Student Conduct Board

Student Conduct Board members are responsible for reviewing potential violations of the Student Code where facts are in dispute (ie. the Respondent has denied all or a portion of allegations made against him/her by the Complainant) and for assisting in the overall implementation of procedures to ensure all participants are treated with fairness and are provided the due process rights granted them. If the SCB finds a student responsible for a Student Code violation, they make recommendations for sanctions (disciplinary responses) that are aimed at assisting the student in learning and growing from the situation. In most cases, Student Conduct Boards are comprised of students, staff and faculty but in cases that are particularly sensitive in nature may only include faculty and staff.

SCB members are volunteers who have a heart for students, who attempt to remain objective and open minded and who reflect Simpson University’s value for Redemptive Discipline. Volunteer service on the Student Conduct Board is a challenging and satisfying way for students to enhance their academic experiences as well as a significant leadership and learning opportunity for staff, faculty and students alike. SCB members gain valuable critical thinking, communication, and time management skills that can make them more competitive when applying for a job or graduate school.

Expectations of SCB Members

  1. Participate in specialized training to educate and equip in the Student Conduct Board Hearing philosophy and process.
  2. Arrive on time and prepared to be fully present during the hearing. This includes appropriate dress.
  3. Attend a pre-hearing meeting at least 1 day prior to the SCB hearing to review all materials thoroughly.
  4. Ask questions that solicit information relevant to the incident (open-ended questions).
  5. Approach each charge with an open-minded willingness to consider the totality of information presented, from any credible source.
  6. Listen carefully to each person, withholding any final judgment until all available information has been presented and considered.
  7. Allow those responding to questions to develop a thorough discussion before moving on to the next area of questions.
  8. Engage in a meaningful discussion about whether the policies have been violated when the hearing has concluded.
  9. Determine whether a respondent is responsible or not responsible for violating the code.
  10. Be creative and thorough in your discussion related to sanctioning.
  11. Assist in the development of the written decision. Any written opinion should detail not only all evidence supporting the Board’s conclusion, but any evidence deemed by the Board to be unworthy of consideration, and why.
  12. Uphold the Student Code and the conduct process.

If you are interested in serving as a member of the Student Conduct Board, please contact the Coordinator of Student Life / Student Conduct Administrator at 530-226-4708 or studentconduct@simpsonu.edu.

If you are a student who has been accused of a potential Student Code Violation or if you are a student who has recently submitted an allegation, please see the following Student Information Pack for specific information on how to prepare for a Student Conduct Board Hearing.