Frequently Asked Questions for Student Accusers

Common Questions and Answers For Student Accusers:

Q:  How do I contact the Honor Council to report a suspected violation?

A:  You may report a violation using the "Report Violation" link above. 

  • Complete all fields to the best of your ability. Required information includes; your name, your campus mailbox or local address, your campus e-mail address, correct spelling of the accused name, and a brief description of the violation. WARNING: Inaccurate information will result in processing delays. It is your responsibility to submit the most accurate information. Submission of incorrect information constitutes your mutual agreement for an extension.

NOTICE: THE HONOR COUNCIL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF INCORRECT INFORMATION. PROVIDING INCORRECT INFORMATION WILL RESULT IN DELAYS THAT ARE BEYOND THE HONOR COUNCIL'S CONTROL.


Q:  Will my identity be kept confidential?

A Yes, your identity will remain confidential. The accused does not have the right to know your identity. We will also withhold your identity from the professor of the course at your request, until the potential notification of a hearing outcome is distributed. We will take additional steps to maintain your confidentiality. You are, however, responsible for not discussing this allegation with anyone other than the professor, Honor Council members, and university administrators. The Honor Council is not responsible for your voluntary release of your own identity.


Q:  What happens during the investigation?

AThe Executive-Chair will assign a student member of the Council to investigate the case. You will be required to meet with the investigator to discuss the nature of the accusation. After the initial meeting with you, the investigator will speak to the professor of the course, gather evidence, and speak with any other witnesses involved in the case. Next, the investigator will speak with and present all of the evidence to the accused. If a hearing is necessary, you will be required to attend the hearing. 


Q:  What happens at the hearing?

A At the hearing, six students, members of the Honor Council, three faculty members, your student investigator, and the Chair will be present. The Chair will preside over the hearing. You will be expected to explain the nature of the instance in question. You will be be provided with the opportunity to add any relevant information to the case. After providing your testimony, the Council may ask you questions about your accusation.


Q:  Will I have to face the accused at the hearing?

ANo. At no point will you confront the person you are accusing.


Q: Will witnesses, student accusers, and character witnesses find out the outcome of a hearing?

A: The Honor Council appreciates the maintaining of your responsibility to the academic integrity of Valparaiso University. However, because we value confidentiality, we do not in any circumstance provide student accusers, witnesses, or character witnesses with the outcome of the hearing, case files, etc.

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Contact Information

Honor Council (General)
Meier Hall, Rm 146
Valparaiso University
honor.council@valpo.edu

Honor Council (Appeals)
honor.appeals@valpo.edu