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IV. Academic Integrity and Conduct Systems

IV. Academic Integrity and Conduct Systems

As a residential college, Oberlin offers a context in which rich intellectual and social exchangement continues in spaces beyond the classroom; and nurtures a holistic educational experience that leads students to life-long engagement in learning. This learning includes both ethical formation and the development of mutual respect. Students, faculty, and staff members share in the process of developing, reviewing, revising, and implementing the various processes that serve to create accountability for student conduct in and outside of the classroom.

Over the years the Honor Code and Honor System, the Judicial System, the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures, and the Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Processses have all evolved with input from the students, faculty, and staff. Though each is different in its function, all of the college's systems of adjudication have, at their core, a few fundamental values:

1) Rights and responsibilities are complementary.

2) Listening to others and  sharing one's perspective and experience can foster insight, empathy, and accountabilty.

3) Sanctions can be productive when structured and imposed with the intention to provide opportunities for growth and effective reintegration within the community.

Each year it is valuable to review these policies and processes. This will keep fresh the memory of how our community agrees to hold its member accountable for learning, living, and working together in a way that balances individual rights with respect and concern for the wellbeing of others.