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Judicial Affairs

Statement of Purpose

The judicial affairs area of Student Development is responsible for handling violations of student conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook. Alleged violations of sexual harassment and academic dishonesty are not within this area.

The judicial affairs program exists to provide students with a process intended to resolve questions surrounding student conduct. Any member of the Hope community may request that the judicial system handle a claim of policy violations. Any student who is charged with violating a policy is granted the right to know what the charges are, who brought the charges, a chance to review documentation, and the opportunity to present a defense.

If a student is found guilty of violating the policy, the judicial affairs program hopes to create an educational response to the violation, and provide the student with the support to avoid similar situations in the future.

The Judicial Process

Once an Incident Report has been filed, the accused student will meet with their Resident Director to review the report, plead guilty or not guilty, and choose what type of hearing they prefer. (If the student pleads guilty to a minor violation, and it is a first time offense, a hearing may not be required). The student may choose an administrative hearing or a hearing with the student/faculty judicial board.

If the incident originates through the a law enforcement agency, the College may await a court decision before taking action. Further information in this process is contained in the Student Handbook under policy 18.0, Violations of the Law.

If a not guilty verdict is reached, the process is ended. If a guilty verdict is decided, then appropriate sanctions will be decided. If the student feels that the evidence did not warrant a finding of guilt, that the sanction is too severe, or that their due process was violated they may appeal the sanction.

What is the difference between an administrative hearing and the student/faculty judicial board?

For more information, consult the Student Handbook, or contact Dr. John Jobson.