11.15. Multiple Separate Charges Prior to Complete Adjudication

If a student has been charged with an honor code violation, and if that charge has not yet fully been adjudicated, and if the same student is then charged with additional violations not necessarily stemming from the same event or course, then all such charges may be grouped together as if they were a single charge from the point of view of possible sanctions. A simple majority of honor council members in attendance at the relevant proceedings is all that is required to accomplish this combining of charges.

For example, if the first report is potentially to be treated as a Class II charge, and that charge has not yet been fully resolved, and then additional reports are filed against the same student, those additional charges may be grouped with the first in the sense that all of them collectively may be subject to the Class II regulations. All these separate Class II charges must be resolved individually according to the protocols established in Sec. 11.12. and Sec. 11.13. However, the investigatory panel may, at its discretion, classify charges filed after the first as being of the Class I type rather than as additional Class II infractions. In that case, all charges filed subsequent to the first are subject to Class I protocols and are adjudicated entirely separately.

Additionally, if the first report is for a Class I charge and then additional reports are filed against the same student before the first charge has been fully resolved, then all such charges may be combined for purposes of carrying out investigations, hearings and levying sanctions. This action requires support of a simple majority of members of the honor council present at the relevant meeting. In the case of multiple Class I charges grouped together, this means that the chronologically later charges would not, upon the student being found liable, be cause for potential expulsion. Such a lumping together of charges is not automatic. If a simple majority of the honor council members in attendance refuse such a combination, then all such charges are adjudicated entirely separately and, in the event of multiple liable verdicts, could result in the expulsion of the student.