Summary: The Honor and Discipline Committee reports to the College 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 stemmed from
incidents that occurred during the 2007-2008 year. Following this report is a report on
disciplinary activity in the Dean's Office.
Report of the Honor Committee
1. A first-year was accused of plagiarizing passages of a Wikipedia entry for an assigned
essay in an English course, changing the wording only slightly. The student took
responsibility for doing this. The Committee did not believe the violation of the Honor
Code was serious enough to warrant failure in the course and recommended failure in the
assignment and disciplinary probation for one semester. The Dean did not accept the
recommendation and imposed failure in the course and disciplinary probation until the
end of the spring 2008 semester.
2. A junior was accused of not attributing ideas and writing from a family member who
helped the student write his/her paper for an English class. The student noted that he/she
was very challenged by the demands of the course and that he/she sought the family
member's help in the assignment. He/She nonetheless maintained that the work in the
paper was his/her own. However, the student's professor had access to a draft of the