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Faculty FAQs

The following are questions faculty frequently ask the Director of Community Accountability regarding the Honor Pledge and adjudication of violations. They are provided to assist you if a violation occurs in your class. If a question is not answered in this document, the Director of Community Accountability ( or 615-460-6407) can provide additional counsel.

  • Do I have to report an alleged Honor Code violation to Community Accountability?
  • What do I do if I am not certain an Honor Code violation has occurred?
  • What level of “proof” or “evidence” do I need that a violation has occurred?
  • How much time will this take?
  • Will I lose control of the situation if I contact the Director of Community Accountability?
  • Can I handle this situation informally?
  • What if a student threatens to sue?
  • What grade do I submit if grades are due, but the case is still pending?
  • Does this create a permanent black mark on the student’s record?
  • Is it academic dishonesty or an issue with academic preparation?
  • Is there a separate process for graduate students?