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  1. Accused Student: A student suspected of an Honor Code Violation. The term includes a student who has made a Conscientious Admission but who has not reached agreement with the Associate Dean.

  2. Accuser: A member of the law school community who reports the alleged Honor Code Violation. 

  3. Community of Trust: Students of the Dickinson School of Law expect that each member of the student body will conduct himself/herself in a manner consistent with the highest standard of honesty and integrity expected of those who enjoy the privilege of practicing law. This level of integrity accompanies the student in all his/her dealings within the law school community. 

  4. Confidentiality: Information regarding an investigation of an alleged Honor Code Violation or Honor Proceeding shall not be made public, except as detailed in Chapter 8. 

  5. Conscientious Admission: A student's oral or written admission, presented to the Associate Dean, of a possible Honor Code violation committed by that student. 

  6. Hearing Board: A panel, composed of three students and two faculty members drawn from the Honor Committee, convened to determine the validity of one or more alleged Honor Code Violations brought against an Accused Student and, when appropriate, to impose sanctions. 

  7. Honor Committee: The standing committee composed of six students and five faculty members, responsible for upholding and enforcing the Honor Code. 

  8. Honor Committee Chairperson: A student elected by a majority vote of the Student Bar Association to assist with the administration of the Honor Code. 

  9. Honor Proceeding: The formal adjudication of an alleged Honor Code Violation. 

  10. Law School Community: Includes all students, faculty, administrators and staff of The Dickinson School of Law. 

  11. Party: Either the Associate Dean or the Accused Student in an Honor Proceeding. 

  12. Plagiarism: Should be given its usual dictionary meanings: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own; to use (a created production) without crediting the source or to commit literary theft, presenting as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. Plagiarism includes the copying or paraphrasing without acknowledgment of any material written or expressed by another person, and the submission of work written in whole or in substantial part by someone other than the student who submits the work as the student's own work. Plagiarism also includes the re-submission of work originally completed for another course and the giving or receiving of excessive assistance or making excessive use of the work of someone else in preparing an assignment, without faculty approval. What constitutes "excessive assistance" or "making excessive use of the work of someone else" is a matter for the course professor to decide and communicate in a timely manner to the students. Unless the course professor gives different instructions, "excessive assistance" should be construed with reference to the academic purpose of the assignment - to develop the student's research and writing skills and to evaluate his or her skills. A student may receive some counsel and suggestions from other people, e.g., another student, the course professor, so long as the paper is, in both pedagogical and literary senses, the work of the student. President of the Hearing Board: A faculty member appointed by the Associate Dean from among the two faculty members chosen to serve on the Hearing Board. The President presides over the hearing and prepares the Hearing Report.