What Happens in the Judicial Process
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Here you can learn about the typical steps in the judicial process.
Typical Steps in the Judicial Process
- Concern Reported: The process begins when someone files a concern with the Office of Community Standards (OCS).
- Responding Student Notified: OCS contacts the student involved to share information about the concern and request that the student schedule appointments with OCS staff.
- Meeting with Judicial Advisor (JA): Responding student meets with the JA to learn about the process and her/his rights.
- Meeting with Judicial Officer (JO): Responding student meets with Judicial Officer to respond to the concern and discuss the next steps in the investigation, including potential witnesses.
- Charge Decision: Unless the concern is withdrawn by the reporting party or referred by the JO for a different resolution, the JO determines if there is sufficient evidence for charges to be filed. If there is sufficient evidence, a hearing date is scheduled.
- Judicial Panel Hearing: Panel of six members may i) dismiss the case for insufficient evidence, ii) find that no violation occurred or iii) find that a violation did occur. If the Panel finds that a violation did occur, they may also impose appropriate sanctions.
- Sanction Review: Reviewed by the Dean of Student Life for general conformance with precedent and the Student Conduct Penalty Code.
- Student Notified: Responding student is notified of the outcome of the sanction review.
Key Figures in the Judicial Process
In addition to the responding student, there are a several key participants in the process.
- Judicial Advisor: OCS staff member who serves as a neutral party in the process; advises on judicial procedures to all involved parties.
- Judicial Officer: OCS staff member who thoroughly reviews all evidence to determine whether charges should be filed; presents evidence at Judicial Panel hearings.
- Judicial Panelists: Trained students, faculty and staff who serve on Judicial Panel hearings and determine whether a violation occurred and, if so, determine sanctions.
- Judicial Counselors: Trained volunteers who provide confidential assistance to participants at any point in the process usually faculty, staff or students who are current or former members of the Judicial Panel Pool.
- Witnesses: Individuals with information relevant to the facts and issues of the case.