The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for overseeing the College wide judicial system and coordinating all related processes and functions. The Office of Judicial Affairs provides proactive programming and educational interventions in an effort to foster the development of student responsibility and community. The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of the Ithaca College Student Conduct Code and Residential Life Rules and Regulations related to all alleged acts of academic and non-academic student misconduct. The goals of the judicial system are:
- To provide educational programs and interventions directed at encouraging responsible, community-minded behavior.
- To establish and enforce reasonable and clear limits designed to protect the community and the rights of its members.
- To develop and support a positive living and learning environment.
- To educate students regarding responsibility and accountability for their actions.
- To encourage and foster self-insight and self-initiated change of behavior.
- To protect the rights of individuals accused of violating College rules and regulations.
- To provide a fair, supportive, and timely hearing process to address instances of alleged violations of College rules and policies.
- To offer learning experiences for students, staff, and faculty who participate in the on-going maintenance and implementation of the process.
The basic philosophy of the Ithaca College judicial system is educational in nature. Outreach programs are designed to encourage students to empower themselves to establish and maintain positive, responsible, and supportive communities. Students, staff, and faculty are trained to discuss and confront inappropriate behaviors with students in a straight forward, positive manner. Respect for the student, honest dialog, and an objective consideration of all evidence and testimony is critical to the process. The key to effective disciplinary counseling is twofold: assist the student in understanding the inappropriateness of their actions and the ways in which such actions negatively impact other individuals and/or the community; and to help the student identify and learn more effective methods of judgment and action in the future.