Do I need to complete an application if I am a returning hearing board member?
Yes. Please complete the application provided on this website, but answer the Returning Member Application Questions listed on the application form.
Can a Resident Assistant (RA) serve on a Student Conduct Hearing Board?
It depends. Resident Assistants often document behavior that is inconsistent with community standards and University policies and those reports often serve as the basis for a hearing. If RAs also serve as members of a hearing board, there is the potential for a documented student to feel that the board member is biased. Therefore, RAs are only able to serve on Fraternity/Sorority Life Standards Boards or Student Conduct Boards that do not involve Residential Life in regards to the original incident.
Do I need to have experience with student government or leadership opportunities to apply?
No. You will be trained on the conduct process, University policies, community standards, and how to conduct a hearing. We are looking for students who have demonstrated good judgment, who understand the University's mission, and who have good communication skills.
If I have been held responsible for a conduct code violation, will I automatically be taken out of the applicant pool?
No. If you have learned from your experience going through the conduct process, you may bring an important perspective to the Hearing Boards. However, if you have demonstrated a pattern of misconduct or if you have been subject to more serious conduct action, you will not be considered for serving on the Hearing Boards.
Can I apply for both the Student Conduct Leadership Team (Student Conduct Boards: PRBs & CIBs) and the Fraternity and Sorority Life Standards Board?
Members of a Greek organization who also wish to serve on the Student Conduct Leadership Team may indicate their intention at the bottom of the FSLSB Application by checking a box. FSLSB applicants should first be sure to review the requirements and time commitments of the SCLT as the training and hearing commitments differ.
How much time does it require?
The total time requirement per semester (including trainings and hearings) is 20 hours for Student Conduct Leadership Team members and 12 hours for Fraternity and Sorority Standards Board members respectively.
How much of a voice do I have in the conduct process as a student?
Overall, hearing board members are expected to uphold University policies, foster a safer campus and assist with learning, but their individual voice is what brings diversity and genuine concern to the conduct process as they keep peers accountable and practice leadership in a genuine way. Returning hearing board members have expressed their deep satisfaction in knowing they have significantly contributed to the learning of their fellow peers. Past hearing board members have also stated how they felt honored to be responsible for upholding university policies and community standards that preserve USD's Mission and provide a richer living and learning environment for students.
For more information please contact:
Graham Davis, Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct
University Center Room #132