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Division of Academic and Student Affairs

Policy Changes

Offenses Against the Judiciary

Any duly authorized member of a judicial board, including the chair, may bring the charge of contempt or perjury before the board. This charge may result from any of the following actions by a student or students.

  1. Contempt. Students are forbidden to disobey or disrupt any judicial board proceedings, to refuse to answer a judicial summons, to violate any mandamus or injunctive order received from any judicial board, or to fail to honor a normal request of the chair.

  2. Perjury. Any student who tells a deliberate falsehood during any judicial board hearing or any administrative hearing of the Student Government Association shall be considered to have perjured himself or herself.

Trial by Absentia. Any student who refuses to appear at any judicial preliminary, without just cause, or who fails to appear at the regularly scheduled time of the hearing, shall be tried in absentia. The student in question shall be sent a first-class letter outlining the charges, rights of the student, and date, time, and place of the hearing. This constitutes procedural due process, and if the student refuses to appear, an absentia hearing will take place.

Violation of Procedures. Any student or recognized body of the Student Government Association who shall violate a bill of the SGA Legislature not considered a disciplinary offense as defined in number II, nor considered grounds for impeachment, shall be in violation of procedures. Procedural violations shall not result in any disciplinary action by any judicial board, but may result in a mandamus proceeding, a violation of which is contempt.