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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

Winter Quarter

January 6, 2020

January 24, 2020

February 7, 2020

February 18, 2020

March 4, 2020

Spring Quarter

April 24, 2020

May 15, 2020

May 29, 2020

Summer Quarter

August 14, 2020

August 25, 2020

2020–21 BJA Meeting Minutes:

Fall Quarter

September 23, 2020

October 6, 2020

October 23, 2020

November 4, 2020

Winter Quarter

January 20, 2021

February 17, 2021

Spring Quarter

April 8, 2021


Board Members, 2020–21 Academic Year


  • Grant Parker, Classics
  • Janet Carlson, Graduate School of Education*
  • Keith Schwartz, Computer Science
  • Michael Rosenfeld, Sociology*
  • Nora Engstrom, Law School
  • Ross Shachter, Management Science and Engineering*


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


  • Catherine Sanchez, Sociology (graduate)*, Chair
  • Grant Kessler, Management Science & Engineering (undergraduate)
  • Mark Vander Ploeg, Master of Liberal Arts (graduate)*
  • Natalie Geise, Chemistry (graduate)*
  • Taylor Nicolas, Law (graduate)

* returning member