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300 Scotland Road - McNerney Hall
Edinboro, PA 16444
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What is the residence hall judicial board?
The Residence Hall Judicial Board exists to help uphold the integrity of the University's Community Values and to adjudicate violations of the Residence Hall Community Standards and the Student Code of Conduct. The Residence Hall Judicial Board is an official arm of the University's judicial system, and has the authority to hear disciplinary cases and to recommend sanctions.
Why do we have a residence hall judicial board?
By empowering residents to create and enforce community living standards, students will develop a sense of pride and ownership of their residence hall community. Through the Residence Hall Judicial Board, students are directly responsible for establishing an atmosphere that is conducive to safe community living, learning, and respectful of individual differences.
How can I become a member of the judicial board?
Residents interested in joining the Board are encouraged to notify their Area Coordinator. Residence Hall Judicial Board members will take part in a training session to familiarize them with the University's judicial system. Those who successfully complete the training will serve in a pool of students who are available to be called upon in the event of a Residence Hall Judicial Board Hearing. All Residence Hall Judicial Board members are required to maintain a minimum 2.5 QPA and a clear disciplinary record. Each case will be heard by three to five Residence Hall Judicial Board members. A staff advisor will be present at hearings to ensure that judicial procedures are followed.
What types of cases will the residence hall judicial board hear?
Residence Hall Judicial Board members can expect to hear cases involving Negotiable and Non-Negotiable Standards as well as minor cases concerning Health, Welfare, and Safety, and Operation of the University. Cases will be assigned through the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The Residence Hall Judicial Board is a joint venture between the Office of Residence Life and Housing, and the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.
What types of sanctions can the board recommend?
Disciplinary Warning: Written action taken when the individual's conduct merits an official admonition. The student is advised that further misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.
Disciplinary Probation: A period of official censure, whereas a further violation by a student while on disciplinary probation may result in a University suspension or expulsion. The term of the probationary status will be established by the board.
Mentoring: An assignment to a faculty, staff, community, or student mentor to provide support in the areas of personal and academic development. The frequency and duration of the mentoring relationship will be established by the board, but may be deferred to the assigned mentor.
Mediation: Mandatory participation in a session where a neutral party facilitates the development of a mutually acceptable resolution to a dispute. Students experiencing interpersonal conflict may be referred to the mediation program by the Coordinator of Student Judicial Affairs or the Residence Hall Coordinators. If mediation efforts are refused or unsuccessful, the case may be referred back to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs for adjudication.
Alcohol Awareness Program: Mandatory attendance at the University's Alcohol Awareness Program. Students must attend the entire class, absence will be considered a violation of this sanction. The program has a fee of $100.
Smoking Counseling Program: Mandatory attendance at the University's Smoking Counseling Program. Students must attend the entire program. The program has an assessment fee of $50.
Anger Management Workshop: Mandatory participation in the University's Anger Management Workshop to improve conflict resolution skills. The workshop is facilitated by the Counseling and Psychological Services Center.
Community Service: An assignment to provide volunteer assistance to a University department or community agency or individual. Hours not performed by the specified deadline will be considered a violation of this sanction.
Restitution: A requirement to submit payment to the University or other specified person or groups for damages incurred as a result of any violation of this Code.
Residence Hall Probation: A period of official censure, whereas a further violation by a student may result in an involuntary residence hall removal. The term of the probationary status will be established by the adjudicating authority.
Involuntary Housing Reassignment: Reassignment of housing to a new location on campus. No housing refund is provided, and students are prohibited from visiting that residence hall or from entering within fifty (50) feet of the building once they have officially checked out. Students who violate this sanction may be subject to arrest for defiant trespass.
What procedures are followed during a residence hall judicial board hearing?
- The chairperson reads an opening statement and everyone is instructed to identify themselves.
- The chairperson administers an oath to all who will testify.
- The chairperson reads the alleged violation(s) and circumstances and asks the respondent if he or she is responsible.
- The complainant presents the case and any relevant witnesses.
- The chairperson opens the hearing to questions from the respondent and the judicial board.
- The respondent presents his or her case and any relevant witnesses.
- The chairperson opens the hearing to questions from the complainant and the judicial board.
- The chairperson opens the hearing to any final questions.
- The complainant and respondent can make a closing statement.
- The judicial board convenes into executive session, rules on the case, and prepares a recommendation for sanctioning.
- The judicial board's recommendation is relayed to the advisor who accepts or modifies the recommendation and issues a decision letter to the respondent.
- The respondent may appeal, if eligible and under the guidelines, to the Coordinator of Judicial Affairs.