The hearing

Once the hearing date is specified, the student can choose the dress code (casual or formal), as well as appoint a witness to speak to the student's character. Hearings are usually scheduled in the afternoon and last 2 to 4 hours. 

Though the structure can change from case to case, the following is an illustration of a typical flow of a hearing. At the beginning, the seven Honor Committee members and two investigators will start recording and introduce themselves to the student and Peer Representatives in the room. Hearings begin with an opening statement delivered by the Peer Reps, which is followed by a statement by the student's character witness. Afterwards, HC members and Peer Reps conduct an examination of a preceptor or professor involved in the case. The investigators then go through the case packet and explain their process, while providing clarification and answering questions by both the Honor Committee members and the Peer Representatives. At the end of the hearing, the Peer Reps deliver a closing statement and the Honor Committee begins deliberations. 

For a student to be found responsible, six of the seven voting members need to be "overwhelmingly convinced" of the student's responsibility. If they find the student responsible, the penalty is determined by majority vote (that is, by four of the seven members). 

Late in the evening of the hearing, or early in the morning on the following day, the Honor Committee reconvenes with the student and Peer Representatives to deliver the decision. If the student is not found responsible, all case materials that personally identify the student will be deleted. If the student is found responsible, they have the right to poll the votes of individual members of the Committee and file an appeal. The appeals process is constitutionally prohibited from increasing a penalty.