Honor Principle and Code of Conduct

Students enrolled in Thayer School's programs must comply with the regulations, procedures, and penalties established by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Thayer School of Engineering.

You are required to read the Graduate Honor Principle and Code of Conduct and provide the signed statement Honor Principle Acknowledgement Form (PDF). This form must be returned to Registrar Laware before any student can Check-In.

The life and work of a Thayer School student are based upon a high standard of ethical behavior. Both in and outside the classroom the Thayer School student is expected to embody the principles of honor and responsible behavior.

Fundamental to the principle of independent learning is the requirement of honesty and integrity in all academic activities, and an obligation to promote an atmosphere in which honest and creative academic work can flourish.

In the presence of an undoubted violation of the Honor Principle, to stand by and do nothing is to threaten the spirit and effectiveness of the principle. Thus, Thayer School students are expected to preserve the principle by taking action whenever the Honor Principle is compromised. In the event that a student is aware of an honor code violation, he/she is obligated to bring it to the attention of a member of the Thayer School faculty or staff.

Honor Principle Violations

Student Responsibilities

The Dean of Graduate Studies has established standards of behavior which form the Graduate Honor Principle for all Thayer School students, and can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

Upon Check-In, students are required to sign a statement attesting that they have read and understood the Honor Principle of the Graduate Studies Office.

Students charged with Honor Code Violations are encouraged to learn more about what to expect in the subsequent process from Graduate Academic and Conduct Regulations, and to meet with the Thayer School Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs for clarification of any questions they may have.

Faculty Responsibilities

At the beginning of every course, the faculty member will explain how the Honor Principle relates to the course. The statement should cover such areas as the faculty member's expectations and policies with respect to student responsibilities (e.g., collaboration permitted prior to independent write-up and submission of work; acceptable procedures on group projects, etc.).

An instructor who suspects that a student may have violated the academic Honor Principle should observe the following recommendations and guidelines for action:

  1. The instructor should strongly consider discussing the suspected violation with the student(s) in order to determine that there has been no misunderstanding between the instructor and the student(s).
  2. The instructor is strongly encouraged to test the validity of his/her suspicion by consulting a colleague.
  3. If, after consultation, the instructor believes that the suspicion is valid, the instructor should immediately inform Thayer School's Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and bring the matter to the attention of the Dean of Graduate Studies, whose office will oversee the ensuing process. Under no circumstances should the instructor who suspects a violation of the Academic Honor Principle attempt to resolve the matter independently.

Code of Conduct Violations

Student Responsibilities

All Thayer School students are expected to uphold the same standards of conduct as students who are members of the Graduate Studies community. These standards can be found in both the Graduate Studies Handbook and the Thayer School Handbook (PDF).

Sexual Assault or Sexual/Gender-Based Harassment

Thayer School follows Dartmouth policies related to:

Reporting Sexual Assault or Sexual/Gender-based Harassment

Dartmouth Resources

For all private and confidential resources on-campus see:  https://sexual-respect.dartmouth.edu/reporting-support/title-ix-resources

Outside Resources

For all private and confidential resources off-campus see: https://sexual-respect.dartmouth.edu/reporting-support/all-resources/off-campus-resources

Procedures for Sexual Assault

Procedures for the investigation and resolution of complaints against students for sexual assault and retaliation for reporting or participating in investigations of sexual assault are addressed in the Unified Disciplinary Procedures for Sexual Assault by Students and Student Organizations, which can be found at:  https://sexual-respect.dartmouth.edu/policy/unified-disciplinary-procedures-sexual-assault

Procedures for Sexual Harassment, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking

Procedures for the investigation and resolution of complaints against Thayer students for Sexual Harassment, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking will follow the process and hearing procedures set forth in the Dartmouth Graduate Studies Academic and Conduct Regulations. See the Thayer School of Engineering Disciplinary Procedures for Sexual Harassment, et.al. at https://sexual-respect.dartmouth.edu/policy/thayer-school-engineering-student-disciplinary-procedures-sexual-harassment-domestic-violence

Other Code of Conduct Violations

For suspected Code of Conduct violations other than sexual harassment or misconduct, one should observe the following recommendations and guidelines for action:

  1. Consider discussing the suspected violation with the student(s) in order to determine that there has been no misunderstanding about what occurred.
  2. If, after consultation, the community member believes that the suspicion is valid, he/she should immediately inform Thayer School's Professor Ian Baker, Senior Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs (ian.baker@dartmouth.edu).

The Senior Associate Dean will consult with the parties concerned to determine what further action is appropriate and may elect to resolve the matter without a hearing. If agreement is not reached, either the Senior Associate Dean or the student has the right to bring the matter before the Thayer School Conduct Committee for resolution.

Thayer School Conduct Committee

  1. The Thayer School Conduct Committee will convene to hear charges of conduct code that are not resolved by agreement between the student and the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. It will be composed of two graduate students and two faculty members plus the relevant Program Director, who will act as the non-voting chair of the committee but may vote to resolve a tied vote. Student committee members will be selected in their order of listing from a slate of four nominees developed by the Thayer Council. The third and fourth nominees will serve as alternates. Faculty members will be appointed by the Thayer School Dean.

  2. The Committee's disposition of cases will be final in all instances where no guilt is found and no action is taken. All other cases may be appealed to the Thayer School Dean.

  3. The Committee will adopt such rules and procedures, as it finds necessary.

  4. The Committee may request information/reports from students, staff, faculty, and administrative officers, on any matter pertaining to its function.

  5. A majority vote is required for all decisions.

  6. The Committee will maintain a record of all proceedings that will be made available to the Thayer School Dean upon request. Although confidentiality is desired, in the case of proceedings involving possible violation of civil law all materials are necessarily open to the appropriate authorities. If the results of a disciplinary hearing are to become a part of a student's record, either temporarily or permanently, notice will be given to the student concerned.

  7. As soon as is practicable after hearings are completed, the Committee will report to the Dean and involved parties its findings and recommended action. No recommended penalty will be enforced without concurrence by the Dean.

Rights of Students Appearing Before the Conduct Committee

  1. Notification of the charges, against a student shall be in writing and shall contain a concise statement of the alleged facts that constitute the violation.

  2. A student shall have a reasonable time to prepare the case after receiving the charge.

  3. A student may choose to admit to the charges as stated. In such cases the Conduct Committee may elect to hold an abbreviated hearing for the purposes of determining the appropriate penalty.

  4. A student may choose an advisor (with the exception of the Thayer School Dean) to assist in the defense against the charge. This advisor may be any member of the Dartmouth community (student, staff, faculty). The student may elect to have a private hearing or an open hearing, but the Committee may limit the number of persons at an open hearing, and may, if a disturbance occurs, order the hearing to be conducted in private.

  5. A student may refuse to make any statement, or refuse to testify. Such refusal shall not be considered as evidence against the student.

  6. The student shall have the right to hear and question all witnesses and to examine all other evidence introduced at the hearing. The student has the right to testify and present evidence and witnesses in his/her own behalf.

  7. The Committee shall base its decisions on matters of fact, and solely upon evidence introduced at the hearings.

  8. Formal rules of evidence shall not apply. The Committee may consider any testimony or evidence unduly repetitious or immaterial, or to have been improperly obtained.

  9. A student facing such processes and charges is encouraged to meet with the Thayer School Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs for clarification of any questions he/she may have.