Appellate Board

The University Appellate Board serves as the final level of appeal in disciplinary cases heard by the Central and Resident Judicial Boards not resulting in sanctions of suspension or expulsion (such cases are heard by the University Senate Committee on Student Conduct). The Appellate Board also serves the Student Honor Council by reviewing its appeals and and XF Petitions.

Time Commitment: The Board generally meets once every other week for approximately two hours, depending upon the caseload.

Central Board

Members of the Central Board hear our most serious non-academic conduct cases which may result in a suspension or expulsion from the University. Hearing panel members are active participants questioning all parties, determining the facts, rendering a conclusion, and recommending sanctions.

Board members are trained and advised to: function as part of a team (5-7 panel members); ask clear, sensitive, and relevant questions to help determine the facts of a case; consider facts carefully; and provide recommendations for sanctions that are educational, fair, and appropriate for the offense.

Time Commitment: The time commitment varies widely depending upon the number of cases warranting a hearing. Hearing panels convene on an assigned day throughout the semester commencing at 4:30 pm. While some hearings may be quite lengthy, they usually conclude around 8:00 pm. More complex cases are continued until the following week. Board members are also expected to attend intensive training sessions at the beginning of each semester, attend monthly meetings of the Central Board and are asked to participate on one committee (e.g., selection, training) throughout the academic year.

Community Advocates

Community Advocates assist complaining parties in Central Judicial Board, Resident Life Board, or Student Honor Council hearings. These students frequently help prepare a case prior to the hearing, make opening and closing statements, assist during questioning, and recommend sanctions to the hearing panel. The advocates investigate facts, research University policy specific to each case, provide support to complaining parties, interview witnesses, and present their findings during the hearings. Advocates must be able to work independently, present information clearly, reason effectively, and behave responsibly in potentially adversarial circumstances.

Time commitment: Each advocate is assigned several cases throughout the semester. In addition, each advocate is expected to participate in on-going training sessions and regular meetings, and to participate on one committee (e.g., selection, training). The time commitment varies widely over the course of each semester, but averages 10-15 hours monthly.

Resident Board

The Resident Judicial Board is responsible for hearing cases of alleged violations of the Residence Hall Rules and the Code of Student Conduct.

Please click here to reach the Resident Board web page.

If you have specific questions about the Resident Board or the Office of Rights & Responsibilities, please contact the Office of Rights and Responsibilities at 301.314.7598.

Student Honor Council

"SHC" members comprise a unique group dedicated to creating a university climate that supports and promotes academic integrity. Council members are charged with the responsibilities of serving with faculty members on honor review boards and advancing academic integrity on campus. SHC members possess effective communication skills, exceptional reasoning abilities, leadership potential, self-initiative, and an ability to work well with others.

Time Commitment: Each SHC member is expected to devote a minimum of 12-15 hours per month to SHC activities. Members are assigned to investigate reports of academic dishonesty, serve on honor reviews, serve on SHC committees, and may seek positions of leadership within the SHC.

All members of the University Student Judiciary may be asked to serve on ad hoc and appellate boards as needed.


If you have specific questions about the selection process, please contact the Office of Student Conduct at 301.314.8204 or via email at