(Approved by the Board of Curators, May 4, 1982)
We, the students of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University
of Missouri Columbia, desiring to prepare ourselves for a
profession that requires trust, honor, irreproachable conduct,
and affirming that any dishonest means used by students in
such preparation would be incompatible with such requirements,
hereby adopt this Honor Code.
5.020 Application of Honor Code
and Standards of Conduct
This Honor Code shall apply to all students enrolled in the
College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri
in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program. In adopting
this Honor Code, the faculty are absolved of proctoring responsibilities
during examinations, but they are not deprived of their right
to remain in the examination room to assist students taking
an examination. Should an instructor witness a violation of
the Honor Code, that instructor has the same responsibility
as a student to uphold the Honor Code within the College of
Any conduct which tends to unfairly advance
one's own academic status or advance or retard another person's
academic status in any academic matter is considered unethical
and contrary to this Honor Code. This phrase "academic
matter" means all examinations including oral examinations,
term paper preparation, case report preparation, surgical
demonstration and any other activity which in any manner affects
or results in a school grade or satisfaction of other requirements
for graduation. By way of enumeration, but not by way of limitation
the following shall be violations of this Honor Code:
(1) No student may during an examination
have, consult, give to another, receive from another, or
solicit from another any information or material not specifically
authorized by the Instructor.
(2) No student may work on an examination other than during
the time period prescribed nor in a room other than one
designated for the taking of the examination.
(3) No student may, for any assignment which counts toward
a grade or is required for graduation, consult unauthorized
sources of information.
(4) No student may obtain knowledge of, or answers to, specific
examination questions before that examination is taken.
This does not include the study of old examinations.
(5) No student may remove or withhold material from the
library or secrete such material in the library, or destroy
or mutilate such material, or use such material, in a manner
calculated to gain an unfair advantage for either himself
or another student in connection with any academic matter.
The same shall apply to educational material, equipment
or facilities which may be provided or available in the
Laboratory, Clinical Area, or Learning Center in the College
of Veterinary Medicine.
(6) No student may knowingly falsify any medical record,
necropsy report, or any other document relating to the treatment,
care, health, or disposition of any laboratory animal or
patient in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
(7) No student may make changes on a graded examination
and then resubmit it for grading.
(8) Intentional disturbance or distraction during an examination
which interferes with the efforts of others will be a violation
of this Honor Code.
(9) It shall be a violation of this Honor Code for anyone
other than the accused to fail to report a SUSPECTED violation
or to fail to give information, to testify, or to attend
hearings, except for good cause shown. Reports should be
made to a member of the Student Honor Code Committee, NOT
TO A FACULTY MEMBER.
5.030 Student Honor Committee Functions
The principal functions of the Student Honor Committee are
(1) To assist the Dean and the Student
Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
in the orientation of new students as to their privileges
and responsibilities under the Honor Code, and to keep the
Honor Code in view of all students.
(2) To organize programs designed to educate students about
the functions of the honor system in the College of Veterinary
Medicine and ethics in the Veterinary Medical Profession.
(3) To hold hearings on alleged violations of the Honor
Code, to make findings of fact with reference thereto, and
in case there is a finding of violation, to impose sanctions
as in this Honor Code.
5.040 Student Faculty Honor Committee
The principal function of the Student Faculty Honor Committee
is to hold hearings on alleged violations of the Honor Code,
to make findings of fact with reference thereto, and in case
there is finding of violation, to impose sanctions as in this
5.050 Right of Election
An accused may elect either the Student Honor Committee or
the Student Faculty Honor Committee.
5.060 Student Honor Committee
(1) COMPOSITION OF COMMITTEE. Full membership
of the Student Honor Committee shall consist of eight students,
two fourth year students, two third year students, two second
year students, and two first year students, except in the
case of temporary vacancy when an alternate from any class
can fill the vacancy.
