Kellogg Honor Code
We, the students, faculty and administration of The Kellogg School of Management
are committed to the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, and respect
for others, both inside and outside the classroom. We have a responsibility
to behave ethically in all situations, to represent honestly our own contributions
and those of others in all the work we perform, and to acknowledge and respect
diversity in individuals and cultures.
We recognize that while we are individually accountable for our actions, we
are also ambassadors of our school and therefore accountable to the larger Kellogg
and Northwestern communities. Adherence to our values allows Kellogg to maintain
its global distinction as having a unique culture of collaboration, social engagement,
innovation, and open exchange of ideas.
The purpose of the Kellogg Honor Code is to promote our values of integrity,
professionalism and respect for others so that each student can fully develop
intellectually and professionally within our community.
The code governs student conduct pertaining to all academic, career related
and co -curricular activities associated with Kellogg or Northwestern, be they
on or off - campus.This includes any conduct with real and substantial connections
to the legitimate interests of the University or members of the University community
from the time of a students application for admission through graduation.
The intent of the Kellogg Student Honor Code is to express ethical guidelines
for the Kellogg community. It does not attempt to be a comprehensive list of
rules and sanctions.
In accordance with this code, each student:
- Treats each member of the Kellogg community with respect.
- Acts honestly and does not to seek an unfair advantage over other students,
including, but not limited to, providing or receiving unauthorized aid on
academic assignments, working with others on assignments intended to be completed
individually, sharing confidential information about academic assignments
- Represents oneself truthfully at all times.
- Acts with personal integrity and good judgment in participation in all
school - related activities (and events), on and off campus.
- Respects and responsibly uses individual, school and community facilities
The Kellogg Honor Code is student - led and is based on the concept of community
self - government. The efficacy of such a student - administered honor code
is dependent u pon the Kellogg communitys dedication to the ideals reflected
by the code. An inherent feature of the Kellogg Honor Code is the obligation
of each member of the Kellogg community to report all suspected violations
and fully cooperate with any Honor Code proceedings.
Additionally, all Kellogg students are expected to abide by the Code
of Classroom Etiquette, all policies and requirements of Northwestern University
as represented in the Northwestern
University Student Handbook, and all applicable laws and regulations, both
on and off campus. The Honor Code Committee reserves the right to refer cases
to other Northwestern University offices or procedures as it deems appropriate in its discretion.
HONOR CODE PROCEDURES
A. Honor Code Committee
1. Role: The Honor Code Committee is responsible for:
a. Interpreting the Honor Code.
b. Promoting the values of the Honor Code through communication with Kellogg
students, faculty and administrators;
c. Serving as representatives of the student body on all issues pertaining
to the Honor Code;
d. Assisting in investigations of suspected Honor Code violations; and
e. Determining possible violations of the Honor Code;
f. Recommending sanctions as appropriate.
2. Composition: The Honor Code Committee is a school - wide committee
consisting of students from all Kellogg master level programs, faculty and
administrators. It will be led by two co - chairs from each of the Kellogg
masters programs (EMBA, Full - time, Part - time and MSMS) and will be comprised
of the following additional members: 4 EMBA Student Reps (1 from each Cohort),
7 FT MBA students (3 first years, 3 second years and 1 One - Year), 5 PTMBA
students (1 from each intake...Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer and Saturday),
1 MSMS student, 3 faculty members and a Student Affairs Advisor from EMBA,
FTMBA, PTMBA and MSMS.
3. Selection: Student representatives will apply, be interviewed and
selected by the Honor Code Committee Co-Chairs and Student Affairs Advisor
of their respective program. Faculty members will be identified by the Senior
Associate Dean for Teaching and Curriculum. The Student Affairs Advisors will
be appointed by the Associate Dean of MBA Programs. The Honor Code Committee
Co-Chairs will be selected by the outgoing Co-Chairs and Student Affairs Advisor
for each respective program. (see section B. 2)
B. The Honor Code Co-Chairs
1. Role: The Honor Code co-chairs are responsible for:
a. Promoting the values of the Honor Code within the Kellogg Community;
b. Selecting members of the Honor Code Committee in collaboration with the
Student Affairs Advisors;
c. Setting the annual agenda for the Honor Code Committee;
d. Overseeing the activities of the Honor Code Committee;
e. Administering Honor Code proceedings;
f. Coordinating with the administration and faculty on matters relating to
the Honor Code;
g. Ensuring that the Honor Code remains an important aspect of the Kellogg
a. The offices of the Honor Code co-chairs for the FT, PT, and EMBA programs
will be filled by current non-graduating Honor Code Committee representatives
where possible, upon the completion of the current academic year. This elevation
is subject to the consensus approval of graduating co - chairs and the Student
Affairs Advisor for that program. In the event that either of the non - graduating
representatives opt out or are deemed unsatisfactory for the co-chair position,
the graduating Co-Chairs and Student Affairs Advisor will select suitable
b. The offices of the Honor Code co-chairs for the MSMS program will be selected
by the Student Affairs Advisor based upon application.
