Judicial Boards Application Process

Are you Eligible to Apply?

We seek a diverse array of mature, thoughtful students who are invested in the Middlebury community and all of its members. This includes students from all four classes and from all backgrounds and areas of academic and campus life.

Regarding eligibility and scheduling:

  • All students who will be enrolled for at least one full semester in the next academic year (Fall '18-Spring '19) are eligible.
  • Hearings do not take place every week, but in general, board members must keep their schedules open each week in case a hearing is needed. Specifically:
    • Academic Judicial Board (AJB) members must be available every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. into the evening.
    • Community Judicial Board (CJB) members must be available every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. into the evening.
  • The number of hearings can vary from none to 5-6 per semester.
  • All board members must also be available to attend two days of mandatory Judicial Board training the week before classes begin in September. We can make scheduling accommodations for  board members who are varsity athletes, MiddView leaders, residential life staff and Admissions Fellows.

 

How to Apply

  • All application materials must be received by Monday, April 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Application materials include A) an on-line application, and B) a resume, also submitted on line.
  • Please click here for the on-line application. Please note that to access the application, you will need to be signed into Google through your Middlebury email account (name@middlebury.edu); otherwise, you may get a message that you do not have authorization to access the application. If this occurs, go to your Google account and switch to your Middlebury account. Please click here if you continue to have difficulty. 
  • The Judicial Board Selection Committee will invite approximately 30 applicants for interviews in mid-April and early May. The twelve student board members will be selected and notified in early/mid-May.

Questions?

This Judicial Affairs Web site contains information about the Middlebury's judicial process. If you have questions about the application process, or questions about the judicial process that are not answered on this site, please contact either of the two associate deans for judicial affairs and student life:  Karen Guttentag or Brian Lind.

Students, faculty and staff who are currently serving on the judicial boards are also a great source of information. See Judicial Board Members on the menu to the left to learn who they are. Student judicial board members will also be hosting a drop-in information session during the first week in April (more information to come). Finally, please see "Why to Apply: Reflections from Recent Student Board Members" below for additional thoughts on the experience of board service.

Video of Past Student Judicial Board Members

In 2009-10, judicial board members were interviewed about the experience of serving on the board. Play the video to the right to hear their stories.

Why to Apply: Reflections from Recent Student Board Members

Students consistently find their experience as judicial board members to be among the most enriching, provocative and important aspects of their time at Middlebury. Below are some reflections from current and recent board members.

Thoughts from current and former board members:

Nia Robinson '19: When thinking about the highlights of my Middlebury experience, I always point to the judicial board. I appreciate, admire, and respect all of the board members. I also value the role I have in the judicial process. Middlebury means a lot to me, and it has been a privilege to take part in something that has an substantial impact on the community.

Joanna Balla '19: Being a member of the Judicial Boards is a wonderful opportunity to serve the broader Middlebury community in a tangible and meaningful way. The trainings are fantastic and get you thinking about important issues of justice and equity as they apply to an academic context. You get to work with people who are dedicated and passionate, and you develop important skills of communication and deliberation along the way.

Henry Kremer '19: Through serving on the board I have learned how to listen, and to put myself in the shoes of others. Working to uncover the truth is never straightforward but through dialogue and mutual understanding my experiences on the board have taught me that it is possible and often rewarding for all parties involved. Furthermore, I have also learned how to identify my underlying biases and appropriately proceed with caution and rationality.

Caroline Snell '19: Becoming a student member of the judicial board is an excellent way to serve the College community by reflecting seriously on our values and expectations as a student body that is part of a greater whole. The decisions we are asked to make are far from easy, but are an important part of our duty as students to hold each other accountable to our high standards.

Phoebe Weiner '18: Applying to the judicial board is one of the best decisions I have made at Middlebury. The board has given me the opportunity to work with faculty and fellow students in a vital decision making process. Through my experience, I have developed insight and gained maturity. The board has allowed me to learn about the value of objectivity and commitment. Serving as a member has also taught me about empathy, fairness, and my own personal ethics. I now understand how integral a judicial process is to a supportive college community.

James Burke '17: The Judicial Board is an important piece of the process of upholding Middlebury's standards. Whether we're talking about academic or community standards, the Judicial Board plays a vital role in maintaining the integrity of the judicial process. For individuals, the opportunity to serve on the board is an opportunity to get involved in something outside the realm of typical activities. You get the opportunity to work with other students, faculty, and staff in a truly unique process. Additionally, I have learned more about the judicial process and the standards the college is trying to maintain.

