To: Faculty, Staff, and Students:
The Honor and Discipline Committees report to the College twice each year about the nature of the cases heard, the judgments made, and the penalties and sanctions that were decided. This report covers the meetings of the Committee that reviewed cases that occurred during Fall of 2006 and Winter Study of 2007. Following this report is a report on disciplinary decisions of the Dean’s Office.


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Report of the Honor Committee

The Committee heard nine cases during the Fall of 2006 and Winter Study of
2007.

1. A first-year was accused of consulting the on-line source, BlackBoard,
while taking a self-scheduled exam. The student had been expressly told by
the Professor not to access BlackBoard during the exam. The student
admitted to the charge. The Committee found the student guilty and imposed
failure in the course and Disciplinary Probation for the remainder of this
academic year.

2. Two first-years were accused of inappropriately collaborating in a
number of writing assignments. In addition, one of the assignments was
plagiarized from the Internet. The students admitted to the charges. The
Committee found both students guilty and imposed failure in the course and
Disciplinary Suspension of not more than one year, with the term of the
suspension being determined by the Dean.

3. A sophomore was accused of improper attribution in a paper. The student
described to the Committee, in great detail and using substantial supporting
evidence, the writing process for this and all of their papers. It was
clear that a tremendous amount of research was done for the paper. The
Committee determined that this was not a deliberate attempt to violate the
Honor Code, but was a violation nonetheless. The Committee found the
student guilty and imposed failure in the paper, a requirement that the
student work with a writing tutor, and a Letter of Warning.

4. A junior was accused of not properly acknowledging an important source
for ideas used in a paper. The student presented a detailed description of
the intellectual process behind the essay. The Committee determined that
there was no intention to misrepresent the ideas as the student’s own and
found the student not guilty of an Honor Code violation.

5. A junior was accused of improper citation in a number of papers
submitted for a course. The student claimed they made an unintentional
mistake and that they understood how to cite properly. However, the facts
demonstrated that the bulk of the paper was directly copied from other
sources. The Committee found the student guilty and imposed failure in the
course and Disciplinary Probation for the student’s remaining time at
Williams. In addition, the student is required to work with a writing tutor
for future writing assignments.

6. A senior was accused of plagiarism and improper citation in a paper.
The student admitted to the charge and took full responsibility for their
actions. The Committee found the student guilty and imposed failure in the
course and placed the student on Disciplinary Probation for their remaining
time at Williams.

7. A junior was accused of falsely representing the existence of work to a
member of the faculty. The student admitted to their behavior, and
described the pressure and circumstances that led to their behavior. In
fact, the student, on their own accord, apologized to the faculty member
soon after the incident. The Committee found the student guilty and imposed
failure in the course.

8. A first-year was accused of improper citation in a paper. Attempts to
attribute work in the paper were done improperly or not at all. The
Committee found the student guilty of an Honor Code violation and imposed a
directed failure in the assignment and Disciplinary Probation until the end
of this academic year. In addition, the student is required to work with a
writing tutor for future writing assignments.

9. A first-year was accused of copying from another student during an exam.
The student admitted to the charge and took full responsibility for their
actions. The Committee found the student guilty and imposed failure in the
course and Disciplinary Probation until the end of this academic year.

Report of the Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee consists of all members of the Honor
Committee plus four additional members of the faculty. All members of the
Committee vote. During Fall of 2006 the Discipline Committee heard two
appeals concerning a student’s alleged inappropriate behavior and determined
that the student was innocent. No cases were heard during Winter Study of
2007.

Respectfully submitted
2006-2007 Honor-Discipline Committee:

Professor Duane Bailey, Faculty Chair
Sarah Ginsburg ’07, Student Chair
Nancy A. Roseman, Dean of the College

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Dean’s Office Action

During Fall of 2006, there was one student suspended for violation of
community standards regarding violent behavior.

The Campus Safety and Security Department conducts initial discussions with
students about underage drinking and marijuana smoking; these discussions
are not a part of the students’ disciplinary record. For Fall of 2006 and
Winter Study of 2007 there were 16 such discussions. In especially
problematic cases, or in the case of repeated warnings, the student is
referred to the Dean’s Office.

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