STUDENT CENTER - JUDICIARY COUNCIL
The purpose of the Judiciary Council is to:
1. Hear cases involving serious offenses against the College community or a member thereof by a student or students;
2. Decide in case of a violation what sanction(s) shall be imposed against the person(s) involved;
3. Set the specific conditions and length of such sanction(s) as prescribed.
4. The decision of this Council shall be final subject to appeal to the Appeals Board.
The Council shall be composed of eight (8) persons: two (2) faculty members, two (2)
staff members and four (4) students. The Dean of Students shall appoint faculty, staff and
student members and each member shall serve a term of one (1) year. The Director of Student
Development shall serve as chairperson of the Council. The quorum for any given hearing will
be drawn from three (3) members of the Council to be comprised of one (1) faculty, one (1) staff
member, and one (1) student. The selection process shall be the responsibility of the chairperson.
Initiating the Case
Any academic or administrative official, faculty member, or student may file charges, in writing,
against any student for misconduct. The charges should be filed with the Dean of Students. In an
emergency or in extraordinary circumstances, the Dean of Students may suspend the student(s)
pending consideration of the case. The Dean of Students shall make a preliminary investigation
of the case for ascertaining whether the charges can be disposed of without setting in motion the
Judiciary Council. If this cannot be done, copies of the charge will be sent to the chairperson of
Upon receipt of the charges, the chairperson of the Council shall schedule a hearing. The
student(s) shall be given notice of the time and place of the hearing and shall be advised that
witnesses and an advisor may be present and also be informed of the charge(s) being brought.
The hearing will be private. If for a lack of a sufficient reason, as judged by the Council, an
accused individual fails to appear at the agreed time of the hearing, the Council reserves the
right to proceed without the presence of the accused. If the absence is unexcused, the accused
forfeits any right of appeal. The Council shall hear the testimony of the witnesses. A record
of all hearings shall be kept under the supervision of the chairperson and made available to
all parties involved for preparing appeals. Students are required to dress professionally for
the hearing. The Judiciary Council shall, make within two days, a full report to the Dean of
Students including the minutes and the decision and recommendations. It shall also provide
the accused with a copy of its decision within two days. Any student who feels that he/she has
cause may appeal a disciplinary decision by filing a notice of Appeal with the Appeals Board.The Appeals Board serves as a review committee only to determine whether the Judiciary
Council acted fairly in rendering its decision. If the Board finds that the Judiciary Council
acted unfairly, the decision will be sent back to the Judiciary Council for further consideration.
If the Appeals Board supports the original ruling, the decision of the Council stands.
The accused may appeal the decision of the Judiciary Council by so stating in a letter to the Dean
of Students within seven (7) days after the decision. The petition of appeal will be forwarded
within two (2) days to the Appeals Board. The appeal shall be limited to a review of the Council’s decision for the purpose of determining whether it acted fairly in light of the charge
and evidence presented to the Council.
The Appeal Board cannot amend the decision of the Judiciary Council or call witnesses or
further question the alleged offenders. The Chairperson of the Judiciary Council will submit
detail minutes of the hearing and the decision rendered for the review of the Appeals Board. All
sanctions apply during the appeal process.
Copies of the decision on the appeal will be sent to the accused and to the Dean of Students or
The Appeal Board will be selected from among the remaining five (5) members not associated
with the case. The selection process shall be the responsibility of the Dean of Students.
It shall be comprised of three (3) members: one (1) from each group already identified. Members of the Appeals Board will not have been involved in the adjudicating of the case being
considered. The chairperson will be elected by mutual consent. The chair’s responsibility will be
to conduct the appeal hearing and to provide the appropriate bodies with copies of the Board’s
Decisions of the appeal may be lobbied in writing to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students
has the power to overturn a ruling if it is deemed unfair. Only “zero tolerance” offenses that
result in sanctions of suspension or expulsion may be appealed to the President. All other
sanctions approved by the Dean of Students are final.
Role of the Attorney
When a student is accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct, and criminal charges
are pending against the student, an attorney may be present. In such instances, the role of the
attorney is limited and passive. The attorney cannot actively participate in the hearing or ask
questions of the witnesses or judicial board members. The attorney’s role is to advise the student
regarding self-incrimination and to observe the proceedings. If a student does not have present
criminal charges pending, an attorney will not be permitted to be present during any disciplinary
Role of the Parent
Parents are prohibited from attending judiciary proceedings.