Contact: Dawn Ginnetti
The College Judicial Board exists as a means of ensuring that students at Smith College uphold the standards for student ethics and conduct outlined in the Smith College Student Handbook. The board hears cases of alleged infractions of nonacademic rules (academic infractions are handled by the Academic Honor Board) and makes decisions about the outcomes of cases.
The board comprises 16 students (eight juniors and eight seniors) who hear cases in teams of five members constituting a hearing board. Every board is assisted by an adviser who is a member of the student affairs staff. The Judicial Board uses the code of social conduct and policies of the college to evaluate the cases before it.
Code of Social Conduct
The Code of Social Conduct expects that each student's behavior and actions will contribute to a community characterized by individual integrity, respect and a concern for the implications and repercussions of student behavior. Some behaviors are particularly problematic, and these are summarized in the handbook under Prohibited Conduct. Students should be familiar with the examples cited in this section but should also be aware that this list does not constitute an exhaustive or complete list of prohibited conduct.
Recently, Smith has adopted a new section of the Student Code of Conduct (Section 4). Section 4 identifies behavior that is offensive, not respectful and is voluntary. Specifically it is behavior of a kind that targets specific individuals because of race, sex, color, religious creed, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Section 4 states that the offensiveness of such behavior should be measured by its gravity, whether it is repeated even after the student engaging in the behavior has been clearly told that it is offensive to another, and by the effect the behavior has on the community and the student or students toward whom it is directed. When a case pertaining to Section 4 is brought before the Judicial Board, a special board comprising four Smith community members in addition to the usual five student board members is held. For more information concerning Section 4, please refer to the FAQ section of the Judicial Board page.