(2) ELIGIBILITY AND APPOINTMENT. The
eight Student Honor Committee members, two from each class
and the eight alternate members, two from each class, shall
be appointed by the President of the Student Chapter of
the AVMA, with the advice and consent of the Executive Board,
of the Student Chapter of the AVMA (Executive Board) and
the Dean, provided always that the students selected shall
be members in good standing of the Student Chapter of the
(3) CHAIRMAN. A fourth year member of
the Committee shall be elected Chairman of the Committee
by a majority vote of the entire Committee, to serve at
the pleasure of the Committee. In the case of a temporary
vacancy, any member of the Committee can be elected Chairman
by a majority vote of the entire Committee. The Chairman
shall be entitled to vote on all matters before the Committee.
(4) TIME OF APPOINTMENT AND TERM OF OFFICE
(a) FIRST YEAR MEMBERS. The selection
of the first year members shall be made within 6 weeks
after the beginning of the first (fall) semester of the
academic year, and they shall hold office until new first
year members are selected the following academic year.
(b) SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH YEAR MEMBERS.
The selection of second, third and fourth year members
shall be made within 3 weeks after the beginning of the
academic year. Fourth year members shall hold office until
a new selection is made the following academic year or
until graduation, whichever occurs first. Second and third
year members shall hold office until new selections are
made the following academic year.
(c) FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP FOR CAUSE.
A student is ineligible to continue as a member of the
Student Honor Committee if he is placed on academic or
disciplinary probation, or if for any other reason his
continued membership on the Committee may not be in the
best interest of the College of Veterinary Medicine as
determined by the Dean after consultation with the Executive
Board, or as determined by the Executive Board after consultation
with the Dean.
(d) PERMANENT VACANCIES. If by graduation,
or for any other reason, a permanent vacancy occurs during
a normal term of office, such vacancy shall be filled
by the procedure described in 5.060(4e).
(e) TEMPORARY VACANCIES. Vacancies
created on the Committee when a member disqualifies himself
or the Committee sustains a challenge for cause by the
accused, shall be filled with an alternate student member
with the advice and consent of the Committee.
5.070 Student Faculty Honor Committee
(1) COMPOSITION OF COMMITTEE. The Student
Faculty Honor Committee shall consist of four members of
the Faculty, College of Veterinary Medicine and four members
of the Student Honor Committee, one member from each class,
except in the case of a temporary vacancy when an alternate
from any class can fill the vacancy.
(2) ELIGIBILITY AND APPOINTMENT. The faculty members of
the Student Faculty Honor Committee shall be appointed by
the Dean, by and with the advice and consent of the Faculty.
The student members of the Student Faculty Honor Committee
shall be appointed by the President of the Student Chapter
of the AVMA, by and with the advice and consent of the Executive
Board and the Dean.
(3) CHAIRMAN. One of the faculty members
of the Committee shall be elected Chairman of the Committee
by a majority vote of the entire Committee, to serve at
the pleasure of the Committee. The Chairman shall be entitled
to vote on all matters before the Committee.
(4) TIME OF APPOINTMENT AND TERM OF OFFICE.
(a) FACULTY MEMBERS. The selection
of the faculty members shall be made prior to the beginning
of the academic year, and they shall hold office until
new members are selected the following academic year.
(b) STUDENT MEMBERS. The selection
of the student members shall be made as soon as practical
after the selection of members of the Student Honor Committee.
(c) FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP FOR CAUSE.
A student member of the Student Faculty Honor Committee
is ineligible to continue as a member of the Student Faculty
Honor Committee at any time after he ceases to be a member
of the Student Honor Committee.
(d) PERMANENT VACANCIES. If for any
reason a permanent vacancy occurs during a normal term
of office, such vacancy shall be filled by the procedure
prescribed in 5.070(2). If for any reason the vacancy
is not filled when needed, it may be treated as a temporary
vacancy and filled as prescribed in 5.070(4e).
(e) TEMPORARY VACANCIES. Vacancies
created on the Committee when a member disqualified himself
or the Committee sustains a challenge for cause by the
accused, shall be filled with a temporary faculty or an
alternate student member, as the case may be, chosen by
the Chairman with the advice and consent of the Committee.
The advice and consent of the Dean shall be obtained in
the case of a faculty vacancy.
5.080 Procedure Reports of Violations,
(1) REPORTS OF VIOLATION MADE TO WHOM.
