Following the discussion of the disciplinary charter at University Council on February 21 and consultation with the Office of the General Counsel, the Acting Judicial Inquiry Officer, and members of the Judicial Reform Oversight Committee, we have made revisions in the charter text that was published in the February 13 edition of Almanac. The "we" here refers to the Provost, the members of the administration who have been working on the charter, and the leaders of the student judicial committee with which we have worked. In general, the new revisions relax the rules for opening hearings and reinstate, with some clarifications, the current charter's provisions regarding confidentiality. They also clarify the role of the Provost in the imposition of sanctions.
First, on the matter of opening the hearings (II.F.4.c), the text now reads:
Second, we have reaffirmed the principle that a respondent is responsible for presenting his or her own case before the Hearing Panel (II.F.4.f), but in stating the exception to this principle we have deleted the words "in extraordinary cases," because we believe that the intention of giving the DHO discretionary authority to decide when the respondent requires extraordinary assistance from his or her adviser is clear without the qualifying phrase.
Third, we have rewritten the passage on the imposition of sanctions by the Provost (II.H.1) as follows:
Fourth, after reconsidering the University's obligations under the Buckley Amendment, we have revised the two sections on the confidentiality of disciplinary proceedings and their records. In sum, we have preserved the provisions of the current charter. The texts now read (III.F.2,3):
We believe that these revisions to the published text respond to the concerns and criticisms heard both at University Council and in private communications. We now look forward to the completion of the approval process for the new charter through action by the University's schools.
-- Stanley Chodorow, Provost
-- Wilton Levine, Chair, Student Judicial Charter, Judicial Reform Oversight Committee
-- Ashley Magids, Chair, Academic Integrity, Judicial Reform Oversight Committee
March 5, 1996
Volume 42 Number 23
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