Selection of Members

Nominations for 2022-2023 are now closed.

Any member of the Harvard community can nominate a Harvard College undergraduate for Honor Council membership. Students can nominate themselves. Nominees will receive an email inviting them to submit an application to be a Voting Member, Student Academic Integrity Fellow (SAIF), or both (nominees can submit one application for both positions). 

Following the close of the application process, Honor Council members will review applications and interview candidates in January/February. Students selected for both positions will be notified in March.

We are looking for as broad a range of representatives as possible on the Honor Council. Applicants do not need previous experience with Honor Codes; instead, we are looking for honest, mature, thoughtful, and responsible students who can handle one of the most important academic jobs in the College—building and maintaining Harvard’s culture of academic integrity. Successful candidates will demonstrate responsibility, commitment to academic values, attention to detail, empathy, and discretion.  

Membership Selection Timeline:

  • Nominations for members of classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025
  • Applications will be sent to nominees in early January
  • Interviews to be held in late January & February
  • Final selections announced in February

Please note, membership on the Honor Council entails significant responsibility and is expected to be the major extracurricular activity for student members. After selection, Honor Council members will commit to an extended period of weekly training from February through the end of April. Members will then return to campus in mid-August for the final training. Similarly, as the need to deliberate on cases extends through final exams, Honor Council members will be expected to remain in residence through the end of final exams in December, return for Wintersession, and remain in residence through Commencement.

 

Positions on the Honor Council:

Voting members of the Honor Council are representatives of a renewed culture of academic integrity at Harvard College, and participation in the Council is both a position of community leadership and of great responsibility. Students make up half of the Honor Council and work as equals with faculty members, administrators, and teaching fellows on the student-faculty teams that review, deliberate, and determine outcomes (as necessary) for cases of potential academic dishonesty that come before the Honor Council.  Voting members commit to attending at least one monthly case meeting and a monthly training and organizing session. During periods of increased volume, voting members may be scheduled for two or more case meetings per month. Case meetings are ordinarily held on Monday afternoons and often  involve significant reading and preparation. Training and organizing sessions last a maximum of two hours and may require an equal amount of preparation.

In addition to deliberation on cases, voting members serve as academic integrity ambassadors, explaining the Honor Code and extending our commitment to academic integrity throughout the community. 

Requirements:

  • Discretion, sensitivity, empathy, maturity, responsibility, and ability to handle confidential materials flawlessly
  • Commitment to weekly training meetings February-April, 2022 and more intensive training in August 2022
  • 1 year of service in 2022-23 Academic Year
  • Attendance scheduled case meetings and monthly organizational meetings
  • Remain in residence through end of final exams in December 2022 and until Commencement 2023
  • Service on Honor Council committees that focus on the Council's engagement with the larger community and institutional maintenance

Supportive and empathetic students are needed to serve as Student Academic Integrity Fellows (SAIFs) for the Honor Council. SAIFs provide trained, structured support for students involved in Honor Council reviews. Duties include providing support to students going through an Honor Council review by explaining the Honor Council procedures, helping students understand their options during the Honor Council process, offering feedback on draft personal statements, connecting students to resources outside of the Honor Council, and remaining a point of contact for the student following the conclusion of the review. 

New SAIFs will receive extensive training on the policies of the Honor Council during the spring 2022 semester. The Honor Council will begin meeting in Fall 2022, and SAIFs will then support students going through an Honor Council review on a case-by-case basis. SAIFs will need to remain available to support students (in person or remotely) through the end of the the fall and spring terms. SAIFs also attend monthly, two-hour training and organizing sessions of the Honor Council.

In addition to supporting students throughout the Honor Council process, SAIFs serve as academic integrity ambassadors, explaining the Honor Code and extending our commitment to academic integrity throughout the community.

Requirements:

  • Empathy, sensitivity, maturity, responsibility, and the ability to provide support for students under stress
  • Commitment to training meetings February-April, 2022
  • Commitment to one year of service in 2022-23 Academic Year
  • Attendance at Honor Council meetings on a case-by-case basis and monthly organizational meetings
  • Availability to work with students remotely through the end of final exams in December 2022 and May 2023
  • Service on Honor Council committees that focus on the Council's engagement with the larger community and institutional maintenance