Honor Court Architecture

Board Dynamics

A. Deputy Attorney General (AG):

  1. The Office of the SoM Deputy Attorney General will be directed by the SoM Deputy Attorney General, who will report directly to the Graduate and Professional School Attorney General.
  2. The Deputy Attorney General will act as de facto investigative counsel on Honor Code violation cases where SoM students may be charged.
  3. In the event that the current SoM Deputy Attorney General does not seek reappointment, a new SoM Deputy Attorney General may be chosen in the spring from SoM students on AG Staff. Appointment of the new SoM Deputy Attorney General will be by the outgoing SoM Deputy Attorney General and the Graduate and Professional School Attorney General.
  4. In the event that the current SoM Deputy Attorney General seeks reappointment, s/he will submit an application for the position along with other qualified SoM students who have served a minimum of 1 year on the Attorney General’s Staff. These applications will be reviewed by active Honor System members from the SoM. A minimum of 2/3 of all active Honor System members from the SoM must vote on candidates, and the candidate with the majority (>50%) vote will become SoM Deputy Attorney General. In case no candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary, voting will go to run-offs between the two candidates receiving the most votes, with the one candidate receiving the majority (>50%) vote becoming SoM Deputy Attorney General—a minimum of 2/3 of all active Honor System members from the SoM must also vote in run-offs. This appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Graduate and Professional School Attorney General.
  5. The length of term will be 1 year. Multiple terms may be served.
  6. The SoM Deputy Attorney General will certify WMS election results.

B. Court Vice-Chair:

  1. The SoM Honor Court will be directed by the SoM Honor Court Vice-Chair, who will be trained by the Graduate and Professional School Honor Court Chair.
  2. Honor Court cases involving SoM students consist of a hearing panel chaired by the SoM Vice-Chair.
  3. WMS constitutional hearings will be chaired by the Vice-Chair, who will also select the 5-member hearing panel.
  4. In the event that the current SoM Honor Court Vice-Chair does not seek reappointment, a new SoM Honor Court Vice-Chair may be chosen in the spring from current Honor Court members in the SoM who have served on the Court for at least 1 semester. Appointment of the new SoM Honor Court Vice-Chair will be by the outgoing SoM Vice-Chair and the Graduate and Professional School Honor Court Chair.
  5. In the event that the current SoM Honor Court Vice-Chair seeks reappointment, s/he will submit an application for the position along with other qualified SoM students who have served a minimum of 1 semester on the Honor Court. These applications will be reviewed by active Honor System members from the SoM. A minimum of 2/3 of all active Honor System members from the SoM must vote on candidates, and the candidate with the majority (>50%) vote will become SoM Honor Court Vice-Chair. In case no candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary, voting will go to run-offs between the two candidates receiving the most votes, with the one candidate receiving the majority (>50%) vote becoming SoM Honor Court Vice-Chair—a minimum of 2/3 of all active Honor System members from the SoM must also vote in run-offs. This appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Graduate and Professional School Honor Court Chair.
  6. The length of term will be 1 year. Multiple terms may be served.

C. Court Members:

  1. Honor Court members from the SoM will sit on hearings involving Honor Code violations and WMS constitutional matters.
  2. New Honor Court members are selected in the fall by the SoM Vice-Chair and the Graduate and Professional School Honor Court Chair.
  3. The length of term will be from the moment the Honor Court member assumes office until graduation, as long he/she continues to be a full time student at UNC and remains active in his/her duties, as deemed appropriate by the SoM Vice-Chair and the Graduate and Professional School Honor Court Chair.

D. AG Staff:

  1. When possible, Attorney General’s Staff members from the SoM will act as defense counsels for Honor Code violation cases involving SoM students.
  2. New Attorney General’s Staff members are selected in the fall by the SoM Deputy Attorney General and the Graduate and Professional School Attorney General.
  3. The length of term will be from the moment the Attorney General’s Staff member assumes office until graduation, as long he/she continues to be a full time student at UNC and remains active in his/her duties, as deemed appropriate by the SoM Deputy Attorney General and the Graduate and Professional School Attorney General.

Member Duties

A. Deputy Attorney General:

  1. Carry out job as detailed in the UNC Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.
    Carry out job as detailed in the UNC Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.
  2. Act as a Deputy AG on the Graduate and Professional School Honor System.
  3. Coordinate (with the SoM Associate Dean for Student Affairs) Honor System education sessions at orientations.
  4. Receive AG training conducted by the Graduate and Professional School Honor System.
  5. Facilitate Honor System training in the fall.
  6. Complete a written exam covering material in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.
  7. Write a letter to the faculty at the beginning of the academic year introducing the Honor System and reminding faculty of the importance of the Honor Code (and how to bring forth charges, if necessary).
  8. Email the entire medical student body at the beginning of the academic year to introduce the Honor System members and to emphasize the importance of honorable and professional conduct in medicine.
  9. Investigate all charges of Honor Code violations within the SoM. If charges warrant a hearing, the AG presents the charges to a group of five Honor Court Members including the Court Chair. The AG does NOT decide the guilt or innocence of the accused student.
  10. Investigate charges of Honor Code violations in the larger Graduate and Professional School system, as desired and as available.
  11. Count votes for WMS student elections with the Whitehead co-presidents.
  12. Serve as a voting member of the WMS and attend Whitehead council meetings.
  13. Select a new Deputy AG and new AG Staff members with the Graduate and Professional AG.
  14. Prepare an end of the year report for the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
  15. General supervision for the activities of the Honor System. Works to promote honorable conduct among medical students (announcements, emails, lectures, discussions).

B. Court Vice-Chair:

  1. Acts as a Vice Chair on the Graduate and Professional School Honor System.
  2. Organizes SoM Court hearings, in conjunction with the Graduate and Professional Honor Court Chair.
  3. Preside over SoM court cases involving infractions of the Instrument.
  4. Preside over hearings involving interpretation of Whitehead constitutional matters.
  5. Receive Vice-Chair training conducted by the Graduate and Professional School Honor System.
  6. Facilitate Honor System training in the fall.
  7. Complete a written exam covering material in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.
  8. Serve as a Court Member on at least one case per semester within the Graduate and Professional School Honor System (optional, but strongly encouraged).
  9. Select a new Vice-Chair and new Court Members with the Graduate and Professional Court Chair.

C. Court Members:

  1. Attend a Judicial System training session conducted in the fall (mandatory for new members, and strongly recommended for all).
  2. Complete a written exam covering material in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.
  3. Serve as a Court Member on at least one case per semester within the Graduate and Professional School Honor System (optional, but strongly encouraged).
  4. Sit on hearings involving interpretation of Whitehead constitutional matters

D. AG Staff:

  1. Attend a Judicial System training session conducted in the fall (mandatory for new members, and strongly recommended for all).
  2. Complete a written exam covering material in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.
  3. Serve as Defense Counsel on at least one case per semester within the Graduate and Professional School Honor System (optional, but strongly encouraged).