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September 18, 2006 To: Faculty, Staff, and Students

Summary: September 18, 2006
To: Faculty, Staff, and Students:
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 occurred during the 2005-2006 school year.
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 2005-2006 school year.
1. A sophomore was accused of copying from another student during a take-home exam. Upon
hearing the evidence, the Committee concluded that copying did not occur, and found the student
innocent of any Honor Code infraction.
2. A junior was accused of violating the Honor Code during a take-home exam, a charge that the
student steadfastly denied. The facts of the case, and the material in question, were unusually
complex and were subject to multiple interpretations. The Committee's deliberation of the case
was difficult and lengthy, and resulted in a majority of the Committee finding the student guilty,
but the required three-quarters majority was not reached. Therefore, a determination of guilt or
innocence was not made and the case was dismissed.
3. A sophomore was accused of copying another student's work and presenting it as their own. The
student admitted to the charge and took full responsibility for their actions. The student
discussed with the Committee various aspects of their personal life that contributed to this poor


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


Collections: Physics