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October 2004 To: Faculty, Staff, and Students
 

Summary: October 2004
To: Faculty, Staff, and Students:
The Honor and Discipline Committee reports to the College twice each year about the nature of
the cases it has heard, the judgments it has made, and the penalties it has determined. This report covers
the meetings of the Committee that reviewed cases that occurred during the Spring 2004 semester.
Following this report is a report on disciplinary activity in the Dean's Office.
Report of the Honor Committee
The Committee heard five cases during the Spring 2004 semester.
1. A first year student was accused of consulting course material while taking an exam when that
had been expressly forbidden. The student was found guilty and the Committee imposed failure
in the course and one year of Disciplinary Probation.
2. A first year student was accused of plagiarizing substantial sections of a paper from sources
found on the Internet and presenting the work as their own. The student admitted to using the
sources without citation and was found guilty by the Committee. The Committee imposed
failure in the course and Disciplinary Probation for one year.
3. A junior was accused of improper citation in a laboratory report. The student presented evidence
that the materials were referenced, albeit poorly, and that the professor had given the student
confusing instructions on how to properly cite scientific material. The student also demonstrated
that they had followed the basic structure for citation found in the laboratory manual. The
Committee found the student innocent of any Honor Code infraction.

  

Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College

 

Collections: Physics