The primary administrator of the judicial system is the Director of Judicial Affairs. Others who administer the system include the Judicial Adjudicator (often a Student Affairs staff member) and the Judicial Board Members.
The Director of Judicial Affairs serves as Judicial Adjudicator, appellate officer, advisor to the Judicial Board and administrator for the judicial system. He or she meets regularly with the student Executive Officer of Judicial Affairs who chairs the Judicial Board. The director of Judicial Affairs offers advice and direction to the Residence Directors, Judicial Adjudicators and the Judicial Board on judicial procedures, due process, etc.; as well as helps to assess the effectiveness of the judicial system by compiling judicial statistics. A judicial conference can be conducted by the Director of Judicial Affairs or other Judicial Adjudicators when deemed appropriate.
In the event that a Judicial Board cannot be convened in a timely manner, (for example, final's week or near a vacation period), or a Level II, III or IV offense are the only alleged charges, a Judicial Conference can be conducted.
A Judicial Adjudicator is a member of the University staff who has experience conducting judicial or appeal conferences and hearings, and is empowered to determine responsibility and impose sanctions.
The Judicial Board is comprised of at least one representative from a student pool of members, at least one faculty or staff representative, and an advisor. They typically hear cases involving Level II offenses. The Board is comprised of at least two faculty or staff representatives, at least one student representative, and an advisor if they process a Level I offense. The Board advisor does not exercise a vote except in the event of a tie.
The student chairperson (Judicial Executive Officer) is selected following the guidelines set forth by the Student Senate and Student Affairs staff. He or she assists the Director of Judicial Affairs in the interviewing, selection and training of members. He or she can designate other student members of the Judicial Board to be present at a hearing in the event of his or her absence. Board members also serve as advocates as well as meet regularly to review issues, policies and procedures and make recommendations for change.
The board proceedings are typically taped in the event of an appeal by the accused. The tape is the property of the University.
When circumstances warrant, this group will be convened to hear cases.
Usually, this board hears cases that seem particularly complex or those which involve chronic offenders.
Although the Judicial Board is a very formal kind of hearing body, it does not duplicate a court of law.
As in judicial conferences the standard of proof shall be that which is more likely than not. Specifically, the determination is based on the facts presented.
Rules of common courtesy are followed at all times and hearings are not open to those uninvolved in the judicial process. A Residence Director may be present during the hearing but not during executive session unless as a member of the Board.
Contact Office of Student Conduct
Office of Student Conduct
Hawkins Conard Student Center
401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805