The Judicial Board

The Judicial Board is a crucial part of the VSA that both ensures the VSA functions within its own rules and that students are justly held responsible for their actions. For clarity, the Judicial Board’s focuses are divided into two scopes, the College Regulations and the VSA proper, as the Board operates differently in each case.

College Regulations

Judicial Board representatives are voting members of panels that make determinations regarding the violation of the College Regulations. The list of panels includes the Academic Panel, College Regulations Panel (and the related Appeals Panel), and the Student Conduct Panel. Representatives may also sit on the Interpersonal Violence Panel, however this is on a case by case basis. The vast majority of cases heard by Judicial Board representatives involve the College Regulations.
You may find a copy of the student regulations on the Dean of the College website. These regulations contain an “Organization of Student Conduct System and Procedures” section that gives detailed information about each panel and process.

The VSA Proper

In the case that the VSA Governing Documents and/or mandates have been violated, the Judicial Board may hold a hearing to determine guilt for a particular offense and rule as to what action VSA leadership should take. For example, if a representative on the VSA Council influenced an appointment to increase the chance that their friend was chosen, the Judicial Board could investigate and make a determination as to how the VSA Council should proceed, should a complaint be filed.

While the Judicial Board may hold a traditional hearing regarding a particular offense, there are certain cases in which there is a conflict that may be resolved through mediation as opposed to a formal hearing. In such a case, the Judicial Board attempts to help the complainant and respondent form a binding mutual agreement regarding the conflict. If an agreement cannot be reached, the Judicial Board proceeds with a formal hearing. Should a party violate the agreement, they may be subject to a Judicial Board hearing that may result in disciplinary action.

The VSA Constitution sets forth the composition, jurisdiction, and responsibilities of the Judicial Board. The Bylaws detail the specific process by which a hearing is held as well as the process through which Alternative Dispute Resolution operates. Take a look at the VSA Governing Documents and look for “The Judicial Board” in the table of contents.