3. Conflict of Interest: Honor Code Committee Members may not run for
elected student government positions due to the potential conflict of interest.
C. The Student Affairs Advisors
1. Role: The Student Affairs Advisor for each master level program
is responsible for:
a. Providing support, guidance and continuity to the committee and the co-chairs;
b. Selecting members of the Honor Code committee and its Co-Chairs in collaboration
with the current Co-Chairs;
c. Providing training for Honor Code Co-Chairs and Committee members in collaboration
with the Co-Chairs;
d. Administering Honor Code Proceedings;
e. Maintaining records of all case materials;
f. Advising the committee of past precedents;
g. Compiling and publishing the Honor Code Annual Report.
II. SUSPECTED VIOLATIONS
A. Reporting Suspected Violations: Students, faculty members and administrators
are obligated to report suspected violations of the Honor Code promptly to a
member of the Honor Code Committee, the Senior Associate Dean for Teaching and
Curriculum or any faculty member. This may also be done by emailing Honor@kellogg.northwestern.edu
B. Notification: The person to whom the suspected violation is initially
reported will notify the co-chairs for the respective program of the suspected
violation as soon as possible. The co-chairs will notify the student government
VP of Academics/Academic Representative, the Student Affairs Advisor and the
members of the committee. The Co-Chairs will also notify the charged student(s)
of the alleged infraction.
C. Confidentiality: Charges and all subsequent steps pertaining thereto
will be handled with utmost discretion, maintaining confidentiality to the extent
possible. Only the co-chairs, the VP of Academics/Academic Rep and the Student
Affairs Advisor will know the identities of the accused and the accuser(s) unless/until
the case goes before a student panel. Any breach of confidentiality, other than
as is required to complete an investigation or on a need-to-know basis, is an
Honor Code violation. The charged person may choose to waive his or her right
to confidentiality at any time during the investigation or hearing by giving
written notice to the co-chairs.
D. Investigators: One Co-Chair, the Student Affairs Advisor and the Academic
VP/Academic Rep for the respective program will conduct the investigation. Should
the Co-Chairs or VP of Academics/Academic Reprecuse him/herself or be unavailable
to conduct the investigation in a timely manner, his/her designee from the Honor
Code Committee or student government respectively will conduct the investigation.
E. Investigation: The investigation may include interviews with any and
all persons, regardless of affiliation with Kellogg, believed to have information
relevant to the incident. All interviews will be conducted in the presence of
at least two of the three investigators. Upon completion of the investigation,
the investigating committee will determine if sufficient evidence of a potential
violation exists to move forward with the Honor Code process or if the case
should be dismissed. Should the investigating committee determine that there
is not sufficient evidence to move forward with a case, its dismissal is final
and not subject to appeal without additional evidence.
If the accused student accepts responsibility for the alleged violation of the
Honor Code, the VP of Academics/Academic Rep will present an investigation report
to a sub-committee comprised of (1) 4 students from the Honor Code Committee
(2 student reps from home program including the second Co-Chair as leader, 2
student reps from other Masters Programs), and (2) for academic cases, 1 Faculty
Advisor, or for non-academic conduct related cases, the Student Affairs Advisor
from another Masters level program. Upon the presentation of the investigation
report, the sub-committee and the investigator/s will discuss the elements of
the case and address any ambiguities. At the conclusion of the discussion, the
sub-committee will determine recommended sanctions based on the results of the
investigation, the letter and spirit of the Honor Code, and the materiality
of the suspected violation. The Student Affairs Advisor will serve in an advisory
capacity to the committee, to assist with precedent and procedural questions
IV HEARING PANEL If the accused student does not accept responsi bility for
the alleged violation of the Honor Code, and the investigating committee determines
that there is sufficient evidence of a potential violation to move forward,
the case will be referred to a hearing panel.
A. Role: The purpose of the panel is to p rovide the dean of Kellogg
with a determination of fact and a recommended sanction, if any.
