Community Accountability Council
In Fall 2021, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities added a residential student conduct board into our informal Agreed Resolution process. This is being done with the intention of bringing more restorative practices into our adjudication process by helping our community members see the impact their actions have on the community around them. To do this, we need student voices at the table.
Purpose of the Community Accountability Council:
- Promote a culture of integrity, caring, and collective responsibility on campus in regards to student conduct violations;
- Center student voices in Student Rights & Responsibilities adjudication processes; and
- Incorporate more restorative practices into adjudication processes by centering the community being harmed by violations in the outcome process.
First incidents of low-level policy violations will continue to be heard by Resolution Coordinators in our Agreed Resolution Process. However, if a residential student continues to participate in incidents of potential policy violations, their second case will be routed to the Community Accountability Council. In this type of Agreed Resolution, the student will discuss with board of their peers how their actions impact the students living around them in the residence halls and agree on what actions must be taken to repair harm done to the community. Students who go to this council can bring a friend to support them in this conversation, though this friend will act as an emotional support who will not speak during the meeting. SRR can supply an advocate to attend the meeting with the student, if needed, as well.
To see a visual flow chart of how this process will be incorporated, see below:
The types of policy that will be examined by the board are:
- Alcohol Policy
- Drug Policy
- Minor Property Damage
- Noise Policy
We would like to note that there is no “strike system” in what can be heard from the board. For example, being heard by the CAC for an incident involving alcohol does not mean you cannot be heard by the CAC again for a different kind of incident.
To be eligible to serve on the CAB, students must:
- Be in good academic & conduct standing
- Enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours
- Be currently residing in an on-campus residence hall
Students who serve on the CAC for the academic year will receive training and a $200/semester stipend. Time commitment is limited to no more than 2-3 hours per week. If you are interested in being involved in the CAC for Fall 2023 and/or Spring 2024, please apply HERE by midnight on September 26th, 2023 or reach out to SRR at email@example.com for more information.