Honor Code Officer serves as the decision-maker in determining whether the Respondent is responsible for the charged Honor Code violation(s) and the disciplinary sanction(s), if any, to be imposed.
  • Honor Code Board Hearing: An Honor Code Board Hearing is held before a panel of Honor Code Board members and chaired by an Honor Code Board Chairperson. The Honor Code Board members serve as the decision-makers in determining whether the Respondent is responsible for the charged Honor Code violation(s) and the disciplinary sanction(s), if any, to be imposed.
  • Uniform Administrative Procedures Act: A Uniform Adminsitrative Procedures Act (UAPA) Hearing is held before an Administrative Law Judge, who is appointed by the University's Chancellor. The UAPA Adminsitrative Law Judge serves as the decision-maker  in determining whether the Respondent is responsible for the charged Code violation(s) and the disciplinary sanction(s), if any, to be imposed.

Please refer to the Honor Code for more information.