The Student Government Association Senate approved substantial amendments to the Student Academic Honesty Code at Monday's meeting to afford students the right to have an advisor present at the hearing.
Presented by Max Zinner, graduate school senator, the amendments establish organizational and content revisions that simplify the overall process for both students accused of academic dishonesty as well as members of the Academic Honesty Committee.
Substantial content revisions include codifying the right of students to have an advisor of their choosing present during honesty hearings as well as specifying a timeline of five days for the provost office to provide notice for students and instructors in calling on witnesses.
The revisions also will require students who violated academic honesty policies to attend academic honesty courses.
Also a part of the bill, students who are serving a suspension for academic dishonesty will no longer be prohibited from taking courses at another institution during the suspension.
According to the new procedure laid out in the bill, repeat offenders of the academic honesty policy will no longer be automatically suspended, but rather, past academic records as a whole will be considered in the sanctions that are levied. There will also be clearer guidelines for appeals.
The bill also clears up language by placing all rights and responsibilities of students in one chapter of the Code of Laws, while the rights and responsibilities of administrators, faculty and staff were put in a separate chapter, which was not previously the case.
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The Student Academic Honesty Code applies to all students taking classes at Auburn University with the exception of students in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Pharmacy who follow honesty codes established by their respective schools.
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