Student Judicial Board
Students have a good deal of freedom at Wesleyan University. With this freedom comes significant responsibility. While there are a number of policies and regulations that facilitate our educational mission and community life, these expectations represent reasonable regulation of campus conduct. Although the Code of Non-Academic Conduct is comprised of 15 “common sense” regulations (below), all members of the Wesleyan community should remember that a reasonable, considerate, and courteous attitude toward all others in the community is the primary goal and the best guideline.
Consistent with Wesleyan’s commitment to student governance, the University utilizes a peer-based judicial system to address alleged violations of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct. The Student Judicial Board (SJB) is responsible for primary adjudication of all alleged violations of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct except those cases that may arise when the SJB cannot convene (summer, recess periods, etc.) The dean of students' office oversees and advises the SJB.
In order to permit the expeditious handling of cases involving minor judicial violations or matters that might be resolved through mediation, the SJB may, with the approval of the dean of student services, delegate responsibilities for mediation or adjudication to Residential Life or other Student Services administrators.
More detailed information about Wesleyan’s Code of Non-Academic Conduct, the judicial process, and the SJB may be accessed through the following links:
Student Judicial Board Mission Statement
As an essential element of student governance, the Student Judicial Board exists to uphold the standards of the Wesleyan Community by providing equitable and unbiased peer adjudication of alleged student violations of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct. The Board seeks to respond constructively, fairly, and effectively to alleged violations. In order to do so, the Board makes every effort to respond to all cases in a timely manner, to ensure that all students are aware of their rights within the judicial process, and to protect those rights. The Board strives to deal with cases in a manner that is conducive to a student’s personal growth and accountability to the Wesleyan Community.
There are many resources available for students who have been asked address an alleged violation of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct. If you have any questions about how to access these resources or have questions about the judicial process, you should contact the dean of students office or visit the office during business hours.
The Judicial Procedures
There are several adjudication procedures used to resolve cases. Minor judicial matters and cases where mediation is feasible are referred to the Residential Life professional staff who will contact the accused student(s) and attempt to resolve the case via a judicial conference. If the case cannot be resolved via judicial conference, or if the alleged violation is more serious, a formal hearing will be convened.
The Code of Non-Academic Conduct
Click here to review the 15 regulations that comprise the Code of Non-Academic Conduct.
Judicial Reports and Case Summaries
The SJB periodically publishes a summary of the cases adjudicated by the board. The most recent judicial report and case summaries as well as past reports are available here.
The current student members and faculty/administrative advisors.
Process for filing a charge
Information about how to file a charge with the SJB.
What happens during a hearing?
Regardless of the specific composition of the panel hearing the case, the same hearing procedures are followed.