Peer Judicial Boards
There are 2 Peer Judicial Boards advised by staff in the Office of Student Life and the Office of Residence Life.
What Do Peer Judicial Boards Do?
Each Peer Judicial Board consists of resident and non-resident students who are responsible for adjudicating cases involving violations of the Student Conduct Code through a hearing. For each case board members consider information contained in incident report(s) as well as presented by involved students and any witnesses. Board members are responsible for determining whether students are responsible for the reported violation(s) of the Student Conduct Code. If students are determined to be responsible, the board assigns appropriate sanctions.
Why Are There Peer Judicial Boards?
The Student Conduct Code is intended to protect and maintain an academic climate in which the fundamental freedom to learn can be enjoyed by all and where the rights and well being of all members of the community are protected. Reported violations are adjudicated through the University judicial system, which is in place as a medium for education. The University places a high value on having students participate in the judicial process because as peers of the involved students, they bring a unique perspective to the process and can help the involved students to better understand the impact of their actions on other students and the rest of the community. Students who meet a certain standard after serving on the Peer Judicial Board may be eligible to serve on the University Discipline Council and/or the Sexual Misconduct Board.
Students selected to be part of the Peer Judicial Boards must participate in a training session in the fall quarter. Based on availability, every board member hears cases on the same day every week for about 2 hours. While the board convenes weekly, not every board member is expected to attend each hearing. The length of the hearing varies depending on the case and the number of students involved.
- Participation in board training
- Hear cases of student conduct to determine responsibility and assign sanctions if appropriate
- Keep information presented in the hearing process confidential
- Model good judgment and behavior outside of board meetings
- Adhere to all policies as outlined in the Student Handbook
- Understanding of the Jesuit Catholic nature of the University
- Understanding of the philosophy of the Student Conduct Code and the judicial system
- Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment, show compassion, and be fair-minded
- Willingness to challenge peers and successfully manage social pressures
- Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
- Good judicial standing with the University
- Good academic standing with the University and a minimum GPA of 2.0
Peer Judicial Boards Application Packet, 2013-14