College of Optometry (CO) 2023–2024 128 Section 4. Minor deviations from procedures An accused student(s), in collaboration with the Honor Council chair, may agree in advance to minor procedural deviations. Such deviations are not then subject to appeal. Other minor deviations are acceptable as long as such deviations do not materially prejudice the accused student(s). Section 5. Voting Voting will occur following deliberations by the Honor Council. The standard of proof shall be a preponderance of the evidence. 1. Voting will occur to determine • whether or not a violation of the CO Rules of Conduct has been committed for each charge • what disciplinary sanction(s) and/or grade change should be applied or authorized for each charge, when a violation of the CO Rules of Conduct has been committed 2. Voting will be conducted by secret ballot. A simple majority is required to find a student in violation of the CO Rules of Conduct. In addition, a simple majority is required to determine the sanctions. 3. The outcome and vote for each issue will be recorded and documented in the report of the Honor Council, which is provided to the dean. Section 6. Disciplinary Sanctions and Grade Change Authorization If the Honor Council finds a violation, disciplinary sanctions related to the violation, including, but not limited to, authorization of a maximum grade change will be recommended to the dean. If a violation is not affirmed, the matter will be considered concluded and the dean will be notified that the matter has concluded. All sanctions require a majority vote by the Honor Council. In all cases, the accused shall be verbally informed that the court is a recommending body to the dean and the final decision is made by the dean. 1. Disciplinary Sanctions Options available to the Honor Council for disciplinary sanctions include, but are not limited to, the following: • Warning—A written warning is given stating the decision of the Honor Council. • Probation—The probation is for a specific time period. In addition to a written warning, the Honor Council may stipulate loss of privileges and specific restrictions concerning activities. Failure to meet these specifications will constitute an additional violation of the CO Rules of Conduct. • Suspension—The student’s enrollment at the college is suspended for a period of time to be determined by the Honor Council. The student is eligible for reenrollment after the expiration of the term, but satisfactory completion of specified stipulations may be required for reenrollment. • Dismissal—The student is terminated from the CO. After one year, a student may petition for reenrollment. A decision to reenroll the student is the decision of the dean.