How to Apply

  • All application materials must be received by Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Application materials include A) an on-line application, and B) a resume.
  • To complete the on-line application, click here.
  • Once you have completed the on-line application, please email a copy of your resume to Diane DiLoreto at dmdiloreto@middlebury.edu.
  • The Judicial Board Selection Committee will invite approximately 30 applicants for interviews in mid-April. The twelve board members will be selected in the beginning of May.

Are you Eligible to Apply?

We seek to staff the judicial boards with 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 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 are generally able to make scheduling accommodations for  board members who are varsity athletes, MiddView leaders, residential life staff and Admissions Fellows.
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 some of the 2015-16 board members:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Allie Cohen '16.5: I would encourage students to apply for the Judicial Board because it is a fundamental way of getting more engaged with the community. One of my favorite aspects of Middlebury is the strong community of students, faculty, staff and administration, and the Honor Code is a part of the school that affects all of those different groups. By being on the Judicial Board, students become even more connected to a crucial process that affects the entire Middlebury network and represents its most essential values.


Thoughts from some former board members:

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.

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.

Judicial Boards Application Process

Questions?

The Judicial Boards 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 AJ Place.

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.