The University Judiciary Committee is the student-run, central governing and operating body of the University Judicial System of the University of Virginia, and is authorized to investigate and adjudicate alleged violations of the University’s Standards of Conduct.
The UJC consists of 25 representatives elected from the 12 undergraduate and graduate schools of the University for one-year terms. Each school elects two representatives, except for the College of Arts & Sciences, which elects three. Representatives serve as judges during UJC trials and are responsible for committee policy and procedure.
All students are expected to abide by the 12 Standards of Conduct, which cover all student behavior other than lying, cheating, and stealing.
Standards of Conduct
Any individual or group may file complaints with the UJC according to the committee’s statute of limitations. All complaints are heard by a panel of five judges elected from the student body. Should the accused student be found guilty, the panel may choose to administer a variety of sanctions, ranging from an admonition to expulsion.
Generally, prohibited conduct for which a student is subject to discipline is defined as:
- Physical assault of any person on University- owned or -leased property, at any University-sanctioned function, at the permanent or temporary local residence of a University student, faculty member, employee, visitor, or in the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle County, or Prohibited Conduct, as defined in the University of Virginia Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence.
- Conduct that intentionally or recklessly threatens the health or safety of any person on University-owned or -leased property, at a University-sanctioned function, at the permanent or temporary local residence of a University student, faculty member, employee, or visitor, or in the city of Charlottesville or Albemarle County.
- Unauthorized entry into or occupation of University facilities that are locked, closed to student activities, or otherwise restricted as to use.
- Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, other University activities, or activities authorized to take place on University property.
- Unlawfully blocking or impeding normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on or adjacent to University property.
- Violation of University policies or regulations referenced in The Record, including policies concerning residence halls and the use of University facilities.
- Alteration, fabrication, or misuse of, or obtaining unauthorized access to, University identification cards, other documents, or computer files or systems.
- Disorderly conduct on Universityowned or -leased property or at a University- sanctioned function. Disorderly conduct is defined to include, but is not limited to, acts that breach the peace, are lewd, indecent, or obscene, and that are not constitutionally protected speech.
- Substantial damage to Universityowned or -leased property or to any property in the city of Charlottesville or Albemarle County or to property of a University student, employee, faculty member, or visitor, occurring on University-owned or -leased property or at the permanent or temporary local residence of any student, faculty member, employee, or visitor.
- Any violation of federal, state, or local law, if such directly affects the University’s pursuit of its proper educational purposes and only to the extent such violations are not covered by other Standards of Conduct and only where a specific provision of a statute or ordinance is charged in the complaint.
- Intentional, reckless, or negligent conduct that obstructs the operations of the Honor or Judiciary Committee, or conduct that violates their rules of confidentiality.
- Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting under provisions 1-11 set above. This shall include failure to give identity in situations concerning alleged violations of sections 1-11.
Should a trial panel determine that an accused student is guilty of the offense(s) alleged, the Judiciary Committee may impose any sanction(s), ranging from an admonition up to expulsion from the University.
Any violation of the University Standards of Conduct motivated by the age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, or family medical or genetic information of the victim will be deemed an aggravating circumstance, and will result in a more serious sanction up to, and including, expulsion from the University.
Except for cases appealed directly to the Judicial Review Board, University Judiciary Committee decisions are automatically subject to review by the vice president and chief student affairs officer. The vice president may affirm the Judiciary Committee’s decision or, if s/he believes the decision is not in the best interest of the University, s/he may: (a) remand the decision to the Judiciary Committee for review, reconsideration, or retrial with an explanation of why the vice president believes the case warrants further action by the committee; or (b) refer the decision directly to the Judicial Review Board, or its successor body.
An official of the University may temporarily suspend a student reasonably believed to pose a threat to himself or herself, to the health or safety of other members of the University, to University property, or to the educational process, pending a hearing on an underlying offense charged under the Standards of Conduct.
Interim suspension is also authorized where a student has engaged in violation(s) of the Standards of Conduct and/or federal, state, local, or international law, such that the official could reasonably conclude that the student is not fit to be a part of the community of responsibility and trust that is the University.
Any student so suspended who thereafter enters upon those areas of the Grounds denied the student by the terms of the suspension, other than with the permission of or at the request of University officials or of a duly authorized hearing body for purposes of a hearing, is subject to further discipline by the University as well as possible arrest and criminal prosecution.
Cases Involving Psychiatric Issues
The University has established two separate procedures to address allegations of misconduct for certain student cases involving contributory health impairments:
- Procedures for Hearings on Contributory Health Impairments in Honor Cases: Available to address appropriate cases before the University Honor Committee and relevant issues arising in the context of Interim Suspension; and
- Procedures for Student Disciplinary Cases Involving Contributory Health Impairments: The University Dean of Students may invoke this Procedure whether or not judicial charges are filed or pending when there is good cause to believe that, based upon a student’s conduct or behavior, a student’s presence at the University poses a significant risk. In any such instance, the University Dean of Students may request that the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer require that the student undergo a mental health assessment as one of the conditions for the student’s return or continued enrollment at the University.
Contact the Office of the Dean of Students (434.924.7133 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for full information on these procedures.