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Fall 2013 Draft Amendments to the UNC School of Law Constitution

Article VII: The Honor CourtSystem

Section 1. Jurisdiction and Procedures

The Graduate and Professional Honor Court shall have the authority to hear all matters concerning alleged violations of the Honor Code by students who are enrolled in the UNC School of Law, as set forth in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance. Such matters shall be adjudicated in accordance with the procedures of the Graduate and Professional Honor System.

Section 2. Officers

  1. Honor Court Vice Chair of the Law School
    1. Appointment – The Vice Chair of the Law School shall be selected in accordance with the procedures of the Graduate and Professional Honor CourtSystem. The outgoing Vice Chair and the Graduate and Professional Honor Court Chair shall appoint the incoming Vice Chair during the spring semester. The term of office shall last one year.
    2. Eligibility – To be eligible, the individual must be enrolled in the UNC School of Law, be in good academic standing, and have served as a member of the Honor Court for at least one semester.have completed a minimum of one resident semester as a law student, actively served on the Honor Court for one resident semester prior to appointment, and maintained an over-all scholastic average of 2.90. This position shall not be filled by members of the Board of Governors of the UNC Law Student Bar Association.
    3. Responsibilities – For Honor Court cases arising out of the UNC School of Law, it shall be the responsibility of the Vice Chair of the Law School to serve as the default chair of the hearing panel. The Vice Chair shall have an active role in recruiting and maintaining membership on the Honor Court from the UNC School of Law. This position also entails educating law students about their rights and responsibilities under the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.
  2. Deputy Attorney General of the Law School
    1. Appointment – The Deputy Attorney General of the Law School shall be selected in accordance with the procedures of the Graduate and Professional Honor CourtSystem. The outgoing Deputy Attorney General and the Graduate and Professional Attorney General shall appoint the incoming Deputy Attorney General during the spring semester. The term of office shall last one year.
    2. Eligibility – To be eligible, the individual must be enrolled in the UNC School of Law, be in good academic standing, and have served as a member of the Attorney General’s Staff for at least one semester.have completed a minimum of one resident semester as a law student, actively served on the Attorney General's Staff for one resident semester prior to appointment, and maintained an over-all scholastic average of 2.90. This position shall not be filled by members of the Board of Governors of the UNC Law Student Bar Association.
    3. Responsibilities – For Honor Court cases arising out of the UNC School of Law, it shall be the responsibility of the Deputy Attorney General of the Law School to serve as the default investigative counsel and present evidence on behalf of the University before the hearing panel. This position also entails educating law students about their rights and responsibilities under the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance.

Section 3. Membership

  1. Selection – Any student enrolled in the UNC School of Law in good academic standing may apply to serve as a member ofn the Graduate and Professional Honor Court or the Graduate and Professional Attorney General’s Staff. The recruitment of new members shall take place during the fall semester, and final determinations shall be made by the Graduate and Professional Honor Court Chair and the Graduate and Professional Attorney General, respectively.shall be led by the Vice Chair and Deputy Attorney General. The selection process shall be in accordance with the procedures of the Graduate and Professional Honor System. Racial, sexual, and other diversity factors represented within the UNC School of Law student body may be considered in the selection process.
  2. Hearing Composition – For Honor Court cases arising out of the UNC School of Law, the hearing panel shall consist of members of the Graduate and Professional Honor Court, with adequate representation from members who are law students.
  3. Terms of Office – Law students who are selected to serve on the Graduate and Professional Honor Court or the Graduate and Professional Attorney General’s Staff shall remain members until graduation from the UNC School of Law. They may resign at any time after giving notice to the Graduate and Professional Honor Court Chair or the Graduate and Professional Attorney General, respectively. They are expected to adhere to the highest standards of conduct and are subject to removal for any conduct that falls below the standards set forth in the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance or in the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.
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