What is the Community Standards Board (CSB)?
The Community Standards Board (CSB) is a group of students, faculty, and administrators/staff who are trained to hear cases that involve more serious violations of the Community Standards. The CSB includes the following members:
Board - The Community Standards Board is a seventeen-person board, consisting of seven students, five faculty members, and five administrators/staff. Five student members are selected from the Peer Review Board by the Peer Review Board Moderator, and two graduate student members are appointed by the Dean of each school; the five faculty members are selected by the Faculty Senate; and the five administrators/staff are appointed by the Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost (VPSL). The term of membership on the Community Standards Board shall be two years for faculty and administrators/staff and one year for students, running from September to September. Terms are renewable.
Chairperson - The Chairperson is a voting member, who is selected by the Moderator on a case-by-case basis.
Moderator - The Moderator is selected from the professional staff of Student Life by the Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost for a term of at least two semesters. The Moderator shall advise the CSB on matters such as the type of information that may help in determining if Community Standards were violated and prior sanctions relating to similar conduct. The Moderator shall also facilitate the appropriate paperwork and record keeping, as well as reserve the hearing space.
When a hearing is necessary, the Moderator selects five representatives to serve on a hearing panel to hear the case. The composition of each panel shall consist of at least one faculty member, one student, and one administrator/staff. Board Members shall disqualify themselves from serving on a Community Standards Board case if they believe in good faith that they cannot be objective in the matter. The respondent and complainant may object to a member for cause in writing at least 48 hours before the hearing. The Moderator shall rule on all objections and replace any disqualified members.
Format and Preparing for a Community Standards Board Hearing?
*The format of the hearing may change based on the facts and circumstances of each case. If the case involves a number of students, it is best to dedicate the necessary amount of time so that you are available for the entire hearing.
Note: These are guidelines for preparation only. In some instances, there may be requirements and/or deadlines issued, to which you must comply.
1) Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Board Moderator or the Office of Community Standards.
2) The Community Standards Board will be respectful to you as a fellow member of the SJU community and will expect that you conduct yourself respectfully in return.
3) Dress appropriately for your hearing as a signal of the seriousness with which you are taking the proceedings.
4) Show up on time for the hearing. If you do not know where to go, try to find the hearing location beforehand. Be sure to give yourself enough time to make it, especially if you are coming from off-campus and need to find a parking spot.
5) Do your homework before the hearing. Learn about the Community Standards process and the standards you have been charged with violating. If you are a resident student, and if appropriate, talk to your Resident Assistant or someone in Residence Life. Consult with a Community Standards Advisor if needed.
6) You may want to visit the Board Moderator prior to the hearing to review the information. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure of something or need clarification. Email or call or stop by to set up an appointment. In some cases, a pre-hearing will be scheduled for you to review the information and ask questions you may have.
7) During the hearing, you are able to present pertinent information and testimony of witnesses to substantiate your case. If you are thinking about bringing a witness to the hearing, let the Board Moderator know.
8) If you would like to know who will be serving as board members for the hearing, please contact the Office of Community Standards. The respondent and complainant may object to a member for cause in writing at least 48 hours before the hearing. The Board Moderator shall rule on all objections and replace any disqualified members.
9) Finally, remember that the hearing is your opportunity to share your experience with regards to the incident. It is important to be honest and mature throughout the conversation. We do value this honesty and maturity in our process.