The Center for Honor Enrichment and Community Standards (CHECS) encourages students to choose to live an honorable lifestyle within the classroom, on campus, and within the community while upholding the highest standards of honesty, integrity and personal responsibility. CHECS works to create a safe environment for students that will foster academic and personal success by upholding the Student Code of Conduct, the CNU Honor Code, and through outreach such as our Honor U speaker series and other educational programs.

2014-2015 Student Handbook

The Honor Code

"On my honor, I will maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity and personal responsibility. This means I will not lie, cheat, or steal and as a member of this academic community, I am committed to creating an environment of respect and mutual trust."

Kathryn Litle 
Assistant Dean of Students

Natalie Morton
Assistant Director

Amy Bartgis
Graduate Assistant 

Lisa Ardis
Special Programs Coordinator

Conduct and Academic Process 

The University's policies are designed to support the university's educational mission and to ensure a safe environment where all members of the University community can work, study, and live without undue interference. Policies are also designed to build and support the academic and social community by teaching students responsibility and interdependence.

Any member of our community can report a concerning behavior or incident. To report an incident submit the form below.

On-Line Incident Report

2014-2015 Student Handbook

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University Response

When an Incident Report is filed by a member of the community, the accused student will be notified of the incident by email. The accused student must schedule an Initial Conference with the designated conduct officer by calling the CHECS office. During the initial conference, the accused student is given the opportunity to share their perspective, ask questions, and present information related to the incident. After a conduct officer meets with all students involved in an incident, a decision will be made. 

If students are found responsible for Student Code of Conduct and/or Honor Code violations, sanctions may be imposed independently or in combination with other sanctions.Sanctioning is determined on a case by case basis and takes into account the circumstances and nature of the violation, the needs of the individual student, the student's judicial history, and the impact or potential impact of the student's behavior on the CNU community.

There are four types of sanctions that may be imposed as a result of a responsible finding:

Educational sanctions are content specific based on the nature of the student's violation.

Example: Alcohol Course 

Developmental sanctions are applied specifically for the individual to help their own personal growth.

Example: Reflection Paper

Campus contribution allows students to give back to the CNU community.

Example: Intentional service plan

Punitive sanctions enable students to take responsibility for their actions and hold them accountable.

Example: Suspension from the University

Hearing Panels and Honor Panels 

If an accused student is issued a sanction that includes suspension or removal from university housing or the university, the student or conduct officer can request to have the case reviewed by a panel. If a panel is convened, the accused student will be assigned a Student Advocate, who is a current Student Honor Council member,  to help prepare for the panel. A Community Advocate, who is a current Student Honor Council member, will also be assigned to represent the community's perspective during a panel. 

Student Honor Council members serve on different panels as part of the University conduct process:  

  • Honor Panel is convened to hear allegations of Honor System violations that are independent of Student Code of Conduct violations. The final decision of this panel is determined by majority vote. 
  • Hearing Panel is convened to hear allegations of Student Code of Conduct violations. The final decision of this panel is determined by a majority vote.
  • Honor Panel/ Hearing Panel is convened when an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct and an Honor system violation occur during the same incident. On this committee the final decisions are determined separately. The Honor system violation will be determined by a unanimous consensus, while the Student Code of Conduct violation will be decided by a majority vote.

Resources for Students Preparing for a Hearing Panel/Honor Panels

Christopher Newport University's Student Honor Council

The Student Honor Council is an officially recognized student organization with individuals selected to serve the university community by promoting a community of honor, integrity, and personal responsibility at Christopher Newport University. The Student Honor Council upholds CNU’s Honor Code and the Student Code of Conduct by making decisions in the university’s conduct process through a partnership with the Center for Honor Enrichment and Community Standards. Specifically, Student Honor Council members serve as panel members support students who are going through the process, represent the university community, and participate in educational outreach and programming efforts.

Members of the Student Honor Council are full-time students that are nominated by their peers, faculty and staff, and are representative of the campus community. Members are then selected by the President of the Student Honor Council. Student Honor Council Members will complete one year of policy, procedures, and sanctioning training. After completing training, all members attend regular in-service training sessions. 

The Student Honor Council 's Executive Board is comprised of a president, vice president, treasurer, chair of recruitment, and chair of programming and outreach. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the following students were selected to serve on the Student Honor Council's Executive Board: 

President = Mary Kate Dodge
Vice President = Jacob Reeves
Secretary = Shannon Berg
Recruitment/Programming Chair = Erin Clancy and Sidney McCoy
Public Relations Chair = Marisa Michak

The Student Honor Council serves the Christopher Newport Community by focusing on three areas in addition to serving on panels:

    1. Recruitment focuses on identifying and selecting new Honor Council members who are a diverse representative of the CNU community.
    2. Programming and Outreach reaches out to the campus community to promote honor and integrity. Student Honor Council members also work with student groups and organizations, academic departments, and administrative offices to share more about their role on campus and be resources to the community. 
    3. Training is involved in planning and implementing training for Student Honor Council members and for external groups. Student Honor Council members in this area facilitate Welcome Week and Setting Sail sessions as well as help with student leader training. 

Becoming a Honor Council Member
**Living and Leading with Honor** 

Students who are interested in serving on the Honor Council should contact CHECS or any member of the Student Honor Council. Interested students will need to submit an application and complete an interview process to determine which students are selected to serve on the committee. Below you will find the PDF version of the application. Please contact us with any questions at 757-594-7190. 

Student Honor Council Application

Information for Faculty

Faculty play a critical role in articulating and upholding the community standards of the university. Faculty members serve a valuable role within the classroom, educating students about what constitutes plagiarism and cheating and the importance of why students should turn in work that is their own. In addition, faculty members identify potential academic integrity issues, meet with students suspected of plagiarism or cheating, and determine if a student is responsible for an academic integrity violation in their classroom. In addition, trained faculty members may be selected to serve as panel members on Hearing or Honor Panels that occur during a semester recess.

If you suspect an academic integrity incident has occurred, follow the steps below: 
  1. Collect all evidence and information.
  2. Contact the alleged student and set up a meeting.
  3. Determine whether the student is responsible for the violation. If a student is responsible, assign an appropriate academic penalty. 
  4. Notify CHECS. You can do this by sending an email to, completing an online incident report, or sending a memo to CHECS. Please describe what happened, who it involved, and what the outcome was. 

After CHECS receives a report of an academic integrity issue, they will contact you to follow-up and  learn more about what happened. A CHECS staff member will contact the student and set up a meeting to talk with them more about their decision and what university sanctions are appropriate. CHECS staff will assign sanctions that are meant to directly address the behavior and help the student make positive choices in the future. Examples of possible sanctions include; online plagiarism tutorial, time management workshop, or reflection paper. In severe cases, students may face university suspension or dismissal. 

Faculty members who volunteer to serve as panel members and attend necessary training, may be selected to serve as panel members during Hearing/Honor Panels that occur during university recess. If you are interested in serving in this capacity please contact CHECS. 

Additional Resources for Faculty: 
Note: All files above are PDF and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers about the conduct process and CHECS. (All files are PDF and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.)

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Please don't hesitate to contact us at 757-594-7190 or in the Student  Affairs suite on the 3rd floor of the David Student Union if you have additional questions or any concerns regarding CHECS and our policies/procedures.