|How can I re-build my relationship with the
student after an academic honor code incident?
Answer: Everyone involved in an honor code violation, students and professors alike, has a very different reaction that could range from embarrassment to anger to regret to distrust, and beyond. In order for an honor experience to have a learning component, the instructor should make an effort to talk to the student about the events surrounding the case. For some students, this is their first experience with failure and they may need some mentoring as they grapple with issues of self image and potential failure. A professor who feels unable to help a student who is deeply troubled might suggest the student make an appointment at Elon's counseling center to talk through his/her feelings.
Should a student resist discussion and become destructive or belligerent, the faculty member may want to consider further academic or social honor code charges. In any case, the faculty member should consult his/her chair, dean, or the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs if he or she feels that the relationship with the student has not reached a workable level.