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Academic Violations

Information for Students

View frequently asked questions about Elon's academic integrity policies.

The Student Conduct Process

The following is a summary of the student conduct process. For the official description of the process, please see the Elon student handbook.

Process for Academic Policy Violations
Hearing Sanctioning
Tips for Your Conference and/or Hearing
Preponderance of Evidence
Judicial Advisor


Process for Academic Policy Violations

Professor Conference

If a professor has reason to suspect a possible violation of an honor code policy, he or she will contact you to discuss the potential violation. During this meeting, the professor will:

  • share with you any information/evidence pertaining to the possible violation;
  • explain the charge(s) as defined by Elon University;
  • give you an opportunity to respond to the charge(s) and provide any information or perspective on your behalf; and
  • ask you whether or not you wish to take responsibility for the university charge(s).

If you accept responsibility, the professor will assign course-related sanctions. If you do not accept responsibility, the professor with refer the case to the Elon Honor Board.

Honor Board Hearing

The Elon Honor Board is comprised of students, faculty and staff. Each hearing board is comprised of: three students, two faculty members and one staff member. During the Honor Board hearing, the board members:

  • will gather information on the incident by asking questions and listening to you – the responding student;
  • may gather information on the incident by asking questions of any witnesses or reporting parties;
  • will present evidence or information supporting the charges and allow you to respond;
  • will deliberate in private;
  • will review previous case history only if a student is found “Responsible” by a majority vote; and
  • will conclude with the rendering of a “Responsible” or “Not Responsible” decision.

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Hearing Sanctioning

If a student is found responsible for a violation of the Elon Honor Code, the professor is responsible for assigning class-related sanctions. The Academic Affairs office will determine and administer any university sanctions.

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Tips for Your Conference and/or Hearing

Before attending your conference:

  • read the definition(s) and recommended sanctions for any potential policy violations
  • read your student rights for the university student conduct process;
  • write down any questions you have regarding university policies or the student conduct process;
  • discuss the matter with your parents/guardians and write down any questions they have; and
  • make any notes about the incident you want to remember during the conference or hearing.

During your conference and/or hearing:

  • dress appropriately;
  • ask questions;
  • be prepared to honestly and clearly describe your involvement in the incident; and
  • bring any written statements or information you wish to be considered as part of the evidence.

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Preponderance of Evidence

The Elon student conduct system requires a preponderance of evidence for a finding of responsible. Unlike the criminal system, which requires evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt,” the university system is based on the “greater weight of the evidence.” In other words, the university requires that the information show it is “more likely than not” that a violation occurred.

Formal rules of evidence used in a court of law are not applicable to the university student conduct system. All information or statements with probable value, such as hearsay or anonymous reports, may be considered in the body of evidence. The responding student has the right to hear and respond to all information that may be utilized for a decision.

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Judicial Advisor

The responding students may select any member of the university community to serve as an advisor for and Honor Board or Appeal Board hearing. The faculty, staff or student serving as the advisor cannot directly address the board or the hearing officer, but may advise the student during the hearing. If the advisor has questions regarding his/her role, he or she may meet with the assistant vice president for academic affairs or the director for student conduct.

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