The Judicial Council (or JBoard, for short), is Pomona’s student-run and -led disciplinary system. Alleged violations of the Student Handbook that do not prescribe their own disciplinary procedures are heard by the JBoard. JBoard acts like a jury for students: when the Administration believes that a student has violated the rules, it brings a case in front of a panel of students to decide whether there was in fact a violation of college policy and, if so, what the appropriate sanction should be. The Judicial Council is meant to allow students to decide, for themselves, how to best establish and promote community standards while also providing a fair enforcement procedure for rules on student conduct.
The Judicial Council includes roughly thirty to forty students (“panelists”) and is led by four student chairs, with two advisors (Dean Ric Townes and Dean Josh Eisenberg) and a Graduate Assistant (Sean Dixon). The chairs are primarily responsible for recruiting members, leading training sessions for panelists, and administering hearings. Chairs also play an advisory role to the Student Affairs Committee, which writes rules governing student conduct.
Note that the Judicial Council does not have jurisdiction over all rules governing student conduct. Specifically, JBoard does not hear cases stemming from alleged discrimination and harassment, generally; sexual misconduct, harassment, and discrimination; or academic dishonesty.
JBoard accepts new panelists each school year; applications are generally due within the first few weeks of the fall semester.
For more information, see our FAQs, sample Statement of Alleged Policy Violation (SAPV, a sheet that is given to respondents when the Administration charges someone with an alleged violation of college policy), and diagrams that explain the process of a case. The Judicial Council and the Dean of Students' Office also will begin to maintain a public precedent file in 2019-20, which is here.