Frequently Asked Questions (Students)

1.If my professor suspects me, why doesn't he or she talk directly to me?  Why am I forced to see the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs?

Answer:  Elon's faculty handbook requires that faculty members who suspect a violation of the Academic Honor Code contact the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs to report the incident, and not go to the student directly. This policy saves faculty and students from having an uncomfortable encounter and it preserves the student's right to declare that he or she is not responsible.  Having a third party in the process guarantees that the student will have an opportunity to present relevant evidence.  Suspected violations of the honor code can raise emotions on both the faculty and student sides.  It's best to have a neutral party to verify that behavior is suspicious and to present evidence to the student.  Once an honor case is resolved, the student and faculty member should talk to each other about the resulting sanctions and their impact on the student's final outcome in the class.

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