Student Code of ConductStudent Code of Conduct
Frequently Asked Questions
Board members are expected to participate in a series of meetings, outreach programs, and hearings per semester. In general, student board members are scheduled to participate in 6-8 hearings per semester. Hearings take place on Mondays and Thursdays starting at 3:30 and last (on average) about three hours.In addition to hearings, board meetings are held once every two or three weeks and include a mixture of training topics, committee work, and other announcements related to the Board. Outside of hearings and meetings, Board members often participate in outreach programs, including classroom presentations related to academic integrity and non-academic misconduct.Most board members report that membership on the Board requires that they maintain an organized scheduled but that it does not over-burden their academics or other involvements.
Prior to participating as a hearing officer, Board members are expected to participate in a number of separate training opportunities. New Member Training, a two day intensive training program, is scheduled to occur directly after selection and provides the basics for participation on the Board. Following New Member Training, board members gain additional training by observing two full Board hearings and participating in individual training sessions. In most cases, Board members are fully trained and ready to participate as a hearing officer by the middle of the Spring semester. Although new Board members often express concern about making a mistake, the ongoing training process for new members (and returning members also) often relieves new members of this anxiety and allows them to feel confident in their decisions.
Most hearings involve at three or four students and a staff/faculty member. During the hearing, Board members are asked to objectively assess the information presented and come to a conclusion about the responsibility of the respondent (the person responding to the allegation). If the Board decides the respondent is responsible for an allegation, the Board also decides what the outcome (or sanction) in the case should be.
Members who have participated on the Board for at least one semester are eligible for increased leadership opportunities. Among these is the Hearing Assistant role, committee chairs, participation on the leadership council, and the ability to run for student chief justice.Hearing Assistants are individuals who help guide respondents (those responding to the allegations) through the conduct process. They provide feedback to respondents and make suggestions regarding the best ways to prepare for an upcoming hearing. Those who have served as judicial assistants are eligible to run for student chief justice, an elected position through Student Government.In addition to hearings, the Board also consists of several committees designed to ensure the success of the Board. While all members are expected to participate as part of a committee, those with experience are provided the opportunity to chair these committees.
Yes, graduate students are strongly encouraged to participate as hearing officers on the Board. Because the Board understands that graduate students often have limited time, the obligations placed on graduate students’ participation are reduced. For answers to specific questions about graduate student participation, please contact the Student Chief Justice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to contact the Student Chief Justice (Jess Errico) at email@example.com with additional questions or concerns.