SGA Proposes Revision to Student Judicial Processes

Two Student Government Association leaders, President Raj Patel and James Crowe, an associate justice of the Constitutional Council, presented to the Faculty Council their proposal to realign student judicial processes. They explained that the honor councils in Emory College and other divisions hear cases of academic misconduct, and that those processes provide recommendations to academic deans, though in most divisions the dean is not bound by the recommendations. The Constitutional Council, on the other hand, hears “questions of the constitutionality and equity of any university action which affects the rights of any student or group thereof,” according to the Emory Student Constitution. In the proposed realignment, the Constitutional Council would review cases when division-based appeals are exhausted and only to consider whether “student rights or university policy” have been violated. The students were invited to return to the Faculty Council in the spring semester to discuss processes at other institutions and questions of evidence and implementation.


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