Can a parent be involved in a hearing? An accused student’s parents can act as a character witnesses in a case. Guidelines for support persons and attorneys apply to parents. If a parent does not meet those guidelines, s/he may not serve in that capacity.
How long will the hearing take? A Judicial Council Hearing can last as short as a half hour or could last as long as several hours. Once the witnesses have provided information to the board they are free to leave unless the board requests they remain. However, the accused student is asked to remain through the entirety of the hearing.
What does the Council know about a student's previous case history? The Council will not have access to a previous case history unless they find the accused student responsible for the Judicial charge(s). At that time they will use the student's previous case history to determine the appropriate Judicial sanction(s). If a student chooses to tell the Council their previous case history in the hearing, the Council may ask additional questions of the student regarding the history they revealed.
What if a witness can’t be there for the hearing? Witnesses may submit a written statement in lieu of being present at the council hearing. The accused student can either bring 7 copies of this statement to the hearing or provide it to the Judicial Coordinator 48 hours prior to the hearing.
Who will be on the Judicial Council? For a minor board, there will be 3 student board members and a non-voting faculty/staff chair. For a major board, there will be 3 student & 3 faculty/staff board members and a non-voting faculty/staff chair. All of the board members have been trained by the Office of Judicial Affairs on our policies and procedures.
Can Judicial Council give a student more sanctions than they received from the first hearing officer? Yes. When a student goes to Council, they are stating that they want the case re-heard. The Council members will not know what the first hearing officer gave the accused student as a sanction. Therefore, they could do the same thing the original hearing officer did, less sanctioning, or more sanctioning. It is important to consider this when going to Council; the student will NOT be able to revert back to the original hearing officer’s decision once they've gone through the Council process.