Summary: November 2007
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 stemmed from incidents that occurred during the
Spring 2007 semester. Following this report is a report on disciplinary activity in the Dean's Office.
Report of the Honor Committee
The Committee heard 14 cases:
1. A junior was accused of plagiarizing ideas without attribution. The student presented evidence
that they had arrived at their thesis independent of any outside source. The Committee found the
student not guilty of an Honor Code violation.
2. A junior was accused of plagiarizing from the Internet site, SparkNotes, for a paper. The student
admitted to the inappropriate use of the material. The Committee found the student guilty and
imposed failure in the paper and a Letter of Warning.
3. A senior was accused of plagiarizing material from the Internet. The student described a hurried
writing process that resulted in improper punctuation and sloppy writing, but maintained that
there was not a purposeful attempt to deceive the professor. The Committee found the student
guilty and imposed failure in the paper and disciplinary probation for one semester.
4. A sophomore was accused of plagiarizing from the Internet. The student used ideas contained in
the site and represented them as their own. The Committee found the student guilty and imposed