Every student, faculty, or staff member shall report violations
of the Honor Code. Such reports may be made to any member
of the Honor Committee and not to the instructor of the
course. Any member of the Committee receiving a report of
a violation of the Honor Code shall notify the Chairman
of such report.
(2) COMMITTEE MEETINGS CALLED BY WHOM.
The chairman on his own initiative, or upon demand of any
two members of the Student Honor Committee, shall call meetings
of the Committee.
(3) ADVICE OF THE DEAN. The Committee
or Committee Chairman may solicit advice and counsel from
the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs during the investigation
or subsequent hearing.
(4) NOTICE TO DEAN. The Dean shall be
notified as soon as the Student Honor Committee receives
a report of a violation. He shall be informed of the details
of the alleged violation insofar as known, but not the names
of either the accused or of the accusing persons.
(5) INVESTIGATION. Under the direction
of the Chairman, an investigation of all reported violations
shall be held promptly to determine if sufficient cause
exists to require a formal hearing. The Chairman shall seek
the counsel of the entire Student Honor Committee.
(6) NOTICE TO ACCUSED. If after the investigation
the Student Honor Committee finds there is sufficient cause
for a formal hearing, the Chairman of the Student Honor
Committee shall give written notice to the accused as follows:
(a) The notice shall be by certified
mail to the last known address of the accused or by personal
delivery to the accused.
(b) The notice shall set forth the
date, time, and place of the alleged violation; the substance
of the alleged violation; the rights of the accused to
elect either of the Committees and the procedure for making
the election under 5.090; and the date, time and place
of hearing before the respective Honor Committee. A copy
of this Honor Code shall accompany the notice.
(c) The notice shall be given at least
seven (7) calendar days prior to the date set for the
hearing. The accused may elect to have a hearing before
the specified date if the Honor Committee has set forth
an optional date within these seven days. Where certified
mail is used, the notice shall be deemed given when deposited
in the mail addressed to the last known address of the
accused with postage affixed.
(d) Proof of the giving of notice shall
be made by the affidavit of the person mailing or delivering
the notice. The affidavit of notice shall become a part
of the records of the hearing.
5.090 Accused May Elect Either
Committee for Hearing
(1) RIGHT OF ELECTION. An accused may
elect either the Student Honor Committee or the Student
Faculty Honor Committee.
(2) NOTICE OF ELECTION. Within seven
(7) calendar days after the giving of notice of accusation
as prescribed in 5.080(6), the accused shall notify in writing
the Chairman of the Student Honor Committee of his election
under 5.050. The notice of election by an accused shall
be addressed to the Chairman of the Student Honor Committee
and delivered by mail or otherwise to the Dean's Office
at the College of Veterinary Medicine "within the seven
(7) calendar day period". In event such election is
not timely made, the hearing shall be before the Student
(3) CHANGE OF ELECTION. The accused may
not change his election under 5.090(1) after the time for
giving notice under 5.090(2) has expired, except with the
consent of the Student Honor Committee for good cause shown.
The accused may change his election under 5.090(1) without
the consent of the Student Honor Committee if the change
occurs prior to the time for giving notice under 5.090(2).
In no event shall the election be changed after the hearing
has begun before either Committee.
5.100 Procedure Student Honor
Committee and Student Faculty Honor Committee Hearings
(1) IN GENERAL. At the formal hearing
before either the Student Honor Committee or the Student
Faculty Honor Committee, the generally accepted standards
for a fair and impartial hearing shall be observed. The
procedures set forth hereinafter shall be interpreted and
administered to accomplish this objective and provide for
prompt consideration and disposition of honor code cases.
The proceedings are not to be construed as adversary proceedings
or judicial trails, but care shall be taken to comply as
fully as possible with the spirit and intent of the procedural
safeguards set forth herein.
(2) RIGHTS OF ACCUSED UPON HEARING. An
accused appearing before either Committee shall have the
right: (a) to be present at the hearing; (b) to have the
full membership of the Committee present; (c) to hear or
examine evidence presented to the Committee; (d) to question
witnesses present and testifying at the hearing; (e) to
present an opening statement to the Committee and to present
evidence by witness or affidavit; (f) to be informed in
writing of the findings of the Committee and any sanctions
imposed; and (g) to petition for review or appeal as hereinafter
(3) EVIDENCE. The formal exclusionary
rules of evidence shall not apply and the Committee may
consider the testimony of witnesses, affidavits, written
reports, other memoranda, photographs, drawings, and any
other relevant materials.
