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October 2005 To: Faculty, Staff, and Students

Summary: October 2005
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 2005 semester.
Following this report is a report on disciplinary activity in the Dean's Office.
Report of the Honor Committee
The Committee heard eight cases during the Spring 2005 semester.
1. A senior voluntarily came forward to admit that they had consulted class notes in a closed book take-
home exam. While the Committee greatly appreciated the student's honesty and courage in confessing
to this behavior, this was a clear violation of the Honor Code and the Committee imposed a sanction of
failure in the course and a Letter of Warning.
2. A senior was accused of cheating on a take-home exam. The written evidence, analysis of card
reader information, and testimony by a friend who observed the student taking the exam, convinced the
Committee that the student was innocent.
3. During an exam, a first-year student was found to possess a calculator that had formulas pertinent to
the exam hidden in part of its memory. The student admitted to placing the formulas on the calculator,
but claimed that they did not consult them during the exam. The Committee determined that the student
was guilty of an Honor Code violation for intentionally hiding information in the calculator. While the
student ultimately did not use the information to their advantage, their behavior constituted a violation


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


Collections: Physics