In keeping with the philosophy that students are to do their utmost to help maintain a high level of conduct among fellow students, considerable responsibility for handling violations of the Honor and Student Conduct Codes is invested in students via the Student Judicial Board, which is comprised solely of students. Staff and faculty contribute to the address of alleged misconduct through the Administrative Board.
The shared purpose of Lynchburg College’s judicial boards is to promote integrity and responsible citizenship through enforcement of the Honor and Student Conduct Codes and Regulations, to help educate students about acceptable behavioral choices, and to deter misconduct. Both judicial boards have the authority to hear all cases arising within their respective jurisdictions, to impose appropriate sanctions in accordance with provisions contained in The Hornet, and to require that students appear in conjunction with a hearing. Judicial board proceedings are fact-finding in nature rather than adversarial and are conducted in accordance with hearing procedures outlined in the Honor and Student Conduct Codes and Regulations (see Hearing Procedures).
When addressing an incident of alleged misconduct, a judicial board member may serve as a hearing advisor or as a panel member.
- A hearing advisor assists a student who has been notified that his/her conduct is being investigated before a possible judicial board hearing or who has been charged with an alleged violation that will be resolved through a judicial board hearing. An advisor is neither involved in determining the outcome of the case nor allowed to speak or argue a case on behalf of a charged student. Instead, an advisor assists the student, if requested, in understanding his/her rights and responsibilities and the hearing procedures. An advisor may accompany the student to investigation, hearing, and appeal proceedings in which the student participates, but an advisor may not participate in these proceedings. During a hearing, an advisor may accompany the charged student in the hearing room whenever the charged student is present.
- A hearing panel member participates in the hearing proceedings, listens to information presented during the hearing, and collaborates with other panel members to determine whether or not the charged student violated College policies. If the charged student is found responsible for an infraction, the hearing panel members assign appropriate sanctions.