(4) RIGHTS OF THE COMMITTEE. The Committee
shall have the right to permit the incorporation in the
record by reference of any document, affidavit or other
evidence produced by the Committee or the accused. The Committee
shall have the right to question witnesses at any time,
to call additional witnesses, additional investigation,
to dismiss any charge at any time, and to remove any person
from the hearing who interferes with, obstructs the hearing
or fails on request to abide by the rulings of the Chairman
or the Committee.
(5) OTHER PROCEDURAL QUESTIONS. Procedural
questions which arise during the hearing not covered by
these general rules shall be determined by the Chairman,
whose ruling shall be final; provided, however, the Chairman
shall present the question to the Committee at the request
of a member of the Committee, in which event the ruling
of the Committee by majority vote shall be final.
(6) RECORD OF TESTIMONY. A complete record
of the hearing shall be made by either a mechanical recording
device or by stenographic record. The record shall not include
the deliberations of the Committee. This record shall be
made available to the accused at reasonable times. Except
as otherwise provided herein, the record shall remain confidential.
(7) OBSERVERS NO LEGAL COUNSEL. The accused
shall have the privilege of having a reasonable number of
observers at the hearing. Neither the accused nor the Committee
shall be entitled to have legal counsel at the hearing and
observers may not function as lay or legal counsel.
(8) DISQUALIFICATION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS.
Any member of the Committee may disqualify himself from
hearing any charged violation. The accused shall also have
the privilege of challenging members of the Committee for
cause. Such challenges, if any, shall be ruled on by the
(9) TEMPORARY VACANCIES. Vacancies created
on the Committee by disqualification of a member shall be
filled as provided in 5.070(4e).
(10) CONDUCT OF HEARING.
(a) OPENING STATEMENTS. The Chairman
of the Committee shall preside at the hearing, call the
meeting to order, call the roll of the Committee in attendance,
ascertain the presence or absence of the accused, read
the notice of hearing and charges and verify the receipt
of notice of charges by the accused, and call to the attention
of the accused any special procedures to be employed during
the hearing. Any objections to the procedures already
taken or to be followed shall be made at this time for
consideration by the Committee.
(b) CONTINUANCES. If it appears that
essential testimony is unavailable or that for other good
cause the hearing should be deferred, the Committee may
continue, recess or discontinue the hearing without prejudice.
(c) PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE AGAINST
THE ACCUSED. A member of the Committee shall present the
evidence against the accused.
(d) ACCUSED'S OPENING STATEMENT. The
accused shall have an opportunity to make a statement
to the Committee about the charge. Such statement may
be made following the presentation of evidence against
(e) ACCUSED'S EVIDENCE. The accused
may then present his evidence.
(f) REBUTTAL EVIDENCE. The Committee
may permit any matter to be presented in rebuttal of evidence
(11) DETERMINATION BY THE COMMITTEE.
The Committee shall promptly deliberate and make its
findings and determinations in executive session. If
a majority of the Committee is convinced by the evidence
that the accused has committed the violation charged,
it shall impose one or more of the sanctions provided
(12) OFFICIAL REPORT OF FINDINGS
( a) REPORT TO ACCUSED. The Committee
shall prepare its findings and any sanctions imposed
in writing and transmit them to the accused.
(b) REPORT TO DEAN. The Committee
shall prepare its findings and any sanctions in writing
and transmit them to the Dean. Names are to be included
only when a violation has been found to have been
committed. A minority report may be included.
(c) RECORDS TO DEAN. The records
and memoranda of the hearing shall be delivered to
the Dean in a sealed envelope for safekeeping.
(d) RECORDS AVAILABLE TO APPELLATE
AUTHORITY. When a student sanctioned under this code
appeals to the University Authorities as specified
in 5.110 the records and memoranda of the hearing
and the findings, sanctions imposed and any minority
opinion shall be made available to the appellate authority.
