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11/16/94

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Honor Code cases drop

STANFORD -- Stanford University's Judicial Affairs Office heard a total of 42 misconduct cases during the 1993-94 school year, a decrease from the previous academic year's total of 47.

Sally Cole, judicial affairs officer, said in her annual report that her office handled 28 Honor Code violations, 12 Fundamental Standard violations, and two dual violations of both the Honor Code and the Fundamental Standard.

The previous year, there were 35 Honor Code cases and 12 Fundamental Standard cases. (The Fundamental Standard is Stanford's basic code of student conduct.)

The Fundamental Standard offenses and penalties in 1993-94 involved 11 men and one woman, all of them undergraduates. The problems included property damage, forgery, altering a transcript, theft and misrepresentation.

In Fundamental Standard cases, two students were penalized with a one-quarter suspension. Two more received two-quarter suspensions, and one received a six-quarter delay in degree conferral. Probation, work penalty, financial penalty or restitution each were imposed eight times. Six student-athletes were suspended for either one or two games, and three cases remain pending.

The total number of penalties is higher than the number of cases because some students received multiple penalties.

The 28 Honor Code cases involved 22 men and six women - 21 undergraduates, five graduate students and two alumni. The two cases of dual (Honor Code and Fundamental Standard) violations involved male undergraduates.

Twelve Honor Code cases arose in Computer Science courses. The remaining were in Psychology, English, Biological Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, CIV, Economics, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Civil Engineering, Communication, and Asian Languages.

The problems included 12 cases of plagiarism, six cases of unpermitted collaboration, four cases of other unpermitted aid, and three cases of alterations to graded work. Seventeen students were penalized by receiving no credit in the course. Eleven students were suspended for one quarter. Other penalties included longer suspensions, delays in granting degrees, probation and work penalty.

Two cases ended with expulsion from the university. In three cases, charges were dropped, and another five cases are still pending.

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