Letters from the Honor Council

March 31, 2004Dear ______:

You have been found in violation of the Lawrence University Honor Code for plagiarism on your paper in ______ with Professor ______. The entirety of your paper was taken verbatim from an internet source. By plagiarizing, you have attempted to unfairly advance your academic performance in this class.

As discussed and agreed upon during the sanctioning conference on March 31, 2004, your sanction will be 0 on the assignment and an F in the course. This sanction is consistent with past cases of extensive plagiarism of this sort.

*Be advised that should you be found in violation of the Honor Code again, this letter will be used in determining an appropriate sanction.

*The Council wishes to remind you of the importance of confidentiality. Details from the hearing may not be released without the consent of all individuals involved. This includes students and professors.

*Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. The Council trusts that you recognize the seriousness of the violation and the threat it poses to the Lawrence University Honor system. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Honor Council or Dean Hemwall with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,
The Honor Council
Ann Miller Caroline Campbell

April 1, 2004

Dear ______:

You have been found in violation of the Lawrence University Honor Code for collaboration on your final exam in ______ with Professor ______.

______, you have unfairly advanced your academic performance and violated the mutual trust between students and faculty upon which the University depends. There were too many similarities between your exam and the exam of ______ which could not be accounted for merely by common preparation. The answers were very similar in language, style, and format. In some cases the common mistakes were not only similar, but identical and incorrect. Because this is your second violation, you have been assigned a sanction of zero on the exam and an F in the course. The sanction represents the severity of the violation and is consistent with the sanctions attached to similar violations in the past.

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Sincerely,
The Honor Council
Poonam Kumar
April 1, 2004

Dear ______:

You have been found in violation of the Lawrence University Honor Code for collaboration on your final exam in ______ with Professor ______.

______, you have unfairly advanced your academic performance and violated the mutual trust between students and faculty upon which the University depends. There were too many similarities between your exam and the exam of ______ which could not be accounted for merely by common preparation. The answers were very similar in language, style, and format. In some cases the common mistakes were not only similar, but identical and incorrect. Consequently, you have been assigned a sanction of zero on the exam and a one-letter grade reduction in the course. The sanction represents the severity of the violation and is consistent with the sanctions attached to similar violations in the past.

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You may appeal this decision to the President of the University within one week of receiving this letter.

Sincerely,
The Honor Council

Poonam Kumar

April 1, 2004

Dear ______:

You have been found in violation of the Lawrence University Honor Code on your final exam in ______with Professor ______.

______, you have unfairly advanced your academic performance and violated the mutual trust between students and faculty upon which the University depends. There were a number of instances on your exam where the answer could not have been the result of the calculations demonstrated or as a result of your explanation during the hearing process. Consequently, you have been assigned a sanction of zero on the exam and a one-letter grade reduction in the course. The sanction represents the severity of the violation and is consistent with the sanctions attached to similar violations in the past.

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You may appeal this decision to the President of the University within one week of receiving this letter.

Sincerely,
The Honor Council

Poonam Kumar
April 1, 2004

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