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Student Conduct Board

Philosophy

image of several birds standing on rocks by the seaThe philosophy of the University student conduct system is based upon the educational mission of the University. The three premises of the system are:

  1. Discipline is implemented as a step toward creating a safe and secure living/learning environment.
  2. Discipline is a route to community development.
  3. Disciplinary action is taken with an educational objective.

The conduct system holds students accountable for inappropriate behavior and encourages the modification of behavior deemed inappropriate. For a complete description of the Conduct Process and a listing of the Rules of Student Conduct consult the Student Handbook on line at http://studenthandbook.binghamton.edu.

Student Conduct Board Selection

Position Description: The Student Conduct Board (SCB) is the body responsible for hearing cases of alleged violations of University Rules of Student Conduct which are listed in the Binghamton University Student Handbook. Student Conduct Boards consist of three members drawn from the pool of eligible faculty, staff and student board members. Upon review of a case, the board makes a determination as to whether or not a policy violation has occurred and decides what, if any sanctions are to be imposed. Sanctions range from a Disciplinary Warning up to and including Expulsion from the University.

Qualifications: Undergraduate and graduate student in good conduct standing with the University are eligible to apply. Applicants must abide by the University Rules of Student Conduct. Other requirements include: the ability to work with others, sensitivity to and respect for others, openness to differences, a strong sense of impartiality and objectivity, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all conduct information.

Selection Process: In order to be considered for the student conduct board students must submit a completed application (including essays) and references to the Student Conduct Office by the stated deadline (see How to Apply below). Those students who meet the minimum qualifications will be interviewed. Final selection decisions are made based on the overall quality of the application, references and the individual interview. Candidates are informed of their status prior to the end of the fall semester. Students should be aware that this is a volunteer position.

Training: Newly selected board members will receive extensive training on the student conduct procedures of the University, and on improving skills in listening, questioning, and decision-making. Board members will be given an opportunity to practice these skills and to observe an actual hearing prior to serving on a case. In addition to the initial training, board members must also attend monthly SCB meetings. These meetings are held from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. one Sunday per month. The specific schedule will be provided upon selection.

Time Commitment: Board members must attend all training sessions and monthly meetings as scheduled. Student board members are also expected to arrange their schedule to be available to serve on a hearing board approximately once a month. The time commitment is for 1 ½ - 3 hours. 

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Last Updated: 1/6/14