Suspected Violations of the Student Honor Code of Responsibility
Cases on or off campus involving both undergraduate and graduate students are heard by the Honor Board. Members of the community who violate the Honor Code of Responsibility are encouraged to report themselves immediately to the Secretary of the Honor Board. In the case of a Residence Campus violation, members should report themselves to the advisor to the Residence Campus Conduct Board or the appropriate Residence Life staff member. A student who observes another student violating the Honor Code of Responsibility is encouraged to inform her/him of the alleged violation and urge her/him to report herself/himself to the Secretary of the Honor Board, advisor to the Residence Campus Conduct Board, or an appropriate member of the College. The observing student is also encouraged to report the case to the appropriate board.
Simmons encourages all members of the community to report violations. As guardians of the Honor Code, all community members should be able to report violations without fear of retaliation by fellow students, faculty, staff, or any other members of the Simmons Community. Swift action will be taken in response to any reports of retaliation.
Faculty and administrators who observe or suspect a student of violating the Honor Code of Responsibility are encouraged to first discuss the matter with the student and then report the incident to the Secretary of the Honor Board. Mutual responsibility is a very important strength of the Honor System, and abiding by the system is each person's inherent responsibility to the community as a whole. This is a difficult obligation; however, without it, the integrity of the Honor System cannot be maintained.
Should a member of the faculty or the administration be suspected of violating the Honor Code of Responsibility, she/he should be so informed by the person or persons observing the violation and urged to report herself/himself to the Secretary of the Honor Board. The observing party is asked to report the case to the Secretary of the Honor Board, as well. The Office of Human Resources and/or the appropriate school Dean, Department Head, or College Provost staff may become involved in these matters.