The Community Standards Board (CSB) is a group of students, faculty, and administrators/staff who are trained to hear cases that involve more serious violations of the Community Standards and serve a role within the Community Standards appeals process (see “What is the Appeals Process?”).

The CSB includes the following members:

Board – The Community Standards Board is an eleven-person board, consisting of four students, four faculty members, and three administrators/staff. Three undergraduate student members are selected from the Peer Review Board by the Director of Community Standards/designee, one undergraduate adult student or graduate adult student is selected by the Director of Community Standards/designee, four faculty members are selected by the Faculty Senate, and three administrators/staff are selected by the Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost. The term of membership on the Community Standards Board shall be two years for faculty and administrators/staff and one year for students, unless circumstances call for an adjusted term length (i.e. member withdrawal from the CSB before their term expiration). Terms are renewable.

Chairperson – The Chairperson is a voting member, who is selected by the Moderator on a case-by-case basis.

Moderator/Resource Person – The Moderator shall advise the CSB on matters such as the type of information that may help in determining if Community Standards were violated and prior sanctions relating to similar conduct. The Moderator shall also facilitate the appropriate paperwork and record keeping, as well as reserve the hearing space.

The Moderator selects three CSB representatives to serve on a hearing panel to hear any particular case. The composition of each panel shall consist of one faculty member, one student, and one administrator/staff. Board Members shall disqualify themselves from serving on a Community Standards Board case if they believe in good faith that they cannot be objective in the matter. The respondent and complainant may object to a member for cause in writing at least 24 hours before the hearing. The Moderator shall rule on all objections and replace any disqualified members.

Format and Preparing for a Community Standards Board Hearing?

*The format of the hearing may change based on the facts and circumstances of each case. 

Note: These are guidelines for preparation only. In some instances, there may be requirements and/or deadlines issued, to which you must comply.

1) Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Office of Community Standards.

2) The Community Standards Board will be respectful to you as a fellow member of the SJU community and will expect that you conduct yourself respectfully in return.

3) Dress appropriately for your hearing as a signal of the seriousness with which you are taking the proceedings.

4) Show up on time for the hearing. If you do not know where to go, find the hearing location beforehand. Be sure to give yourself enough time to make it, especially if you are coming from off campus and need to find a parking spot.

5) Do your homework before the hearing. Learn about the Community Standards process and standards. If you are a resident student, and if appropriate, talk to your Resident Assistant or someone in Residence Life. Consult with a Community Standards Advisor if needed.

6) During the hearing, you are able to present pertinent information. You are also able to provide information from witnesses of fact. If you are thinking about bringing a witness to the hearing, let the Office of Community Standards know.

7) Finally, remember that the hearing is your opportunity to share your experience with regards to the incident. It is important to be honest and mature throughout the conversation. We do value this honesty and maturity in our process.

NOTE: The information included on this webpage does not replace information published within the Student Handbook. For more complete information, please reference the Student Handbook. Please refer to the Sexual Misconduct Policy, which includes the disciplinary process for alleged violations of this policy.