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Information and Application

2013-2014

What is the Hearing Board?

At USD, the Student Conduct Leadership Team (SCLT) is comprised of students who serve on Student Conduct Hearing Boards (comprising of Peer Review, Critical Issues, and Appeals boards) and organizational Hearing Boards (Greek Discipline and Student Organizations Discipline) that are advised by staff in the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students. Members of the SCLT serve on these boards to adjudicate cases involving alleged violations of either The Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities (The Code), The Student Organizations Handbook and/or the USD Greek Guidelines through a hearing process. Board members consider information contained in the incident report(s) and that which is presented by involved students and any witnesses. The Board is responsible for determining whether students are responsible for the alleged violation(s) in either The Code or Greek Guidelines.  If students are determined to be responsible, the Board assigns appropriate sanctions.

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Why do we have Hearing Boards?

The Code and Greek Guidelines are intended to maintain a safe environment for the campus community, one that supports the academic mission and provides a productive living and learning environment. Alleged violations are adjudicated through the University conduct system and/or an organization Board, which is in place to foster the personal development of students and emphasizes understanding of their behavior as well as their responsibilities to the community. The university places a high value on having students participate in the conduct process. As peers of the involved students they bring a unique perspective to the process and can help the involved students to better understand the impact of their actions on others and their obligations to the community they impacted.

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Responsibilities

  • All SCLT members participate in Hearing Board training on Saturday, October 5th from 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. in the Warren Hospitality Suite (Second floor of Jenny Craig Pavilion).
  • SCLT members participate in on going professional development trainings for two to three Thursdays per semester. These trainings will be held on the following dates from 12:30-2:00p.m.:
    Oct. 10, Nov. 7, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, Mar. 27, Apr. 24.
  • Keep information presented in the hearing process confidential.
  • Model good judgment and behavior outside of Hearing Board meetings.
  • Adhere to all rules and policies as outlined in The Code, The Student Organizations Handbook, and Greek Guidelines
  • Respond to hearing board related e-mails and show up prepared for hearing boards you are assigned. SCLT members will serve on approximately 2-3 hearings boards per semester. 

Qualifications

  • Understanding of the educational philosophy of The Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, demonstrate compassion, and be fair-minded.
  • Willingness to challenge peers and successfully manage social pressures.
  • Good oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • No serious or repetitive violations of The Code or Greek Guidelines.
  • Good academic standing with the University.

Benefits

  • Develop critical and reflective thinking skills that can be applied to ethical inquiry.
  • Grow professionally, intellectually, and civically.
  • Become aware of alternative conflict and restorative justice skills in regards to student conduct.
  • Build a safer and more secure campus community.
  • Understand, articulate, and address the dynamics of privilege and entitlement in student conduct hearings.
  • Educate the community about the Code of Conduct through community outreach programs and events.

Application Process

Complete the attached application and submit it to the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students in University Center, 132 or to Corey Fereday at cfereday@sandiego.edu by Wednesday, September 25th, 2013.  You will be contacted on or before Friday, September 27th regarding the status of your application. However, you should plan to attend the mandatory training on Saturday, October 5th from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., in case you are selected to be on the Hearing Board.  

Meeting Times

Student Conduct Hearing Board Members:

Hearing Board members may serve on two to three hearing boards per semester.  The Critical Issues, and Appeals Boards will meet as needed and members are asked to serve on a particular case via email.  If you are selected to be a hearing board member, you will be assigned to hearings based on your availability. Please take into consideration that during the 2013-2014 academic year, the Peer Review Boards will meet on Thursdays from 12:15 – 2 p.m.  

Also, student conduct hearing board members are asked to attend six additional training sessions on Thursdays from 12:15 – 2 p.m. that promote professional development in specific topics including restorative justice, alcohol awareness, transferable skills and recruitment. The dates for those trainings are:

October 10, November 7, January 30, February 27, March 27 and April 24.  In total, the time requirement for a member of the Student Conduct hearing boards is approximately 20 hours per semester.

Greek Discipline Board Members (GDB):

GDB hearings are scheduled in response to alleged violations of the Greek Guidelines. There are usually 2-3 hearings a semester. The GDB will meet as needed and members are asked to serve on a particular case via e-mail. GDB members will be assigned to hearings based on their availability and in consideration of organization representation. In total, the time requirement for a member of the Greek Discipline Board is approximately 12 hours a semester.

Student Organization Board Members:

Any student trained as a hearing officer will have an opportunityto serve on a Student Organization Hearing Board when solicited via email.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:         Can a Resident Assistant serve on a Student Conduct Hearing Board?

A:         No.  Resident Assistants (RAs) 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. Resident Assistants are able to serve on Greek Discipline Boards.

Q:         Do I need to have experience with student government or leadership opportunities to apply?

A:         No.  You will be trained to on the conduct process, 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.

Q:         If I have been held responsible for a conduct code violation, will I automatically be taken out of the applicant pool?

A:         No.  If you have learned from your experience going through the conduct process, you may bring an important perspective to the Board.  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 the Board.

Q:         How much time does it require?

A:         In total, the time requirement for a member of the Student Conduct Boards is approximately 20 hours per semester (including training and hearings). For a member of the Greek Discipline Board, the time requirement is approximately 12 hours a semester (including training and hearings).

Q:         Do I apply for both the Student Conduct Boards and the Greek Discipline Boards? 

A:         Any student who meets the qualifications is eligible to apply for the Student Conduct Boards (PRB, CIB, and Appeals).  Each Greek chapter is required to nominate two members to apply for the Greek Discipline Board. Greek members are also encouraged to apply and use their training to participate on the Student Conduct Boards. The application will ask the students to indicate which hearing boards they are applying to serve on. 

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For more information please contact:

Sean Horrigan, Director of Student Conduct - horrigan@sandiego.edu

Mandy Womack, Director of Student Orgs and Greek Life - awomack@sandiego.edu

Marie Minnick, Assistant Dean of Students - mminnick@sandiego.edu

Corey Fereday, Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct- cfereday@sandiego.edu