What is 'Judicial Affairs' at William Paterson?
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2011 17:12
If a student allegedly violates William Paterson University Code of Conduct, the campus police or residence life representative files a report of the incident. Once the incident is evaluated, it is assigned to Judicial Affairs.
If the allegations made are not significant enough to risk suspension or expulsion, the student will typically be heard by the Administrative Board, according to Assistant Director of Residence Life Kathleen Hallissey.
"In cases where the student's charges may lead to suspension or a student being expelled, the student will face the University Hearing Board," said Hallissey.
The University Hearing Board is composed of 20 members of WPU staff. During the hearing, only five members of the board are present, not including a mediator.
"Usually the mediator is Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Roland Watts, but if he is unable to be there, I will take his place," explained Hallissey.
Each member of the University Hearing Board must go through specific training to participate on the panel. The training is on-going, according to Hallissey, and only those members trained to handle specific cases will be able to sit on the five-member board during the hearing.
"We try to avoid any conflicts of interest during the hearing," said Hallissey. "For example, if the student that is charged with the offense is a member of residence life, we try to not have a member of that organization on the board."
Because the university code of conduct falls in line with state law, many students will not just be charged by the University, but the charges will be filed through the state as well.
"In some cases the student may have already been arrested," said Hallissey. "However, since our charges are separate from N.J., we don't wait rely on police policy."
Every student has the right to an appeal.
"We understand that for the students that are facing charges, this can be a very difficult, unnerving and scary time," said Hallissey.
The Hearing Board does not have any student members and is looking to include some in the upcoming semesters.
"We are looking for students in good standing with the university," said Hallissey.
Students interested in becoming active members of the University Hearing Board, should contact Kathleen Hallissey, email@example.com.