Maeve Moynihan '17: Judicial Board has been one of the most grounding and thought-provoking facets of my time at Middlebury, without question. As a Judicial Board member, you will be asked to confront challenging situations and work diligently to listen to and understand the many aspects community standards and the experiences of your fellow students. Judicial Board provides a unique opportunity to work with students, faculty and staff collaboratively as peers, rather than within the typical hierarchy of campus life. Judicial Board is unlike other campus activities that involve a weekly or daily time commitment - instead you will serve intermittently in hearings that allow you the time and space to think deeply about issues in a focused way. I would encourage any interested student to apply to Judicial Board to understand the Middlebury community in a new and deeper way.

Sarah Champ '17: The judicial board allows students to have a real stake and say in the Middlebury community. On the board, students, faculty and staff work collaboratively and as equals to ensure that every member of our community receives a fundamentally fair judicial process. Serving on the judicial boards means getting to directly create and influence the kind of atmosphere we all want to see at Middlebury, an atmosphere that promotes respect, community and integrity. Serving on the Middlebury judicial boards presents students with tremendous potential for growth. Your beliefs will be challenged and your values and convictions strengthened. You will learn to approach new and challenging situations with an open mind, empathy, and above all respect. You will learn to work collaboratively as a team to reach a verdict, actively listening and keeping an open mind while also voicing and defending your own opinions.

John Terhune '17: Sitting on a judicial board is one of the best ways to serve the Middlebury community. It can be both intellectually and emotionally challenging at times, but the difficult nature of the work also makes it feel incredibly important and worthwhile. There is no "prosecution" or "defense" in the Middlebury process, and hearings don't have the antagonistic feeling that a courtroom might. Instead, it really does feel like everyone is working together to figure out what happened and what a fair sanction might be. While the process is difficult for students who are found to have committed a violation, they usually recognize and genuinely appreciate the efforts of the board.


Tom Yu '16:
Serving on the board helps you develop a different perspective that you simply cannot learn from a typical classroom. Because of the complex nature of every case, you learn to consider potential consequences of your decision from perspectives of school's administration, faculty, staff, and students. As a board member you will not only be able to influence the decision of each case, but also elicit immense change in yourself and the Middlebury community as a whole. Indeed, the judicial board is an institution where seemingly vague concepts of "social contract" and "fundamental fairness" become relevant and real.

Kate Hamilton '15.5: My experience on the AJB has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my Middlebury education thus far. Through grappling with complex situations, I have developed my own sense of what constitutes fundamental fairness, as well as empathy and a deep respect for my peers. I would encourage anyone who wants a healthy community that is both trusting and accountable to apply for the Judicial Boards, because it is an opportunity to move Middlebury closer to that ideal.

Karen Liu '15: Every hearing with the CJB were moments of intense engagement that I rarely experience elsewhere. I was required to listen to every thought, evaluate the information presented, while reflecting on my personal judgment, biases, and values. Through this challenging experience, I was able to further develop valuable skills, such as empathy, critical thinking, and self-reflection.

Davis Woolworth '15: The CJB challenges its members to find tangible solutions to questions and problems to which there are no clear or straight answers. Finding workable solutions to such situations with a board made up of incredibly thoughtful faculty, staff, and other students is an experience I count myself extremely lucky to have been a part of.

Joe Flaherty '15: After serving on the AJB, I have a greater appreciation for how the judicial process at Middlebury seeks fundamental fairness for everyone involved.  Your own ideas about justice and fairness may be challenged at times and, as a board member, you will have to grapple with difficult questions while making decisions that impact the College community.  Every student and faculty member on the Board brings a different set of experiences and values to the judicial process and sorting through these ideas ultimately helps find an appropriate outcome.

Bekah Wilson '14: Through my experience on the CJB, I’ve learned that there is room for critical review and compassion in a college judicial system. You should apply because you care about the people you live and go to school with. You should apply because you see things in a way that other people might not. You should apply because you want to engage critically with challenging cases that require you to check your biases at the door. You should apply, especially, because you believe in a healthy college community supported by accountability, justice, and compassion.

Hudson Cavanagh '14: Being in a hearing requires you to be fully present, and fully conscious of not only what you mean to say, but what the person on the other end of the table could hear from what you are saying. There are subtleties in how you pose questions that can have a big impact on the response of the recipient; experience seeing this effect over an extended period of time has really helped my own communication skills.