Honor & Ethics Council

The Honor and Ethics Council is the central deliberative body in the conduct system for academic cases. For any given hearing, the Honor and Ethics Council is composed of five (5) persons: the Dean of the College (or the Dean’s designee), two (2) faculty members, and two (2) students. The faculty and student members that serve on a panel are drawn from larger pools of ten (10) student members and ten (10) faculty members.

Students are invited to apply for these positions – one of the most advanced leadership positions at Wake Forest. Student leaders are the heart of a system that is designed to be transparent and provide fair due process. We rely on students to have a helping spirit in order to assist their peers in navigating the system.

Meagan Whritner, a current HEC member, said about her experience, “Serving as a member of the Honor and Ethics Council has been an incredibly meaningful part of my undergraduate experience at Wake Forest. Not only has it allowed me to foster my own growth in thinking through a multidimensional situation; it has also provided me with the opportunity to have a direct impact on this community by helping to maintain an expectation for honesty and academic integrity.”

Another HEC member, Morgan Briggs, added, “Through serving on the Honor and Ethics Council, I have learned how to serve as a leader in a different setting. In addition, I have also practiced responsibility and engaged in a meaningful discussion that ensures that all Wake Forest students are treated fairly and with respect in all academic hearings.

During the spring semester, students are invited to apply for a student leader position with the Board of Investigators and Advisors (BIA) or the Honor and Ethics Council (HEC). Student HEC members should have the following responsibilities, qualifications, and skills:

Responsibilities:

  • Engage actively in all hearings and be prepared to render fair, and sometimes difficult judgments
  • Commitment to seeking the truth in the context of sometimes ambiguous or conflicting claims

Qualifications:

  • Ability to abide by the time commitments
  • Current undergraduate student at Wake Forest University
  • Evidence of good character, good judgment, and commitment to ethical behavior
  • Hold a 2.7 cumulative GPA or above
  • No honor code violations
  • Willingness to disclose any conduct offenses

Skills Recommended:

  • An interest in working with students, faculty, and administrators in a learning environment
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Empathetic mindset
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Listening skills
  • Possess the capacity to educate others on university policies
  • Remain objective and fair in all phases of HEC deliberations

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