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Article V. Judiciary
Section 1. The judicial power of Student Government shall be vested in the Student Court.
Section 2. The Student Court shall be composed of nine members, two elected from each class, the chairman being elected from the rising senior class as provided for in Article VI.
Section 3. The Student Court shall decide guilt or innocence and assess penalties in cases involving student misconduct and violations of the Code of Student Conduct, Student Senate regulations, and college rules and regulations not handled by the college authorities.
Section 4. Normally, infractions related to the landlord function of the College shall be handled by the Dean of Students in conjunction with the Chairman of the Student Court. In cases involving serious infractions of rules or persons who have previously violated these rules, the Dean of Students shall confer with the Chairman of the Student Court; the case will be referred to the Student Court for adjudication, unless the Dean and Chairman adjudicate the case in the name of the Student Court, assessing penalties less severe than suspension.
Section 5. The Student Court, by authority of the Board of Trustees and faculty, shall have jurisdiction over matters concerning breaches of the Honor Code. Breaches of the Honor Code include stealing, lying, cheating, plagiarism, failure to report an Honor Code offense, and other offenses explained in The Key.
Section 6. The President of Student Government, after conducting an initial investigation, shall decide whether a case concerns a potential violation of the Honor Code. If the President determines a potential violation has occured, he will assign an Investigator and set a Court date. If the President believes a case does not merit a consideration by the Student Court, he must first confer with the Dean of Students and the Chairman of the Student Court and obtain their confirmation of his opinion. At that time he will provide the Dean and the Chairman with a written summary of his investigation and his reasons the case should not go to trial.
Section 7. No student shall be denied the right of appeal as granted in the charter and bylaws of the Board of Trustees of the College in Honor Code violations and in judiciary cases involving penalties as severe as suspension. In such cases, the Appeals Committee is the appellate body of the first level. The final appellate body is the Board of Trustees of the College or its Executive Committee. In cases involving penalties below suspension, the College Appeals Committee is the final authority. A majority vote decides cases of appeal.
- The Student Court, respecting the rights of students to a fair trial, shall determine the rules of procedure. In the organizational meeting to be held within one week after assuming office, the Student Court shall study and then adopt or revise the procedures of the previous court.
- No student shall be denied the right to have a student advisor, without legal training.
- No student shall be expelled or suspended without the concurrence of the college authorities in non-Honor Code cases.
- No student shall be called before the Student Court without every effort having been made to deliver to the accused a written statement of the charges against him at least twenty-four hours in advance of the trial.
- The Student Court shall have regularly scheduled meetings at such a time and such intervals as shall be determined at its first organizational meeting.
- In trials involving Honor Code or Code of Student Conduct Violations, of the Court members sitting in a particular case, a minimum of all but one must vote in favor for there to be a conviction. The punishment shall be determined by simple majority vote. Quorum: at least seven members of the Court must be present at the conduct of a trial unless the trial is held before the freshman class has elected its Court representatives, in which case five members shall constitute a quorum.
- All guilty verdicts and subsequent punishments shall be posted on the Student Government Bulletin Board.
Section 9. The Student Court shall try impeachment charges, which are initiated by the Student Senate.
Section 10. Every student is on his honor to investigate any suspected breach of the Honor Code which he observes. If his investigation seems to substantiate a possible violation of the Honor Code, he may confront the accused directly or submit a statement to the President of Student Government. Once the accused has been confronted by either the accuser, the Student Court investigator, or the President of Student Government, a trial shall be scheduled and held if, after the investigation, charges are filed. If the accused is not present at the trial without adequate cause, the trial shall be held, the evidence examined, and a decision made as to innocence or guilt (and penalty) with a record of the decision placed in the Student Court file.
Section 11. Any student convicted of a breach of the Honor Code shall be dismissed from the College permanently or suspended from the College with the option to apply for readmission no earlier than the end of the semester of conviction. In making this decision, the Student Court shall not be bound in any way by decisions rendered in previous cases.
Section 12. In the case of absence or a vacancy on the Student Court, an alternate member for that or any other class shall fill the position of the regular member.