B. Composition: The Hearing Panel will be comprised of (1) 4 students
from the Honor Code Committee (2 student reps from home program including the
second Co-Chair as leader, 2 student reps from other Master s Programs), and
(2) for academic cases , 1 Faculty Advisor, or for non - academic conduct related
cases, the Student Affairs Advisor from another Master s level pr ogram. C.
Conflict of Interest : Members of the Honor Code Committee may notify a Student
Affairs Advisor to recuse themselves from a case when there is a potential conflict
of interest. Accused students may also submit a request to a Student Affairs
Administrator that a member of the Honor Code Committee not pa rticipate in
an Honor Code hearing due to potential conflict of interest.
A . Notification : Upon determining that the case will move to a hearing,
the Co-chair leading the hearing panel should immediately inform the charged
person of this fact via email. Once the date, time and location for the hearing
have been determined by the Student Affairs Advisor for the home program, the
Co-chair leading the hearing panel will provide written notification by email
to the charged person. This will be do ne promptly, while allowing time for
a Pre-hearing conference . The notification will include:
- The name of the charged person;
- The name of the charging person , if appropriate
- A description of the suspected violation;
- The date, time and place of the hearing; and
- The names of all other people being asked to provide evidence to the hearing
B . Advisor: During the hearing, the charged person/s may have a non-attorney
advisor who is affiliated with Northwestern University (faculty , staff, or
student) present. That advisor may not speak at the hearing.
C . Prehearing Conference: The charged person will be encouraged to attend
a prehearing confe rence conducted by the Co-Chair leading the hearing panel
. The purpose of this conferen ce is to clarify procedural issues concerning
the hearing and preparations for the hearing. The prehearing conference is to
be held prior to the hearing.
D. Preparation : An outline of the information to be presented at the
hearing will be made available to the charged person by the VP Academics/Academic
Rep prior to the hearing, to ensure that the charged person has had a reasonable
amount of time to complete his or her own investigation.
E . The Hearing
i. Location and time: The hearing will be held a t a place and time that
will protect the privacy of the matter and be convenient to all parties involved.
ii. Observers: Unless otherwise requested in writing by the charged person,
hearings will be closed. Witnesses are not permitted to remain in the he aring
room either before or after giving testimony . The charged personís adviser
will be permitted to attend the hearing, if applicable.
a. The Honor Code Co-Chair will direct the hearing.
b. The VP of Academics/Academic Rep will present to the pan el the findings
of the investigation as well as a written report. In conducting this role, the
investigator is not and should not be a ď prosecutor, Ē but should always seek
to present all relevant facts pertaining to the particular case.
c. The Charged Person/s will be given the opportunity to respond to the allegations
with: information, physical evidence, testimony or witnesses; and/or qu estions
of the witnesses who present to the Hearing Panel .
d. Hearing Panel members may question evidence and testimony pres ented by both
the investigator and the charged person.
iv. Rules of evidence: The hearing wi ll not be conducted according to
rules of evidence or the proced ures used in a court of law. The Co-chair s
will make determinations on the admissibility of evidence. Honor Code hearings
are educational, and not legal, proceedings.
v. Decisions: At the conclusion of the hearing, the panel members and
Student Affairs Advisor of the home program will meet p rivately to discuss
the hearing. Thereafter, all five member s of the hearing panel will vote to
determine whether or not the charged person is responsible for violating the
Honor Code. The Student Affairs Advisor from the home program will act as the
Executive Secretary to the Hearing panel, providing informat ion o n precedent
and procedures, but may not be involved in determination.
vi. Burden of Proof: For a finding of responsibility to be made, a majority
of the hear ing panel members must conclude that the preponderance of the material
presented during the h earing supports such a decision.
F . Acceptance of Charge for Suspected Violation : A t any point in the hearing
process, and at his or her sole discretion, the charged person may accept responsibility
for the alleged violation and thus waive his or her rig ht to a hearing . The
charged person must inform the co - chairs of his or her decision as soon as
possible, and subsequently provide a written and signed statement to the co
- chairs detailing what violation the student is taking responsibility for .
I n such situations, the sub - committee (see section III above) , after being
briefed by the investigating committee and with the advice of the Student Affairs
Advisor for the home program , will determine the recommended sanctions for
the violation. Possible sanct ions are listed below in Section VI . T he charged
person retains the rights to appeal these sanctions to the D ean of Kellogg
or his/her designee using the procedures outlined in Section VII below.
