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.
Understanding the Student Life Honor Code
Through accepting membership in the educational community, the student assumes the responsibility to abide by and meet the academic performance standards and student conduct expectations. When a student's behavior appears to come into conflict with campus expectations or policy the student can expect to be confronted and referred to the Student Life Honor Council or Hearing Officer. The specific procedure for a hearing varies according to the level of the violation, however, the following components are common to most hearings. The Dean of Student Affairs has ultimate responsibility for the Student Life Honor Code and can exercise procedural discretion as circumstances warrant.
- Complaint - Anyone can file a complaint using an Incident Report.
- Investigation - In the case of a filed Incident Report, investigations are initiated by the Student Affairs Office or the Student Life Honor Council under the direction of the Student Affairs Office. Upon investigation, the student affairs staff person or Honor Council (under the direction of the Student Affairs Office) will decide whether or not a hearing is necessary and the level of the hearing involved.
- Notice of Charges - A Notice of Charges letter is sent to the individuals involved requesting they appear before Student Affairs or the Student Life Honor Council. If the violator fails to appear a hearing takes place without the alleged violator in accordance with campus policy, Failure to Appear and Finding Without Response (below). A Notice of Charges does not presume guilt.
- Hearing - During the hearing the student explains his/her side and defends his/her actions. Generally, the hearing conducted by the Student Honor Council, though it may be conducted by a designated member of the Student Affairs staff.
- Findings - In cases where a hearing has taken place, the hearing body or officer makes a decision and a Notice of Findings letter is sent, indicating sanctions, if any. In cases where the student has accepted charges through signing a hearing waiver, a Notice of Findings letter is sent indicating sanctions, if any.
- Appeals - The student may appeal the decision. See Appeals below.
- Student completes sanction