Mar. 24, 2020

Message from the Dean of Students: Campus Update and Honor Code Reminder

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Hello Students, 

I hope that you are doing well. I've missed sending the daily emails but I figure that you are getting enough messages from others as we get ready to transition back to classes.  

On campus, the move-out process ended yesterday and we are all gearing up for the start of classes tomorrow. We are also working with the small number of students who remained on campus and orienting them to a campus that looks very different than usual--we have an online town hall meeting this afternoon with this group to discuss details about the campus and Connecticut Governor Lamont's expectations for Connecticut residents. Staff from the divisions of Student Life, Dean of The College, and Institutional Equity and Inclusion will be in touch with the broader student body in the coming days as we get back to our work with you. 

Before classes start tomorrow I'm sharing with you a message below from Dean Cardwell about the honor code as we shift to remote learning. Please read this carefully and keep this information in mind as you go back to classes. 

Best of luck in the coming days! 

Victor Arcelus
Dean of Students 


Dear Students,

I know the past two weeks have been disorienting in so many ways, and in the midst of moving, you have also been preparing to transition to remote learning. As we shift to this new landscape, I want to highlight how remote learning and your online interactions intersect with the Honor Code. The Honor Code’s ideals of integrity, civility, and the respect for the dignity of all human beings should continue to inform how you engage with each other, with your professors and with your academic work. Please remember that forms of academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:

  • Unauthorized discussion, dissemination or distribution of the content of any exam or assignment

  • Attempts to give or receive unauthorized aid (you can still use the ARC)

  • Plagiarism

  • Unauthorized editing of work after submission for a grade (i.e. via Moodle posts)

  • Unauthorized recording, screenshots, and/or distribution of classroom sessions

Beyond academic matters, we are all communicating more frequently than ever via social media and other online channels. Please remember that something you might have shared in person may come across quite differently on social media. Take the time to think twice about your posts and be kind to each other. The person you are engaging with online and on social media is a Camel too. 

The College policies, as outlined in the Student Handbook on Camelweb, continue to be in effect. Below are some helpful reminders:  

  • The Honor Code Incident Report Form, the Bias Incident Report Form, and the Anonymous Sexual Misconduct Report Form are available on Camelweb under the Incident Reporting tab. You can also access these forms via the College’s Guardian app.

  • In addition to using these forms, students may report sexual misconduct, gender-based harassment or bias discrimination and/or harassment behaviors or actions by directly contacting Ebony Manning, associate dean for Equity and Compliance Programs at

  • Honor Council and the other conduct processes (i.e. administrative meetings, investigations) are continuing through online platforms or conference calls. As usual, communication about these meetings occurs through your Conn email. We will work to adjust to different time zones and accommodate issues of accessibility.

  • Sanctions issued through any conduct process may be adjusted as needed to accommodate our new environment. If you have sanctions that need to be completed, you will receive additional information about how to do this. Conduct statuses (i.e. disciplinary probation) remain in effect. 

Lastly, I want to emphasize that access to the Conn campus is currently limited to the very small number of students approved to stay on campus. Students who are off campus are not permitted to come to Conn, and students living on campus may not have guests visit the College. If there is an extenuating circumstance, please be in touch in advance with me or Dean of Students Victor Arcelus to secure approval.  

I wish you well in the coming days and weeks.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.  


Sarah Cardwell
Senior Associate Dean for Student Life