University Student Judiciary (USJ) Application

Please read through the descriptions of the branches and committees of the University Student Judiciary.

(The link to the application is at the bottom of this page.) 

Thank you for your interest in the University Student Judiciary (USJ)! The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is continually seeking undergraduate and graduate students of all majors to serve as members of the University of Maryland Student Judiciary. Positions are open in the Appellate Board, the Central Board, the Community Advocates, the Resident Board, and the Student Honor Council. We are looking for students of different academic pursuits, cultural backgrounds and social interests. A successful candidate is able to reason effectively, behave responsibly in confidential and serious matters, and is dedicated to promoting integrity, character and ethics.

The USJ online application will be available from September 11th through October 19, 2019. The online application is only one part of the USJ Selection process. There will also be individual and group interviews taking place on November 14 and 15, 2019  (Thursday and Friday). You will be invited to interview upon review of your application. Please be mindful of the required interview dates. If selected for USJ, you will be required to attend USJ Training on Friday, January 31 and February 1, 2020.  

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT USJ, WE WILL BE AT THE FIRST LOOK FAIR ON SEPTEMBER 11th and 12th. YOU CAN ALSO EMAIL US AT UMDUSJ@GMAIL.COM

University Student Judiciary Branch Descriptions

The primary function of the Office of Student Conduct is to resolve disciplinary and academic dishonesty referrals filed against students at the University of Maryland. In order to do so, we utilize graduate and undergraduate students to serve as members of the University Student Judiciary. The Judiciary is comprised of the University Appellate Board (AB), Community Advocates (CAs), the Resident Board (RB), the Central Board (CB), and the Student Honor Council (SHC). Although each group differs slightly in function, all work to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as members of the campus community.

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.

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.

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.

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.  Hearing panel members are active participants who question all parties, determine the facts of a case, and recommend appropriate sanctions to the Office of Rights and Responsibilities and the Office of Student Conduct.  Board members must be familiar with both the Code of Student Conduct and the Community Living Handbook.

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.

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

Time Commitment 

All boards have mandatory board meetings once a month for 60-90 minutes. 

All members must get active membership points by participating in at least 3 events throughout the semester, including GBMs, tabling, social events, and other activities. 

All members are required to participate with interviews in the fall semester and Integrity week in the spring semester.

All members are required to attend weekend training at the start of each semester. 

All members are required to attend assigned hearings, which can vary in time.

All members are required to maintain a clear judicial record and be role models of USJ principles.

USJ Committee Descriptions

  • Executive Board

    Responsible for management of all other USJ committees, comprised of a Chairperson, Secretary, and co-chairs from other committees

  • Selection Committee:

    Responsible for Recruitment and Selection of new USJ members

  • Internal Affairs Committee:

    Responsible for internal USJ communication, USJ Finances, and branding of USJ

  • Education/Social/Outreach Committee:

    Responsible for all social activities of USJ including Homecoming, USJ Banquet

  • Training Committee:

    Responsible for education efforts of all USJ members, including fall and spring training

Now that you have read the USJ Branch Descriptions, you may move forward to the

USJ APPLICATION!

Questions?

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