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Student Handbook

III. The Student Judicial Board

  • Composition and Tenure
    • 1. The voting membership of the Student Judicial Board (SJB) shall consist of nine undergraduate students, each serving a two-year term.

      2. The advisory membership of the SJB shall consist of two faculty members, each serving a two-year term, and the dean of students (or designee), serving ex officio.

  • Selection
    • 1. The regular voting members of the SJB shall normally be selected in the spring of their sophomore year to serve a two-year term during their junior and senior years.

      2. Additional members may be selected to fill vacancies. They will serve for the duration of the unexpired term.

      3. Voting members shall be chosen by a selection committee consisting of at least two voting members of the SJB, at least one advisor, and at least two members of the Wesleyan Student Assembly.

      4. A voting member of the SJB may be removed from the board, for cause, by the dean of students. Complaints against a voting member of the SJB should be submitted to the dean of students.

      15. No voting member of the SJB shall serve concurrently on the Student Affairs Committee of the Wesleyan Student Assembly or the Trustees’ Campus Affairs Committee.

      6. The faculty advisors to the SJB will be appointed by the vice president for student affairs in consultation with the SJB and the Faculty Executive Committee. Faculty advisors will be expected to participate in SJB training.

  • Officers
    • 1. The voting members of the SJB shall select, with the approval of the dean of students, two co-chairs, each normally serving at least a one-semester term.

      2. The co-chairs shall review complaints as they are received by the clerk, consult with the administrative advisor(s) on the appropriate method of adjudication, and schedule judicial hearings as appropriate. The co-chairs will maintain records in a form approved by the dean of students.

  • Responsibilities
    • 1. The SJB shall hear complaints concerning alleged violations of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct by other students or by student groups. When appropriate, the SJB shall attempt to refer cases for mediation prior to any formal adjudication. In all cases, the SJB shall determine the level of individual and/or group responsibility for the incident leading to the complaint.

      2. The SJB shall be 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.). Cases arising when the SJB cannot convene may be held in abeyance until such time as the SJB reconvenes, may be disposed of via judicial conference, or may be adjudicated by an interim administrative judicial board. Such an interim administrative board shall be comprised of the dean of students (or designee), an advisor to the SJB and at least one student member of the SJB. The SJB member(s) of the interim administrative board may participate in hearings via speakerphone or other similar technology. The dean of students will consult with a designated representative from the SJB in order to determine the manner in which cases should be resolved when the SJB cannot convene.

      3. In order to permit the expeditious handling of cases in which mediation is feasible or of minor judicial matters, the SJB may, with the approval of the dean of students, develop simplified procedures and may delegate the responsibilities for mediation or adjudication.

      4. In judicial matters, the SJB shall receive evidence, hear witnesses, determine if the reported student(s) or group is responsible for violations of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct, and shall recommend sanctions to the dean of students. In a formal sense, the authority to impose sanctions in the name of the University must be vested in an officer of the University.

      5. The role of the faculty and administrative advisor(s) is to brief the SJB before each hearing to ensure a clear understanding of the regulation(s) in question and of the hearing procedures. The advisor(s) shall advise the chair during hearings to see that the Board follows procedures correctly. They may offer information and assist the chair in facilitation. They may also offer advice or clarification regarding appropriate sanctions or questions regarding policies and procedures during deliberations in closed session. In cases involving sexual offenses, the advisor(s) will review all written material before submission to the SJB and delete any references to the prior sexual history of either party.

      6. The SJB shall periodically distribute a summary of the cases adjudicated by the board to the campus community. The names of those involved in the cases should be omitted and identifying information changed as appropriate to protect the confidentiality of those involved.