Application to be a University Hearing Panel member in the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities
Application for University Hearing Panel Members is due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2021.

Dear Applicant:

I am pleased you decided to apply for a leadership position within the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities and the Office of Academic Integrity contribute to the University by educating students about community standards and their rights and responsibilities as GW students.

Position Description:

University Hearing Panel – The University Hearing Panel is comprised of GW students, faculty, and staff who meet with accused students to review allegations of academic and non-academic misconduct. Student members of the University Hearing Panel, along with their faculty and staff counterparts, are trained to interpret the Code of Academic Integrity and the Code of Student Conduct, and they play an integral role in fostering development and growth among their peers. The University Hearing Panel will review a variety of cases of potential misconduct, which may include (but is not limited to): academic plagiarism and cheating, physical abuse, non-compliance, discrimination, community disturbances, and violations involving drugs and alcohol. Ultimately, student members of the University Hearing Panel are tasked with ensuring that any harm caused to a community by their peers can be restored.

BENEFITS OF INVOLVEMENT:

 Develop active listening skills and enhance critical thinking skills.
 Experience working in a professional setting.
 Enhancement of organization, time management, and decision-making skills.
 Practice interpreting policy in the practical application of community standards.

REQUIREMENTS:

 Membership is limited to full-time graduate and undergraduate GW students who are at least rising sophomores.

 A minimum GPA of at least a 2.8 at the time of application.

 All University Hearing Panel members must attend training during the spring semester. The dates and times of this training are to be determined. Candidates who are not able to attend will be removed from the selection process. In addition, student leaders must participate in periodic training sessions scheduled throughout each semester.

 A candidate’s academic and disciplinary record will be considered in the application process. In addition, applicants who violate University policy after the time of application or during their time of service may not be considered for a position or may be removed from a position.

 Students who are planning to study abroad during the 2021-2022 academic year are not eligible for a position in the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.

 For students applying to be a member of the University Hearing Panel, holding a position (elected or appointed) on the Student Association is not permitted.

 Panel Members represent the various academic colleges at GW. A prerequisite for selection is that members must be registered for at least three credit hours and enrolled in a degree-granting program of the school which they represent.

University Hearing Panel Members are required to disclose if they hold, either at the time of application or after selection, internships, paid or volunteer positions, or other affiliations with law firms, advocacy groups, or other organizations that could represent or otherwise support students in student conduct or academic integrity processes at GW. Such affiliation is not a disqualification for participation as a University Hearing Panel member. However, as such an affiliation could represent a conflict of interest, disclosure is required.

I hope you will join the staff in the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities and take up the challenge of educating your peers through active participation in the University disciplinary system. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Alexander-Smith
Associate Director, Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities
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