Office of Judicial Affairs
We collaborate with partners to facilitate civic responsibility and student development in order to provide opportunities for the cultivation and restoration of the university community.
The Office of Judicial Affairs approaches student conduct from an educational, developmental and restorative perspective. We engage students in a fair and equitable process in order to foster a safe learning environment for the entire university community. Our two primary concerns at all times are the safety of the university community as a whole and the positive development of the individual students we encounter. It is important to note that despite our developmental approach there are times when the safety of the community must take precedent over the needs of the individual student.
We believe that individual behaviors do not represent an individual as a whole. We teach that behaviors can have positive and negative impacts on multiple parties. We also believe that while individuals must take responsibility for these behaviors, it is possible to change behavior for the future and to learn from mistakes. In dialogue with students, we strive to illuminate and explore the nature of any harms that have been caused to create a better understanding of the impact behavior can have on one’s self or the community. We intend to motivate students to change their behavior to have more positive impacts and fewer negative impacts.
When determining possible obligations a student may have as a result of their behavior we consider not only the particular incident for which the charge was placed, but also the needs of that individual student as a whole. Although we place a high value on the importance of consistency in our process, we also recognize that every situation and every person is different. Our sanctions are designed to be educational in nature, based on current theory, best practices, and relevant assessment. A student’s need for the benefit provided by a particular sanction is not necessarily dependent on their behavior in a particular instance but on the totality of their experience. Ultimately, we hope to engage in a relationship with students in order to turn negative incidents into opportunities for positive growth.