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About the Board on Judicial Affairs

The Board on Judicial Affairs (BJA) is a 15-person standing committee composed of Stanford faculty, staff and students (both graduate and undergraduate) that is charged with overseeing judicial affairs including adopting or modifying bylaws specifying policies and procedures, adopting and/or modifying the Student Conduct Penalty Code, and proposing amendments to the Student Judicial Charter of 1997. The BJA consists of students jointly appointed by the Undergraduate Senate and the Graduate Student Council of the Associated Students of Stanford University, faculty appointed by the Senate of the Academic Council, and university staff approved by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. 

In accordance with the Student Judicial Charter of 1997, the Board on Judicial Affairs welcomes input from members of the Stanford community and invites them to propose suggestions about modification of judicial procedures. The BJA encourages open discussion while also recognizing the necessity of confidentiality in its discussion of sensitive topics. Summarized minutes will continue to be published on the web. Requests to present business in front of the BJA should be directed to the BJA co-chairs. Guests will be invited to attend specific parts of BJA meetings as appropriate. The BJA will have an open forum at least once per year for the community to contribute public comment.

2019–20 BJA Meeting Minutes:

Please note that the practice of the BJA is to review and approve the minutes from each meeting at the subsequent meeting.  Meeting notes are uploaded upon BJA approval.

Fall Quarter

September 27, 2019

October 10, 2019

October 24, 2019

November 7, 2019

November 21, 2019

December 2, 2019

Board Members, 2019–20 Academic Year


  • Ross Shachter, Management Science and Engineering*
  • Janet Carlson, Graduate School of Education*
  • Lisa Douglass, Law School*
  • Thomas Mullaney, History
  • Brad Osgood, Electrical Engineering*
  • Michael Rosenfeld, Sociology*


  • Elsa Gontrum, Bechtel International Center*
  • Anna Wang, Law School*
  • Christopher Carter, Office of Student Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority Life


  • Catherine Sanchez, Sociology (graduate)*, Chair
  • Jamie Fine, Modern Thought and Literature (graduate)*
  • Natalie Geise, Chemistry (graduate)*
  • Sarah Johnson, Mechanical Engineering (graduate)*
  • Ismail Liban, Chemistry (undergraduate)
  • Mark Vander Ploeg, Master of Liberal Arts (graduate)

* returning member