The Dean of Students Office is looking for faculty and staff members to serve as judicial hearing officers during the 2004-05 academic year.
In preparation for becoming a hearing officer, each person must take part in a two-hour training session which will include an explanation and review of the hearing process, a discussion of the Code of Student Conduct and a "walk-through" of an actual hearing and rape/sexual assault awareness. There is also a required sexual violence and awareness training that will occur later in the fall for faculty/staff who are interested in serving on cases involving sexual violence.
The first general training session will be held in the Chancellor''s Board Room, 370 Whitmore on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon and the sexual violence awareness training will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 7-9:30 p.m. in 903 Lincoln Campus Center.
After their training, hearing officers are contacted on an as-needed basis. Working in teams of three to five, usually including faculty, staff and student representatives, hearing boards hear cases and forward recommendations to the dean of students, who is responsible for notifying students and imposing any disciplinary sanctions. The role of the hearing officer is very important as officers hear all sides of a case and make a recommendation based on the information.
Faculty and staff who wish to become hearing officers should contact Paul Vasconcellos, assistant dean of students, at 5-2684 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, Sept. 17.