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Title Two – Article IV


Title One. Statement of Principles and Policies
Title Two. Constitutive Provisions on Judicial System
Article I. Judicial Jurisdiction
Article II. Judicial Offices
Article III. Judicial Participants
Article IV. Judicial Boards
Title Three. Regulations for Maintenance of Educational Environment
Title Four. Regulations for Maintenance of Public Order

A. University Hearing Board

A five-person panel of the University Hearing Board shall adjudicate cases under the Campus Code of Conduct. The President shall name at least one person, who is a member of the faculty recommended by the Dean of the Faculty and not a member of the University administration, to be a Hearing Board Chair presiding over five-person Hearing Panels’ proceedings but having no vote; that chair shall be appointed for a two-year term, but can be reappointed for additional terms.

B. University Review Board

A three-person panel of the University Review Board shall hear appeals under the Campus Code of Conduct. The President shall name one person, who is a member of the faculty recommended by the Dean of the Faculty and not a member of the University administration, to be the Review Board Chair presiding over three-person Review Panel’s proceedings but having no vote; that chair shall be appointed for a two-year term, but can be reappointed for additional terms.

C. Pool of Board Members

1.  The University Hearing Board and University Review Board pool shall comprise 55 members confirmed by the University Assembly: 25 students, 15 faculty members, and 15 nonfaculty employees. Faculty members are nominated by the Dean of the Faculty. For other candidates, the Office of the Assemblies will solicit written applications, and the Codes and Judicial Committee shall nominate candidates to the University Assembly for its confirmation no later than the last regular meeting of the outgoing University Assembly. The University Assembly Executive Committee may make emergency appointments on a temporary basis.

2.  No person shall serve on the University Hearing Board and University Review Board pool who is at the same time a member of the University Assembly or its Codes and Judicial Committee or is an employee of the Office of the Assemblies.

3.  Members of the University Hearing Board and University Review Board pool shall serve terms of office as follows:

a.  All members shall be appointed for two-year staggered terms.

b.  Terms of office shall begin June 1 of the year appointed. Any appointment to fill a vacancy or to address an emergency shall become effective immediately.

c.  The Chair of the Hearing Board or Review Board shall have the authority to remove a member of the pool if the member is not honoring his/her commitment to the university to communicate promptly with the Chair or the Judicial Administrator’s office, to participate in hearings, to arrive punctually, and otherwise to participate responsibly in this process.

4.  All the members of the University Hearing Board and University Review Board pool shall annually elect one Administrative Chair from among those members.

5.  Although the judicial boards decide cases and appeals when sitting in panels, the pool as a group, convened by the Administrative Chair, shall perform the following functions:

a. The judicial boards shall be responsible for establishing their own internal rules and procedures not specified elsewhere, and making them available through the Offices of the Judicial Administrator and the Judicial Codes Counselor.

(1)  Such rules and procedures must be published in the Cornell Chronicle before going into effect.

(2)  Any changes in rules and procedures must be published in the Cornell Chronicle at least 30 calendar days before taking effect.

b.  Upon request, the judicial boards shall report on their operations to the Codes and Judicial Committee of the University Assembly.

6.  Training of the members of the University Hearing Board and University Review Board pool will include special training in handling complaints of sexual harassment, abuse, assault, or rape.

Last Updated: August 27, 2017 at 11:41 am

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