The Student Judicial Board (SJB) is the judicial branch of the Student Government Association. The jurisdiction of the SJB is explained in the SGA Constitution and the Board Bylaws. The Board consists of 16 members serving as justices. SJB is comprised of five committees: Bylaws, Public Relations, Internal Affairs, Parking Appeals, and SGA Liaison. The Board reviews and makes a recommendation on decisions on all referred alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Board may not hear cases of academic honesty policy and sexual assault. In addition, the SJB has the authority to interpret the SGA's constitution and bylaws and adjudicate student parking appeals.
Philosophy of the Student Judicial Board:
To redirect the behavior of the referred student into acceptable
behavior patterns and to protect the rights of the community. The
Board has the opportunity to influence attitudes and subsequent
behavior of other students through a formally constituted judicial
mechanism. Without question, peer influence, exercised through the
disciplinary process, can often be more effective in redirecting
the behavior patterns of referred students than any other method
of discipline within the institution.
Board meets bi-monthly.
All Board members are required to participate in a one-day
Board members must also be available to hear misconduct cases
Responsibility of the Justice members:
Each justice is responsible for assiting in the overall implementation of the judicial system procedures to ensure all participants recieve the firmness and due process rights granted them. Justices sit on a panel of three to hear non-academic cases.
Benefits and skills gained from participation in the Student Judicial
Board (but not limited to):
Communication skills - ability to express yourself
clearly and defend expressed thoughts.
Assertiveness skills - ability to express yourself without
infringing on the rights of others.
Listening skills - ability to hear ideas and opinions of
Sensitivity awareness - ability to understand feelings,
concerns and personal rights of others.
Decision-making - ability to make decisions objectively
after thinking through most aspects of the issue.
Problem-solving - ability to analyze and evaluate all aspects
of a conflict situation and determine possible alternative solutions.