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Resolution No. 09-04
2008-2009 MUSC SGA
Committee:
Academic Affairs

Date Submitted:  02/18/09
Date Approved:  03/18/09
Committee: Tyler Pierce

A Constitutional Amendment

Addition of publication requirements for verdicts


Purpose: To amend the current Bylaws to allow for additional requirements of publication for guilty or innocent verdicts.

Whereas: Currently the council does not have specific instruction on what to publish, how to publish and who should receive these publications pertaining to the findings of case information.

Be it enacted by the Medical University of South Carolina University Honor Council assembled in session the following:
That the Medical University of South Carolina Honor council Bylaws be altered to read as follows.

Official record reads: An official record of all Preliminary and Formal Hearings will be made. The Honor Council Secretary is responsible for delivering these records to the dean's office for safekeeping.

The Honor Council Secretary must destroy by appropriate means any honor council record pertaining to a specific individual upon that person's graduation from the MUSC. Following a not guilty verdict, the official records will be destroyed in the presence of witnesses. A summary of the case (with the student's name deleted) may be kept by the dean, College Honor Council, and University Honor Council for future reference.

The posting, or publishing, of all charges and sanctions discussed in a Formal Hearing is the duty of the University Honor Council Chair via the Student Government Association. These reports will be made at the next meeting of the Student Government Association once the case is closed and will not make reference to any individual or college.

Let the section be amended to read: An official record of all Preliminary and Formal Hearings will be made. The Honor Council Secretary is responsible for delivering these records to the Dean's Office for safekeeping.

The Honor Council Secretary must destroy by appropriate means any Honor Council record pertaining to a specific individual upon that person's graduation from the MUSC. Following a not guilty verdict, the official records will be destroyed in the presence of witnesses. A summary of the case (with the student's name deleted) may be kept by the dean, College Honor Council, and University Honor Council for future reference.

The posting, or publishing, of all charges and sanctions discussed in a Formal Hearing is the duty of the University Honor Council Chair via the Student Government Association. These reports will be made at the next meeting of the Student Government Association once the case is closed and will not make reference to any individual. Publication should be administered after all appeals processes have been exhausted. The publication to university students and staff is detailed below:

College wide publication: When a student is found guilty of an honor code violation an email will be sent by the Dean’s office of the particular student notifying the faculty of the following: Guilty violation, Applied Sanctions

University wide publication: When a student is found guilty of an honor code violation an email will be sent by each Honor Council President to the students of their respective college notifying them of the following: Guilty violation, Applied Sanctions

Students found innocent of all honor code violations shall have the right to request an email publication delivered to faculty or peers notifying them of the findings.

Attached in each email shall be a disclaimer stating the following:
**Disclaimer**  Please be aware that all violation(s) and sanction(s) reported above were handled by the individual college honor council. The specific sanctions address the pertinent facts and issues of each case. Please understand that facts and details of the case are not published, and only the honor council was able to review the case in its entirety.

_______________________________________
Sheldon Bates
Student Government President


         
         

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