Honor Enrichment & Community Standards
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.
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."
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.
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 = Ryan Asalone
Vice President = Katie Jo Reeves
Treasurer = Jacob Reeves
Chair of Recruitment = Danielle Stroessner
Chairs of Programming and Outreach = Dustin Harrell & Jacob McCloud
The Student Honor Council serves the Christopher Newport Community by focusing on three areas in addition to serving on panels:
- Recruitment focuses on identifying and selecting new Honor Council members who are a diverse representative of the community.
- 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.
- 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 members 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. Applications are available online or available to pick up in the CHECS office on the 3rd floor of the DSU.
Timeline for Recruitment
|October 29th at 12:15pm||Information Session||Location: Luter Hall 121|
|November 4th at 5:00pm||Applications Due||Submit Online or Drop Off|
|November 11th-15th||Group Interviews||Location: TBD|
|November 18th-22nd||Individual Interviews||Location: CHECS Office|
|December 2nd - 6th||Notification of Selection|
Information for Faculty and Staff
Faculty play a critical role in articulating and upholding the community standards of the university. Not only do faculty members serve on the University Committee on Student Discipline for academic integrity cases, but faculty members also 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.
To report an incident, fill out an online incident report email email@example.com and please include what happened, who did it involve, and what the outcome was. You will be contacted by a staff member in CHECS following that report. If you have any questions or need any guidance please contact the Center for Honor Enrichment and Community Standards.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.)
- Hearing Panel Script
- Hearing Panel Outline
- Checklist to prepare for a hearing panel/honor council
- Hearing Panel/Honor Council FAQ's
- Code of Conduct Process
- Academic Honor Code Process
- Association for Student Conduct Administration
- Center for Academic Integrity
- Honor Council for the College of Social Sciences (CNU)
- Journal of College & Character
- The Six Pillars of Character
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.
Promoting Honor and Academic Integrity in High Schoolone-day conference sponsored by the CNU Student Honor Council Join us for a day filled with discussions, activities, and resources focused on the topic of Honor. You will be able to discuss your school's honor code, share ideas, meet new people, and spend time with our Honor Council members. Your School doesn't have an Honor Council? That is okay! Bring some of your student leaders and learn about starting one or using current organizations in a similar capacity.
Date: Thursday, November 14th 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: Christopher Newport University
Cost: $20.00 per student (includes lunch and materials). Advisors are free
Schedule: check back soon!
Registration: please register here
Questions? Contact Megan Canny, Senior Honor Council Member and Conference Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org