Office of the President: Disciplinary Records
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Office of the President: Disciplinary Records, 1949-1993 is comprised of correspondence, memos, reports, and documents that pertain to student disciplinary proceedings spanning the G. Tyler Miller and Ronald Carrier administrations. Documents are authored by various committees involved in the disciplinary process, including members of the Student Government Association, Student Council, Administrative Council, Honor Council, Faculty Judiciary Committee, and the College Judiciary Committee.
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An honor code with rules regarding classwork and examinations was likely established in 1909, at the time of the school's founding. Beginning in 1912, the rules of the Honor System were printed in the Student Handbook, which was maintained by the YWCA. An Honor Committee, composed of twelve people representing each class, was in charge of investigating infractions, holding trials, and enacting penalties. All convictions had to be approved by the faculty.
In 1915, the student body applied to the faculty for the right to self-government, and after approval, the officers of the Honor Committee became the first officers of the student government organization, the Student Association of the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg. Its stated purpose was to “preserve student honor; to regulate the conduct of the students of the school; and to enforce such regulations of the institution as do not fall exclusively within the province of the faculty.” The Student Association then became responsible for enforcing the school’s honor system, and the Student Council, comprised of the executive members of the Student Association, were tasked with overseeing disciplinary matters. In the 1920s a jury system was established, which allowed members of the student body to sit with the Student Council during disciplinary hearings and make recommendations.
In 1946, the college ammended the language of the Honor System so that it covered “all cases involving cheating, lying, stealing or failure to report on the above breaches of honor.” It went into effect in 1947 and was administrated by the newly formed Honor Council. The Council was headed by an elected member of the senior class, as well as three members from each of the upper classes and two from the freshmen. In 1950, a men’s representative joined the Council.
In 1954 President G. Tyler Miller established the Faculty Judiciary Committee to review more serious disciplinary actions recommended by the Student Government Association or the Honor Council. Beginning in the 1971 school year, President Ronald E. Carrier dissolved the Faculty Judiciary Committee and formed the College Judicial Council, which was composed of five faculty and five students, with the Dean serving as a nonvoting Chairman of the Council.
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Office of the President: Disciplinary Records, 1949-1993 is comprised of correspondence, memos, reports, and documents that pertain to student disciplinary proceedings headed by the Honor Council, Student Council and Faculty Judiciary Committee, and Judiciary Committee spanning the G. Tyler Miller and Ronald Carrier administrations.
All files arranged chronologically.
Records were transferred from the Office of the President, February 2000.
Files had been labelled and minimally processed, and were formerly assigned the accession number PR 2000-0516.
- A Guide to the Office of the President: Disciplinary Records, 1949-1993
- Sarah Roth-Mullet
- March 2018
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