Honor Principle


Q: How can I keep up to date with the happenings of Honor Council?
A: Check out our blog, our Facebook, or stop by our office hours! 

Q: How do you get on Honor Council?
A: Members of Honor Council are appointed through the Student Senate Appointments Committee. Applications are available each semester through sin. Keep your eye on SB info for specific dates and deadlines from Appointments Committee.

Q: What can Honor Council do for me?
A: We can do lots of things! For starters, if you have a topic you'd like to discuss with the community, we can assist you with this, whether it be a forum by Honor Council, a panel by the faculty, a guest speaker, or just bringing it up at a Senate meeting. If you're having an interpersonal conflict, we can talk you through your options and can direct you to appropriate resources. We can also hear community concerns and ensure they go to the appropriate body, help you work through the ins and outs of a Judical Board hearing, and listen to any complaints or concerns you might have regarding the community. Honor Council is a confidential resource so we will not disclose your name or what you discuss with us to anyone.

Q: What do Honor Council members do on a day-to-day basis?
A: It depends on the Honor Councillor! Each Honor Council member has a specific community and residence hall liaisonship, and each one takes up a different amount of time. Honor Councilors also plan and execute at least one project each semester, designed to increase awareness of the Honor Principle increase in variety of areas. An average week might look something like this: one hour in the Honor Council office listening to community members' concerns, one hour in the student Honor Council meeting, one hour on your liaisonship, and one hour on your project. Check out this blog post if you're interested in learning more about what awesome stuff Honor Councilors do!

Q: What do I do to get my case heard by J-Board?
A: First, you have to write a complaint; don't worry it's pretty simple! The complaint needs to include the grounds on which the complainant (you) believes that a violation has occurred (i.e. did it violate a school policy or the Honor Principle or both?), a description of the actions, the name(s) of the person or people who the complaint is being brought against, a list of the witnesses, and a statement of why mediation was unsuccessful or did not occur. Once you've finished writing this complaint, you can send it to one of the Judicial Board chairs. Honor Council members are available to help you understand the Honor Process and inform you of your options. Send us an email or stop office hours if you have questions or concerns.

Q: I was sexually assaulted while a student at Reed. Can I come to you to discuss my options?
A:You definitely can and many people in this situation do choose to talk to us. We are not required reporters and will keep anything you say confidential unless it involves abuse of a minor or an elder. 

Mediation FAQs

Q: What types of cases can you mediate?
A: First off, there are three types of cases that we cannot mediate: cases of sexual assault, academic misconduct, and interpersonal violence. Apart from this, there is a wide range of the types of cases we can mediate, including dorm disputes, roommate conflict, and other interpersonal conflicts. 

Q: Is mediation confidential?
A: Yes. Mediation is confidential between the mediator and the parties involved in the mediation. 

Q: How can I request mediation?
A: There are mediation request forms outside the Honor Council office GCC-033A or you can download one here. If you have more questions or concerns about mediation please email hc-mediation@reed.edu

Q: What can I expect from the mediation and the mediator? What is the process like?
A: A mediation involves two parties who are experiencing some kind of conflict or disagreement. The mediator is trained with at least 20 hours of mediation training. Your mediator can be a student, staff, or faculty member who has been trained in mediation. You may request a specific mediator which we will happily accommodate as long as both parties are comfortable. Parties may also ask that certain mediators not be used. Once a mediation request is received the Mediation Subcommittee Chair will contact the other party to find out if they are open to engaging in mediation. Participation in a mediation is completely voluntary. If the other party agrees the Mediation Chair will move forward with scheduling a time, place, and mediator that is appropriate. A mediation will take place with both parties and the mediator in the room. You can expect the mediator to be completely unbiased, neutral, and confidential. The mediator is there to help the two parties talk about the conflict and come to a resolution. A mediator does not provide advice, take sides, report to anyone outside the mediation, or dole out sanctions. The mediator seeks only to facilitate discussion. Once a resolution is reached the two parties may decide to keep the agreement verbal or written. All agreements made are the responsibilities of the two parties to follow through on. The mediator will not follow up on or enforce any resolution. Again, the process from beginning to end is completely voluntary. Send us an email or stop by office hours if you have any more questions or concerns.

Honor Council office hours

Monday 6-7 p.m. - Kavi Subramanian & Louise Hewitt

Tuesday 3-4 p.m. - Quincy Kitson & Nevada Harris & Grey Saquee

Wednesday 4-5 p.m. - Claire Baker & Emily Barr

Thursday 12-1 p.m. - Sophie Spencer-Zavos & Liv Veazey