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Honor and Integrity System Professional Development

Honor & Integrity System Basics and Being an Honor Council Member-Module 1

[Click here to go to Module 2 and Module 3]

Follow the text and click on the blue links provided. After reading information in the blue links, simply use your BACK button to come back to this page. If you lose your way in navigating, simply return to the Honor Council Information page and click on Professional Development Modules. The links give more in-depth information about each subject. Please try to answer the questions following the reading material in each module. These do NOT need to be turned in.


There are three major components of the K-State Honor & Integrity System. Click on these links to read more about each.

Honor Pledge

Honor Office Staff /Honor Council Chair




When HS staff speak to classes and organizations about the Honor & Integrity System, they often begin by giving a brief history and evolution of how it all began. One resource of great help in our formative years, as well as today, is the Center for Academic Integrity (CAI), a national organization whose mission is promoting integrity in educational communities. K-State has been an institutional member since 1997 and Honor and Integrity Staff and/or Honor Council members attend CAI's annual conference annually.

The Student Development Perspective speaks to the promotion of integrity in tandem with the the prevention and adjudication of dishonesty. We believe that students at the college level are still learning what it means to make ethical decisions when confronted with a dilemma (the choice on whether or not to cheat or help someone else cheat). Likewise, we believe it's never too late to help students develop a more honorable character. As an Honor Council member, you agree to uphold the spirit of the student development perspective in investigating and adjudicating students who may have violated the Honor Pledge.


Confidentiality is at the foundation of the Honor & Integrity System, so much so that members are asked to review the Honor & Integrity System Creed of Confidentiality. All parties have the right not to have their names and information broadcast to the campus community. Because this is an educational setting, identifying information about alleged violations or actual violations are not publicized like crime reports in local papers. The Honor & Integrity System web site does maintain a link to all Honor Pledge current and previous alleged violations. However, Honor & Integrity System staff take care not to use any information that might identify anyone involved in the System. Information such as name, major, college, instructor, class, Greek affiliation, residence, etc. is not given. All physical Honor & Integrity System files are kept locked in the Honor & Integrity System office. The pass-word protected Honor & Integrity System Database is maintained in the Honor & Integrity System office.


Usually, business picks up at the beginning of a semester and toward the end. A good rule of thumb for commitment is 3 sessions of professional development during fall semester and 3 hearing panels. Spring semester, first year members may add working as case investigators. For veteran members with a year's experience, being CI for 1 or 2 cases, being a Chair for a case, and being a hearing panelist twice is normal activity. TYPICALLY, CIs spend 30-40 minutes each interviewing a Reporter and an Alleged Violator, as well as hearing time. In some cases, interviewing a witness may be necessary. Chairs and Hearing panelists can count on 60 to 90 minutes AVERAGE in a case hearing. Educating your college constituency may take the form of a departmental meeting/college council meeting 10-minute presentation.


Most organizations have common terms for identifying persons and concepts within the context of everyday operations. There are also some terms that are shortened to make life easier for staff who are concerned with data entry and reporting. For this purpose and for smoother operations within Honor & Integrity System organization, please become more familiar with the terms at the link provided. More terms are defined in the other modules on investigations and hearings.Terms


As a member of the Honor Council, it is very important that you hold yourself accountable when serving in the capacity of educator, investigator, or hearing panelist. If you have committed yourself to a meeting or position (educator, investigator or hearing panelist), please be on time (or early if the situation warrants).

This completes Module 1 of the Honor Council Professional Development session.
Please answer the questions below to see if you have a good idea of the position for which you have been appointed.

Module 1 Questions-Being an Honor Council Write the answers to these questions on a piece of paper, then check this link to see how close you come to the answer.

  1. What are the three components of the K-State Honor & Integrity System?
  2. Who staffs the Honor & Integrity System office?
  3. The Honor & Integrity System Honor Council is made up of 54 members. How do faculty and undergraduate students become members? Graduate students?
  4. In order to provide diversity on the Honor Council, two campus administrators each appoint three members of the campus community at large. Who are the two administrators?
  5. Name two responsibilities shared by Honor Council members.
  6. State the Honor Pledge in its entirety.
  7. K-State is an institutional member of what national organization helping educational communities promote integrity in academe?
  8. What is meant by the Honor & Integrity System's "student development perspective?"
  9. Confidentiality is extremely important, period. If you are given a Case packet with sensitive information, with whom may you discuss its contents?
  10. What is the time commitment for an Honor Council member?
  11. What is an "AV?" The "HC?" The "H&IS?"