Vassar Student Association

Judicial Board Processes & Details

The Judicial Board has a set of processes and policies related specifically to VSA focused issues. The information on this page is not related to College Regulations Panels or the Student Conduct Process.

Hearings

  • Both the respondent(s) and the complainant(s) may be assisted in any aspects of their respective cases, including seeking another student for representation, except current members of the Judicial Board.
  • Hearing procedures:
    1. Call the meeting to order.
    2. Introduce the judicial officers, respondent(s), and complainant(s)
    3. Explain the format for the hearing and the rights of the respondent(s) and complainant(s)
    4. State the charge citing the relevant section(s) of the VSA governing documents or college regulations.
    5. Respondent(s) shall plead either guilty or not guilty.
    6. Complainant(s) shall state their case, presenting all evidence and witnesses. The defense may cross-examine witnesses.
    7. Questions, if any, from the judicial officers.
    8. Respondent(s) shall state their case, presenting all evidence and witnesses. The complainant(s) may cross-examine witnesses.
    9. Questions, if any, from the judicial officers.
    10. Complainant(s) shall make closing statements.
    11. Respondent(s) shall make closing statements.
    12. Additional questions, if any, of either party from the judicial officers.
    13. Adjournment.
  • The Chair of the Judicial Board, with majority consent of Judicial Board members, may set time limits upon presentation of evidence, questioning and cross-examination of witnesses, and closing statements as deemed appropriate.

Appeals

  • The Judicial Board shall have the authority to retry cases on appeal from the original Judicial Board decision in the base that substantial new evidence exists and/or the procedural rights of the respondent or complainant were violated.
  • The individual may submit a petition for a rehearing to the VSA President. The Judicial Board Chair shall present the record of the case and the respondent shall have the right personally, or through a representative, to submit arguments on one’s behalf. In the event that the VSA President is involved in the case, this duty shall fall to the VP of Operations.
  • During an appeal the VP for Operations shall act as chair. In the event that the VP for Operations is involved in the case, this duty shall fall to the VSA President.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Members of the VSA are encouraged to seek resolutions of disputes through means other than traditional Judicial Board hearings.
  • Mediation may be a preferable means of resolving disputes. The goal of mediation shall be for individuals to reach a mutually agreeable solution to a conflict, rather than through an adversarial process. The solution shall create a binding agreement that is signed by all parties, the VP for Operations, and the Chair of the Judicial Board, depending upon the status of the complaint. The terms of this mediated agreement shall be made public and posted on the VSA Bulletin Board.
  • The Judicial Board Chair may suggest mediation. Such a suggestion shall not necessarily preclude judicial action.
  • During mediation, the rules governing time limits stating when the Judicial Board must meet to adjudicate a complaint are suspended. In the event that an agreement cannot be reached, a hearing shall be scheduled following the guidelines stated in this Constitution and the VSA Bylaws.
  • In the event that an agreement is reached, the agreement shall be binding. Violations of such an agreement are grounds for a traditional hearing under the rules established in the VSA governing documents.

Requirements of Representatives

Running for a Judicial Board position could be the start of a very rewarding experience. At the same time, being a member is a serious responsibility. In order to file or apply for a Judicial Board position, candidates must agree to the following statements.

Class Representative

I acknowledge that I will not be studying off-campus in either the Fall or Spring semester, for going JYA precludes me from running for Class Representative on the Judicial Board.

I acknowledge that any previous violations in which I have been found responsible exclude me from serving on the panel that involves that type of misconduct. For example, if I have been found responsible of plagiarism then I will not be allowed to serve on Academic Panels.

I acknowledge that serving on the Judicial Board requires a certain amount of transparency. The Chairperson will be informed of the type of violations I have committed for scheduling purposes. The Chair will not be informed of any details of the violation(s), but simply the panels I cannot serve on.

I acknowledge that my attendance for serving on panels is recorded by the Chair and will be addressed if deemed insufficient (e.g warning, suspension, or expulsion from the Board).

Chair

I acknowledge that I will not be studying abroad in either the Fall or Spring semester, for going JYA precludes me from running for Chair of the Judicial Board.

I acknowledge that any previous violations in which I have been found responsible exclude me from serving on the panel that involves that type of misconduct. For example, if I have been found responsible of plagiarism then I will not be allowed to serve on Academic Panels.

I acknowledge that I am required to keep track of every Representative’s attendance in order to ensure there is sufficient commitment to the Board.



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