Honor Code Committee and Procedure

Our Honor Code Committee is an important part of the medical education experience for our students. It consists of students from each class year. Following is more information about who's who on our committee and answers to frequently asked questions about Honor Code Procedure.

Student Honor Code Committee: Academic Year 2018-2019

Class of 2019 Representatives

  • Nina Yoh, chair
  • Alex Luna, co-chair of consultations
  • Alfred Von Krusenstiern, co-chair of outreach

Class of 2020 Representatives

  • Brigitte Kazzi, rep
  • Adam Kroopnick, rep
  • Henry Philofsky, alternate

Class of 2021 Representatives

  • Sam Burnim, rep
  • Kathleen Goodwin, rep
  • Saveloy Kelebeyev, alternate

FAQs: Honor Code Committee and Procedure

 

What is an Honor Code?

A code of professional conduct committing ourselves to act professionally and ethically in all our interactions.

Why is the Honor Code important?

Together, our roles are transitioning from students to professionals in an all-encompassing academic setting. This unique situation requires training and awareness of new responsibilities to ourselves and to the profession. In the intense medical school setting, the line between peer and colleague can become particularly blurred, potentially and unintentionally leading to unprofessional behavior that can be harmful to peers. Additionally, we are becoming representatives of the honorable medical profession, the foundation of which is built on trust. We must be cognizant of how our actions may misrepresent our profession and commit to acting professionally.

What is the Honor Code Committee?

It is a group of students that serves to promote and educate the student body about Honor Code principles, advise students with questions and/or challenging situations involving Honor Code principles, prevent common pitfalls, and offer a means of safe reporting for violations.

Who is on the Honor Code Committee?

The committee consists of our medical students selected by the senior associate dean for student affairs after recommendation by class presidents. Every class has representation. The chair and vice chair are post-Major Clinical Year students in good standing. Committee members are reappointed every year.

How do I use the Honor Code Committee?

The committee is at your service in two key ways: honor consults and safe reporting, as described below.

Honor Consults:
Honor code consults are useful for many different situations, including for students who:

  1. Are unsure if a particular behavior or activity violates the Honor Code.
  2. Require help dealing with challenging situations involving Honor Code principles.
  3. Are unsure if a particular potential violation should be reported.

Students with any questions or issues are encouraged to consult us for guidance and direction. The committee helps to determine if something should be reported or dealt with through other means (and how best to do so), and works to prevent similar issues from arising in the future.

Honor consults are only seen by the chair and vice chair and remain anonymous to anyone else. To consult us, email pshonorcode@columbia.edu.

 

Safe Reporting: Honor code violations are reported to the committee, so we can help to stop inappropriate behaviors and prevent them from recurring. The committee investigates to determine whether or not a violation has occurred. If the committee determines that a violation has occurred, the case will be forwarded to the senior associate dean for student affairs, who will work with the accused to correct these behaviors. If the committee determines that a violation has not occurred, no further action is taken and the senior associate dean for student affairs is not notified. The accuser will remain anonymous from the accused unless the accuser grants explicit permission otherwise.

How do I report an Honor Code violation?

To set up a meeting, email us at pshonorcode@columbia.edu.

Please note there are other means of confidentially reporting honor code violations, including:

  • Confidential faculty advisors
  • Ombuds officer
  • Center for Student Wellness director/associate director
  • Addiction information and management strategies director

How do I report an Honor Code violation?

To set up a meeting, email us at pshonorcode@columbia.edu.

Please note there are other means of confidentially reporting honor code violations, including:

  • Confidential faculty advisors
  • Ombuds officer
  • Center for Student Wellness director/associate director
  • Addiction information and management strategies director

What happens after I report the violation?

In sum, the procedure follows these steps:

  1. A quorum of the committee meets with the accuser to determine if the case warrants further investigation. The accused is not yet notified.
  2. If the committee determines the case warrants further investigation, the committee meets with the accused and continues gathering information.
  3. The committee deliberates as to whether or not a violation has occurred.
  4. If a violation has occurred, the committee forwards the case to the senior associate dean for student affairs to rectify the behaviors.

The full charter delineating the selection of the committee, its tasks, and procedures is found here.