Cadets Serve on Honor Council
CPT Aaron Butt, a member of the English faculty serving students in both the middle school and upper school, also serves as the faculty advisor to the honor council. He describes the work of the cadets serving on the honor council:
"The honor council is led by president Ozz Ben-David, Vice President Walker Lander, Secretary Samer Khalil, and Sergeant at Arms Josh Henriques. The other members are Cadets Garrison, Hawley, Alex Thomas, Pessaud, Grabeel, and Warner.
"Ozz Ben-David leads the proceedings, overseeing the proceedings of the council. Walker Lander fills in during Ben-David’s absence. Samer Khalil makes the record the proceedings, and Josh Henriques escorts the cadets in and out, and calls any needed witnesses.
"When a cadet stands before the council accused of committing an honor violation, these members of the council have the opportunity to speak directly to the cadet, address the offense, mete out consequences, but most importantly, to help encourage and guide the cadet to put the situation behind them and return back into the Corps with a renewed enthusiasm to represent the honor and integrity of Fork Union Military Academy.
"The honor council does not determine the facts, and the cadets standing in front of the council have already been determined guilty by the Dean/Commandant/Faculty Advisor. However, upon listening to the offense, the council can ask for more information about the violation, and if they are not convinced of the cadet’s guilt they can send the violation back up to the Dean. They must believe the evidence enough to take ownership of the decision to give consequences.
"As peers, the honor council members listen to the cadet and allow them a voice, but they also as peers admonish the cadets before the council to take responsibility for their actions, and become men of their word and good representatives of the Corps of Cadets.
"Their main priority in the council is to determine consequences and to have a chance to speak to the offender and offense, uphold the honor and integrity of the Academy, and help to encourage and reinstate the cadets into the Corps and build cadets of integrity."
AS THE FACULTY ADVISOR, IT HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH THESE OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN, AND WATCH THEM TAKE LEADERSHIP OF THE HONOR COUNCIL.