The Rights of Students Charged with an Honor Code Violation

When charged with violating the Honor Code, students have specific rights. They are entitled to:

  • have a written statement of the charges.
  • have written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing. (This right may be waived by the charged.)
  • have the hearing postponed for good cause. (Request for postponement must be made no less than two days prior to the scheduled time of the hearing and must be made in writing to the director of Student Conduct.)
  • have an advisor from within Elon University's faculty/staff/student community.
  • hear and respond to the information that supports the charges against him/her.
  • provide information on his/her own behalf.
  • obtain witnesses on his/her own behalf.
  • question witnesses present at honor board hearings.

The Rights of Students Bringing Charges

When reporting allegations of personal violence or sexual harassment/misconduct, students have specific rights. They are entitled to:

  • have written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing.
  • participate in the hearing.
  • have the hearing postponed for good cause. (Request for postponement must be made no less than two days prior to the scduled time of the hearing and must be made in writing to the director of Student Conduct.)
  • have an advisor from within Elon University's faculty/staff/student community.
  • hear and respond to the information related to the charges.
  • provide information on his/her own behalf.
  • obtain witnesses on his/her own behalf.
  • question witnesses present at board hearings.
  • know the final outcome of the hearing and any appeal process.


Students who have questions about their rights should contact:

For Academic Policy cases:
Dr. Mary Wise
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

For Social Policy cases or general questions regarding the honor system:
Ms. Jodean Schmiederer
Assistant Dean of Students