The College of Idaho has a duty to protect its educational purpose through the setting of standards of scholarship and conduct for students and through the regulation and use of college facilities. Honor Council proceedings play a role in this process.
The Student Life Honor Code is the college's response to students alleged to have violated campus rules and expectations. The policies and procedures in the Student Handbook are intended to be a guide for use by reasonable people to infer appropriate behaviors within the campus community, not a criminal code. In instances when a student's actions may violate both campus rules and criminal laws, the student may be held accountable through both the Student Life Honor Code and through criminal or civil actions. This does not constitute double jeopardy.
Reasonable procedural safeguards are observed to protect the student from the arbitrary imposition of sanctions when the Student Life Honor Code is engaged.
The administration of discipline offers procedural equity to the accused student. Formality of the Honor Council process varies according to the gravity of the offense and potential sanctions. Minor penalties may be assessed informally under prescribed procedure. The jurisdiction of Honor Council, including the student's right to appeal a decision are outlined in this policy.
Students will be informed of the nature of the charges against them, and be given an opportunity to refute them. The College of Idaho is not arbitrary in its actions, and there is provision for the appeal of a decision.