Handling a Case
The Student Honor Code designates the Student Honor Code Council as the administrative coordination point for handling all cases of academic misconduct. The faculty member has the option of handling the case individually or to refer the case to the Student Honor Code Office. When a faculty member chooses to handle the case individually, this is the process:
A faculty member may handle cases directly in the following situations:
- It is a first time offense.
- It is not anticipated to require a sanction greater than an XF.
- The student does not request referral to the Student Honor Code Council.
A faculty member may refer the case to the Student Honor Code Council at any point in the process.
The accused student may appeal the faculty member's decision to the Student Honor Code Council
Faculty Reporting Process
Upon learning of alleged academic misconduct, the faculty member shall contact the Student Honor Code Office to report the incident, begin a case file, and obtain background information on the accused student, if any. If the student has a previous record, the case is required to be referred to the Student Honor Code Council for further handling.
If there is no previous record and the faculty member decides to handle the case individually, the faculty member will then meet with the accused student. In this meeting, the faculty member shall inform the student of the allegation and give the student the opportunity to be heard.
After meeting with the accused student the faculty member will determine if academic misconduct has occurred. If no misconduct is found the case is dropped, no action against the student is taken, and the decision is reported to the Student Honor Code Office. If the faculty member determines that there has been academic misconduct, the faculty member determines the severity of the violation and assesses a sanction in accordance with Student Honor Code policies. The faculty member completes and submits the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form (pp. 16-17) to the Student Honor Code Office.
In all cases, if the faculty member determines the violation deserves a greater penalty than an XF, the case must be referred to the Student Honor Code Office for adjudication.
The faculty member then meets with the student to notify him/her of the decision, the sanction, and of the adjudication and appeal process. Each student is required to check one of the student response options on the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form and sign the form.
If the student accepts responsibility for the academic misconduct and accepts the sanction assigned by the faculty member, the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form is sent to the Student Honor Code Director within five (5) University business days where it is included in the case file and the case is completed.
If the student indicates on the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form that they do not agree with the sanction or deny the misconduct occurred, the faculty member submits the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form and all applicable documentation to the Student Honor Code Director within five (5) University business days. This submission begins the process by which the Student Honor Code Office adjudicates the case (see section on the Student Honor Code Council Process).
Note: In the event that the student’s case is not resolved before the end of the semester, submit the notation “GDP” as their final grade.
The Student Honor Code Director may extend deadlines for extenuating circumstances.
Student Honor Code Staff- If the case is referred to the Student Honor Code Office, the faculty member completes the Student Honor Code Violation Report Form (pp. 16-17) and sends it (along with supporting information) to the Student Honor Code Office for further consideration within five (5) university business days of learning of the alleged incident. The Student Honor Code Director may extend deadlines for extenuating circumstances.
Student Honor Code Council- When a student does not accept responsibility for violating the student honor code, disagrees with the recommended sanction of the course instructor, or has a prior violation of the Mississippi State University Student Honor Code; the case is entered in the Student Honor Code Council hearing process. The Student Honor Code Office staff will work with the reporting faculty member and student to identify a convenient time to conduct the hearing. Hearing panels are composed of three faculty members, two student members, and one non-voting chair. The panel will make the determination if a student is responsible for violating the Student Honor Code, if the student is found responsible, the council will also decide on an appropriate sanction.
Student Honor Code Council Office
Mississippi State University
2nd Floor YMCA Building
P.O. Box DS
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Mail Stop 9515
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.