3.3

The Judicial System

The University Judiciary Committee (UJC) was established to “promote the principles of civility and self-discipline that are appropriate to the conduct of an academic community.” The UJC is responsible for investigating and reviewing complaints of student misconduct, as defined by the 12 Standards of Conduct adopted by the University’s Board of Visitors. All students are expected to abide by these standards. 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 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.

The First-Year Judiciary Committee, a subcommittee of the UJC composed of first-year students, has jurisdiction over violations committed by first-years in first-year living areas.

Hazing is prohibited by Virginia law and University policy. Faculty members who suspect that an incident of hazing has occurred should report the incident directly to the Office of the Dean of Students. The incident can be reported by calling the office at 434-924-7133, by calling the Hazing Hotline at 434-243-4293, or by filing a report through the Just Report It system.