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Serving on the Student Conduct Leadership Team

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Applications

Student Conduct Leadership Team Application (2014-2015)

Greek Discipline Board Application (2014-2015)

 

Hearing Board Information

What is the Hearing Board?

At USD we have both 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. Each board consists of students who are responsible for adjudicating 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 presented by involved students and any witnesses. They are 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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Serving on the Student Conduct Leadership Team (SCLT)

Responsibilities

  • Attend required Hearing Board Training on Saturday, September 20, 2014 (9:00am-3:00pm).
  • Participate in required on going SCLT trainings 2-4 times per semester held on Tuesdays (12:30-2:00pm).
  • 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 promptly to hearing board related e-mails and show up prepared for hearing boards to which you are assigned.

Qualifications

  • Understanding and practice 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.

Meeting Times & Time Commitment

The Student Conduct Leadership Team is a team of motivated and committed students who may serve on 2-3 Student Conduct Hearing Boards per semester. SCLT members must be available for hearings and trainings on Tuesdays (12:30-2:00pm) for the 2014-15 school year. SCLT members are asked to serve on Peer Review Boards and attend professional development trainings on various topics during this time.

  • Peer Review Boards are held on Tuesdays (12:30-2:00pm). Applicants should keep this time open in their schedules.
  • Critical Issues Boards and Appeals Boards will meet as needed and members are contacted via email to serve on particular cases based on their availability.
  • SCLT trainings are held on Tuesdays (12:30-2:00pm). Applicants should keep this time open in their schedules, as the trainings are required.  The topics will be chosen based on the needs and developing skills sets of hearing board members. Training topics may include such topics as restorative justice, alcohol awareness, working in difficult moments and transferable skills. The dates for trainings during the 2014-15 school year are listed below. *Lunches are provided at trainings.
    • October 7
    • November 4
    • February 24
    • March 17
    • April 21
    • May 5
    • Time Commitment: The total time requirement for a member of the Student Conduct Leadership team is approximately 20 hours per semester.

    Application Process

  • Applications are due Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by 5:00pm. Complete the attached application and submit it by email to Corey Fereday at cfereday@sandiego.edu
  • Applicants are notified regarding the status of their application by Thursday, September 18TH. * Be prepared to attend training on September 20TH
  • The required primary hearing board training will be held on Saturday, September 20TH in Salomon Hall (Maher Hall Room #240) 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Interested in serving on our Student Conduct Boards? Complete an application by September 16, 2014: Student Conduct Leadership Team Application (2014-2015)

 

Serving on the Greek Discipline Board (GDB)

Responsibilities

  • Attend required Hearing Board Training on Saturday, September 20, 2014 (9:00am-3:00pm).
  • Ongoing professional development or trainings.
  • 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 to which you are assigned. 

Qualifications

  • Understanding of the educational philosophy of The Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities and USD Greek Guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Greek leadership experience preferred.

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 Greek Guidelines through community outreach programs and events.

Meeting Times

  • GDB hearings are scheduled in response to alleged violations of the Greek Guidelines 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 organization representation.
  • Time Commitment: The total time requirement of GDB members is approximately 12 hours per semester.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the attached application by email to Corey Fereday at cfereday@sandiego.edu. Applications are due Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by 5:00pm.
  • Applicants are notified regarding the status of their application by Thursday, September 18TH. * Be prepared to attend training on September 20TH
  • The primary hearing board training will be held on Saturday, September 20TH in Salomon Hall (Maher Hall Room #240) 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Interested in serving on a Greek Discipline Board? Complete an application below by Septmeber 16, 2014: Greek Discipline Board Application (2014-2015)

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Greek Discipline 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 Greek Discipline Boards?

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 GDB Application by checking a box. GDB 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 Greek Discipline 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:

Corey Fereday, Graduate Assistant for Student Conduct

cfereday@sandiego.edu

University Center Room #132