Reviewing Judicial Review
This article from Brandeis explores the University Board on Student Conduct (UBSC), the campus judicial board. The board is comprised of students and faculty and is designed to hear cases and mete out punishments without involving state or federal courts that could permanently damage students’ records, reputations, or eligibility for federal financial aid. Proponents of the system (which exists in similar forms at schools across the nation) say that the system allows institutions to “maintain and enforce their own, higher standards for conduct.” They also say it allows students to learn from their mistakes without criminal consequences. But critics say that the shroud of secrecy that shields judicial review boards allows schools to manipulate behind closed doors.
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