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Letters from the Honor Council

April 6, 2004Dear ______:

You have been found in violation of the Lawrence University Honor Code for plagiarism on your term paper in ______with Professor ______. The majority of your paper, including the argument, was taken from a number of sources. There was evidence that you took verbatim quotes from the articles and attempted to make them appear as your own words. The council understands that you faced extraordinary circumstances while writing this paper, but we also believe that you failed to use the resources available for students in your situation. By plagiarizing, you have unfairly advanced your academic performance and violated the mutual trust between students and faculty upon which the University depends.

As discussed and agreed upon during the sanctioning conference on April 5, 2004, your sanction will be 0 on the paper and an F in the course. This sanction is consistent with past precedent of extensive plagiarism of this sort.

Sincerely,
The Honor Council
Ann Miller

April 9, 2004

Dear ______:

You have been found in violation of the Lawrence University Honor Code for receiving inappropriate assistance on your essay in ______with Professor ______.

______, you have unfairly advanced your academic performance and violated the mutual trust between students and faculty upon which the University depends. You violated the course guidelines by not acknowledging the help on your essay and the help you received gave you an unfair advantage. The work in your paper is a false representation.

Consequently, you have been assigned a sanction of zero on the assignment and a one-letter grade reduction in the course. Additionally, there is an educational sanction. You must meet with Dean Gajewski by May 1, 2004, to discuss use of appropriate forms of assistance for your writing. In the event that you fail to meet with him, your sanction will be changed to a two-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.

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 13, 2001

Dear: ______:

You have been found in violation of the Lawrence University Honor Code for plagiarism on two papers in X with Professor Y.

As discussed and agreed upon during the sanctioning conference on Friday, April 13, 2001, your sanction will be “0” on assignments and a two-letter grade reduction in course. In addition, the Honor Council strongly recommends that you visit Chad Argotsinger at College Place to learn about time management and study skills. We also strongly recommend that you visit the Writing Lab with other research papers to better understand proper citation and paraphrasing. Be advised that should you be found in violation of the Honor Code in the future, the information contained in this letter will be used in determining appropriate sanctions.

The Council appreciates your cooperation in this matter, in particular, your attempt to correct the citation errors in the two papers. 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
April 14, 2004

Dear ______:

You have been found in violation of the Lawrence University Honor Code for violating your exam parameters in ______with Professor ______.

______, you have unfairly violated the mutual trust between students and faculty upon which the University depends. Despite clear instructions from the professor to take the exam in ______, you chose to leave the room with your exam for almost one-half hour.

Consequently, you have been assigned a sanction of a half-letter grade reduction on the exam. Additionally as an educational sanction, you will be required to take all your mid-terms and finals under proctored conditions under consultation with the Student Academic Services office for the remainder of this term and the entirety of Term I, 2004. Failure to make these arrangements will result in reconsideration of your sanction by the council. We want to warn you that any further violation of the honor code will result in suspension from the university.

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

Sincerely,
The Honor Council
Ann Miller