Judicial Affairs Top 10 Tips and Expectations
If you are ever in the position of appealing an academic or non-academic violation to any of Court options feel free to contact the Judicial Affairs Department for any questions or concerns that you may have.
Below are the Top 10 Tips and Expectations for you to be best prepared for your Conduct or Honor Court hearing:
- Take court seriously! This is a formal court process that should be taken seriously at all times.
- Dress appropriately – try to avoid wearing what you wore to the gym earlier in the day. We suggest at least business casual.
- Arrive on time – If you are not there at the designated time from the e-mail and hand-delivered notification letters you received, the hearing will proceed without you and it will not be rescheduled.
- Be honest – Remember that while in court both you and your witnesses are under oath. If the court believes that you are lying, the proceedings will be stopped immediately. There is also potential for additional charges of the Conduct/Honor Codes will be brought forward.
- Come prepared - You are your best defense. Proper pre-planning prevents poor presentations. You are responsible for preparing your opening statement, presentation and closing statement.
- Ask questions - If you have questions rearding the court process and your rights/role, please contact the Judicial Affairs representative as soon as possible to get them answered. This means before, during and after your Conduct/Honor Court hearing.
- Incident Reports/Evidence - you have the right to see a copy of your incident report(s) and any evidence prior to your hearing.
- Witnesses - Remember if you are going to open court you may call witnesses up until 3 days prior to your hearing
- Sanctioning - Justices are able to sanction to the full extent of sanctions outlined in the Student Guide to Campus Life. The “maximum” sanctions you receive from them may be greater than your original sanctions from Judicial Affairs or your instructor.