Dean Of Students

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The Judicial Process

Muhlenberg College students are both citizens and members of an academic community. As citizens they enjoy the same constitutional freedoms as other citizens and are subject to criminal and civil law. As members of the College community, however, they assume additional obligations. They bear a responsibility to preserve a collegiate environment which encourages the maximum development of their fellow students. All students of the College are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a mature and responsible manner. The rights and property of all persons are to be respected regardless of time or place. Failure to comply with College, City, State or Federal laws and regulations can result in disciplinary action by the College, as well as civil or criminal disciplinary action by a state or federal court. Muhlenberg College reserves the right to hold students accountable for violations of the Social Code both on and off campus. The Social Code applies to both individuals and groups, and in the event that an incident occurs which clearly implicates a group of students or a student organization, the case may be considered corporate and each member of the group and/or the group itself may be held responsible. Infractions of this Social Code may be dealt with through administrative and/or judicial channels. Students are also advised that alleged violations of college policies including policies applicable to alcohol, illegal drugs and sex offenses are governed by the rules and procedures applicable to Social Code violations. For further information on the handling of disciplinary offenses and possible sanctions, please refer to the Rules and Procedures Governing Alleged Violations of Muhlenberg College's Social Code.

Members of the College's management staff, as well as a group of student volunteers, are trained to advise students and help them prepare for their judicial hearings. Judicial Advisors are knowledgeable about students' rights, the College's rules and procedures, and the hearing process. A Judicial Advisor may accompany and consult with students during their hearings, but they may not address the Hearing Board or participate in the hearing or appeals process. Students may select any member of the College Community (faculty, staff, student) to assist them as a Judicial Advisor. Although the Dean of Students Office encourages students to use a Judicial Advisor, no student is ever required to select or consult with one. If you wish to consult with a Judicial Advisor you may contact any of the following individuals:

College Managers
Kim Anderson, Development & Alumni Relations
Regina Bortz, Development & Alumni Relations
Kelly Cannon, Trexler Library
Alyssa Ellowitch, Admissions
Joe Hardenberg, Bookstore
Doyle Smith, Office of Information Technology

Students
Samantha Pulliam ‘10
Rebecca Pinkus ‘10
Ethan Simon ‘11
Lauren Spirko ‘11
Jessica Swerdloff ‘11

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Origin of Formal Judicial Complaints

Although most formal judicial complaints originate from Campus Safety & Security investigations and/or Residential Services Staff incident reports, any student, faculty, or staff member may file a formal complaint against any matriculated Muhlenberg College student or organization for alleged violations of the Social Code on or off campus (see Social Code). In addition, students are also subject to civil and criminal action by local, state, and federal courts. To file a formal judicial complaint, you must submit your complaint, in writing, to the Office of Campus Safety & Security. A complaint must include:

*Your name, address, and phone number
*Nature and date of alleged violation
*Name of person(s) or organization responsible for the alleged violation
*Detailed statement of the incident

Once a Complaint is Filed

The Office of Campus Safety & Security will investigate the alleged violation and refer the case to the Dean of Students Office for internal judicial action. The College's Judicial Officer determines whether the information is sufficient to allege a violation of the Social Code and issues a formal Notice of Charge letter. The Notice of Charge specifies to which hearing body the case has been referred, a description of the alleged violation, and information about scheduling the hearing.