"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."
--Bekah Wilson '14, CJB
2014-15 Judicial Board Application
Thank you for your interest in serving on one or both of Middlebury's judicial boards! Below you will find valuable information about who is eligible to serve on the boards and how to apply. You will also hear from past and current student board members about their experiences.
How to Apply
- All application materials must be received by Monday, April 7, 2014 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Judicial Board Selection Committee will invite approximately 25 applicants for interviews in mid-April. The twelve student board members will be selected by the beginning of May.
Video of Past Judicial Board Members
Play the video to hear from past board members about their thoughts on serving on the board, then click the green links below for more information.
Why to Apply: Reflections from Current 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you Eligible?
- Students of all classes planning to be fully enrolled for at least one full semester in the next academic year may apply. Preference will be given to students who can serve for the full academic year.
- AJB members must have a flexible late afternoon and early evening schedule to hear cases. CJB members must be available every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. through the early evening.
- All board members must be available to attend mandatory all-day Judicial Board training on the Wednesday and Thursday before classes begin in September.
- It is definitely possible for varsity athletes to serve on the board, although accommodations may have to be arranged for participation in board training sessions. Many athletes have navigated this successfully.
- MiddView leaders are eligible to apply, as your training schedule will not conflict with MiddView obligations.
- Residence life staff are eligible to apply, as training scheduled can be coordinated.
- Board members must be able to remain on campus to hear cases through the Friday before Commencement in May.
- Students who will serve on Community Council in the same year are not eligible to apply.
- Students may apply to one or both boards simultaneously.
- Current student judicial board members must reapply each year.
This Judicial Boards Web site contains quite a bit of information about the Middlebury's judicial process. On the menu to the left, you may find the links on Judicial Handbook Policy, How the Judicial Process works, Frequently Asked Questions, and Honor Code especially helpful.
If you have questions about the application process, or questions about the judicial process that are not answered on this site, please contact Associate Dean Karen Guttentag.