(e) RECORDS AVAILABLE TO ADMISSIONS
COMMITTEE. When a student dismissed from the College
of Veterinary Medicine by a sanctioning authority
under this code applies for readmission, the findings,
sanctions imposed and any minority opinion will be
made available to the Committee on Admissions and
Scholarship of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
(f) RECORDS AVAILABLE TO COMMITTEE
IN CASES OF PROBATION. When a student currently under
probation as specified in 5.120(4) is accused of a
second violation, the Committee shall review the findings,
sanctions imposed and any minority opinion.
(g) DISPOSITION OF RECORD. The
records shall be kept available until the graduation
of the individual or until all legal action is terminated,
at which time the records shall be destroyed.
5.110 Procedures Appeal
(1) RIGHT TO APPEAL. The accused may
appeal a decision of the Student Honor Committee or the
Student Faculty Honor Committee to University authorities
as specified in the University of Missouri Rules of Procedure
in Student Disciplinary Matters.
Where a sanctioning authority under this Honor Code finds
that a violation of the Honor Code has occurred, one or more
of the following sanctions may be taken as provided herein.
(1) DISMISSAL. Dismissal from the College
of Veterinary Medicine for an indefinite period of time
(the dismissed student at any time may petition the Committee
on Admissions and Scholarship of the College of Veterinary
Medicine for readmission). This Committee may remand the
case to the general faculty of the College of Veterinary
(2) DISMISSAL FOR A DEFINITE PERIOD.
Dismissal from the College of Veterinary Medicine for a
definite period of time, during which a petition for readmission
will not be considered. A petition to the Committee on Admissions
and Scholarship will be necessary if readmission is requested
after the expiration of the dismissal period. This Committee
may remand the case to the general faculty of the College
of Veterinary Medicine.
(3) SUSPENSION. Suspension from the College
of Veterinary Medicine for a definite period of time or
until a specified future date, with a statement whether
suspension should relate back to the time of the offense,
or being at the time imposed, or begin at a specified future
date. (The suspended student may return without petitioning
(4) PROBATION. Disciplinary probation,
subject to any appropriate conditions.
(5) REPRIMAND OR ADMONITION. Written
reprimand or admonition or oral reprimand or admonition.
(6) STATUS OUTSIDE THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY
MEDICINE. The above sanctions apply to the status of the
accused in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The misconduct
may be called to the attention of the proper University
authority for appropriate action by the authority.
5.130 Confidential Nature of Proceedings
(1) CONFIDENTIALITY. Proceedings under
the Honor Code shall be held in confidence.
(2) PUBLIC REPORT OF FINDINGS. Upon petition
of a person charged under this Honor Code, the appropriate
Committee may, for good cause shown and having first consulted
the Dean, post an appropriate report in a public place in
the College of Veterinary Medicine.
(1) Amendments to the Honor Code may
be proposed by petition of any ten members of the Student
Chapter of the AVMA, by the Executive Board on its own motion,
by petition of a majority of the members of the Student
Honor Committee, or by petition of any five members of the
(2) A proposed Amendment, other than
one proposed by the Faculty, shall be directed to the Faculty
but shall be transmitted through the Executive Board which
may make a recommendation thereon.
(3) A proposed Amendment approved by
the Faculty shall be submitted to the members of the Student
Chapter of the AVMA pursuant to Article VIII, By Laws. (8.000)
(4) A proposed Amendment shall be adopted
if at the adoption election:
(a) at least 60 percent of the members
of the Student Chapter of the AVMA vote at such election,
(b) at least two thirds of the members
voting shall vote favoring the proposed Amendment, and
(c) a simple majority of the ballots
cast by the members of the Student Chapter of the AVMA
of each class in the College of Veterinary Medicine shall
vote favoring the proposed Amendment.
(1) BY THE STUDENTS. This Honor Code
may be terminated at any time by action under the general
amending procedure, Article VIII, By Laws (8.000), except
that the Honor Code shall be terminated if a simple majority
of those members voting favor termination.
(2) BY THE FACULTY. This Honor Code may
be terminated at any time by a simple majority vote of the
(1) This Honor Code shall be in effect
when jointly approved by the regular Faculty and by the
students as provided in 5.140(4).