Washburn University Board of Regents
SUBJECT: Washburn University Student Conduct Code
In anticipation of a growing number of students on campus with the opening of the Living Learning Center and with a focus on creating more learning opportunities, a committee was created in the Fall of 2000 to review the Student Disciplinary Code (last approved by the Board of Regents in February 1999). The committee was asked to explore ways of enhancing the Code by providing students accused of violating the Code with some hearing options. In addition, the committee was asked to consider ways in which students and faculty could become part of the judicial process. Studies have shown that some of the most effective judicial boards are those in which faculty and students deliberate together about the outcome of a case. Through this interaction, good debate occurs and much learning takes place. In addition, peer interaction in case deliberation has also proven to be thoughtful and effective. Moreover, the experience for the student appearing before a judicial board appears to have a more enduring impact on the individual and may deter future negative behaviors, especially if the student perceives that he/she was given a fair hearing.
The committee was reminded that hearing boards are not courts of law. In fact, the courts have viewed judicial processes in college/universities as educational experiences. To maintain this consideration, experts in higher education law have advised institutions to downplay the use of legal terms when developing their codes.
The revised Student Conduct Code will provide a two-tiered system and will provide an option for students. Students residing in the halls and facing minor residence hall infractions will have the opportunity to resolve the case by meeting with the Director of Residential Living or appearing before the Residence Halls Judicial Board (comprised of students residing in the halls). Residential students facing more serious residence hall infractions, non-residential students facing any residence hall infractions and all students facing general infractions will have the opportunity to resolve the case by meeting with the Dean of Students or appearing before the University Judicial Board (comprised of students and faculty).
The revised Student Conduct Code identifies a variety of violations that could occur, including a more definitive definition of hazing. In addition, sanctions have been refined; and the appeal process, simplified.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
Dr. Farley recommends that the revised Student Conduct Code be approved for implementation Fall Semester 2002. The selection and training of judicial board members will occur following the approval of this document. The Code will appear in the Ichabod Book (Student Handbook/Planner).
Date Jerry B. Farley, President