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The Honor Council

The following groups and officers are responsible for the promotion and enforcement of the Honor Code.

The Honor Council (HC) is the student body that promotes the Honor Code at Luther College. The Honor Council is made up of twelve students, normally five members from the Senior Class, four members from the Junior Class, three members from the Sophomore Class.

The Honor Council is elected by the students of Luther College. The First-Year Class, the Sophomore Class, and the Junior Class each elect members to the Council (as needed) at their respective class elections held during the spring semester, to take office the following fall.

Members, once elected, continue in office until their graduation, until they leave college, choose to resign their position or are otherwise removed.

Some of the responsibilities of the Honor Council are:

  • To promote the Honor Code across campus.
  • To create and conduct educational programming designed to promote academic integrity.
  • To advise and consult with faculty members and administrative officers on matters pertaining to academic integrity.
  • To issue an annual report to the Student Senate, the Campus Life Committee, and the Dean of the College on academic integrity standards, policies, and procedures, including recommendations for appropriate changes.
  • To review the Honor Code for the Student Senate.
  • To assist in the design and teaching of the workshop on academic integrity and moral development.

Officers of the Honor Council

There are two officers for the Honor Council.

The Honor Council Chair (HCC) is the elected chair of the Honor Council, the Honor Code Review Board (HCRB), and the Honor Council Education Committee (HCEC). The Honor Council Secretary is the elected secretary for the HC.

Both the Honor Council Chair and the Honor Council Secretary are elected by and from the Honor Council for one academic year with no term limit. Both positions are filled by elections by and from the Honor Council at the beginning of each academic year and immediately as they become vacant.

Committees of the Honor Council

There are two standing committees within the Honor Council.

The Honor Code Review Board (HCRB) is the committee of the Honor Council that conducts a Honor Code Review in cases of alleged violations of the Honor Code and decides about sanctions.

The HCRB normally is made up of three members from the Senior Class, two members from the Junior Class, and one member from the Sophomore Class. The Honor Council Chair always is a member of the HCRB. The Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council is a non-voting member of the HCRB and must be present at all Honor Code Reviews.

The responsibilities of the Honor Code Review Board are:

  • To investigate alleged Honor Code violations.
  • To issue sanctions for Honor Code violations.
  • To provide written statements for the Campus Appeals Board during the appeals process.

The Honor Code Educational Committee (HCEC) is the committee of the Honor Council that works with faculty and students in the education of academic integrity at Luther College.

The responsibilities of the Honor Code Education Committee are:

  • To educate students about academic integrity and the Luther College Honor Code.
  • To assist the HCC in reviews of the Honor Code.
  • To become a temporary replacement if a regular member of the HCRB is unable to attend a meeting.

Members of the Honor Council 2013-14

The Honor Council 2013-14

Ali Panning (Senior, Chair)
Siphamandla Simelane (Senior)
Kelsi Swanson (Senior)
Brianna McClain (Junior)
Meghan Owens (Junior)
Elsie Zanele Muronzie (Junior)
David Zalk (Junior)

New members:
Shibo (Hylia) Gao (Senior)
Steven Abdo (Sophomore)
Nicole Lussier (Sophomore)
Anne Turco (Sophomore)