VI. SANCTIONS A. Recommendation of Sanctions: I f the stu den t/s is found
to be responsible for violating the Honor Code , the hearing panel members will
also recommend a sanction or slate of sanctions to the Deanís Office . The recommended
sanction(s) must be agreed to by a majority of the hearing panel members. Sanc
tions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
i. Loss of student /alumni rights and privileges for a specified period;
ii. Required service;
iii. Reduced or failing grade *
iv. Loss of e ligibility for academic honors or student awards
v. Loss of participation in graduation ceremony
vi. Probation vii. Suspension
viii . E xclusion (i.e., expulsion) from Kellogg and Northwestern University.
* Any sanction involving a re duced or failing grade will serve as a recommendation
to the appropriate facult y member.
B. Reporting of Sanctions: Sanctions that are r eportable outside the University
include Suspension and Exclusion . A sanction of P robation will be noted in
a studentís file until the time of graduation. Should no other infractions of
the Honor Cod e occur during that time, the notation will be removed at the
time of graduation. Should another infraction occur, the notation will be made
a permanent part of the studentís school record. A sanction of Suspension will
be recorded in a letter that will be made a permanent part of the studentís
record, before and after graduation. A sanction of Exclusion will be recorded
on the studentís transcript.
C. Notification of Determination and Sanction : For all cases, the Co-Chair
will provide a letter of deter mination and any r ecommendations of sanctions
to (1) the Senior Associate Dean for Teaching and Curriculum in academic related
cases or (2) the Associate Dean of MBA Programs in non - academic conduct related
cases, who shall approve or modify the recommende d sanctions in her/his discretion
. U pon receipt of approval of any recommended sanction(s) from the respective
Kellogg dean , the Co-Chair will share any relevant sanction (i.e., reduced
or failing grade) with any faculty who were involved in the case. S ubsequently,
the Co-Chair will provide the charged person written notice of the panelís determination
of fact and the final sanction(s), if any .
Within one business day of notifying the student , the determination sanctions
and a file containing all docments and physical evidence needed to evaluate
the case will be given to the Deanís Office of Kellogg.
A. Appeal to the Dean : Within five business days of the date of written notice
of the panelís determination of fact and any sanction( s), the charged person
may appeal the decision of responsibility and/or the sanction(s) to the dean
of Kellogg or his/her designee . Appeals may b e considered on the basis of
a perceived unduly harsh sanction(s), new , material information not available
or r easonably known at the time of the hearing or an alleged material violation
of procedure. All appeals must be in writing and include the following information:
i. The date the appeal is filed;
ii. The name, address and telephone number of the person making the appeal;and
iii. T he basis for the appeal. The appeal must also be forwarded to the relevant
Honor Code co-chairs . Both the co-chairs and the VP of Academics/Academic Rep
will be permitted to reply to the dean of Kellogg in writing to address the
issues raised by the appeal.
B. R esults of Appeals : :In connection with any appeal, the dean of Kellogg
may accept the Honor Code Committeeís sanctions of in whole or in part, or fashion
a decision he or she feels is more appropriate at his/her discretion . C. N
otification: The dean will notify the charged party of his or her decision in
writing within 10 business days after the appeal is filed , unless unusual circumstances
require additional time . The deanís decision on appeal shall be final and not
sub ject to further appeal.
Minutes of the investigation, meetings of the investigating committee and/or
hearing panel and all documents associated with the investigation and hearing
will be maintained by Kellogg.
IX . ANNUAL REPORT
The Student Affairs Advisors for the master s level programs will be responsible
for submitting an annual overview of all Honor Code Committee proceedings for
the past calendar year to the Kellogg community. The overview should include
a summary of allegations re ceived, investigation outcomes, and final sanctions
if any. This report will be an aggregate report of all masters level programs.
No student names or other personally identifiable information should be included
in the report. The annual report is to be issued during the fall quarter.
X . AMENDMENTS It is envisioned that from time to time amendments to the Kellogg
Honor Code may be necessary to clarify or amend provisions. As needed, the Dean
or his/her designee will appoint a committee comprised of student representatives
from each master level program, faculty and staff. The committee will propose
any recommended changes to the entire Honor Code Committee for feedback and
approval. A fter responding to any expressed concerns, and having gained the
a pproval of both the Honor Code Committee and the Northwestern University Office
of General Counsel, the c ommittee will share their final recommendations the
Dean , who shall have final approval of any proposed amendments in her/his discretion