"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
2013-14 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. Please review this page and its links thoroughly.
How to Apply
- All application materials must be received by Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
- 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 Foley 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 and Recent Student Board Members
Each year a total of twelve students are selected to serve on Middlebury's Academic Judicial Board (AJB) and Community Judicial Board (CJB). Students consistently find this experience 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 andcompassion 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: I am getting more comfortable holding conflicting ideas in my head, such as "this is a good person" and "this student violated community standards," a necessary skill in navigating such morally hazy waters ad community justice. In addition, the ability to work closely with a board of individuals, each coming from their own unique perspective, and find common ground is invaluable.
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.
Garron Sanchez '13: I would encourage students to apply because the analytical depth of challenging, complex issues that occurs between students, administrators and staff on the board is unmatched anywhere else on this campus and makes a significant impact on what defines the Middlebury Community. I have a gratitude and respect for the policies that Middlebury has in place that I never anticipated or expected.
Bree Baccaglini '15: Serving as a judicial board member has given me a glimpse at the framework of implied and formalized social and academic agreements that sustain the Middlebury community on a day to day basis. Seeing aberrance from this agreement puts into focus the fragility and sacredness of sustained acts of integrity on the campus, and has helped me as a board member to appreciate Middlebury and to recognize the importance of conducting ourselves at all times in a manner consistent with the agreed "social contract." I view service on the Judicial Board as helping to maintain this "contract": an opportunity I would certainly recommend to all interested students.
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.
Jackie Yordan '13: I have been forced into high pressure situations in which I have to relinquish my biases, and come to a thoughtful decision. It has been one of the most difficult things, yet one of the most rewarding things about serving on the board. I have learned a great deal about myself through this process, and in addition, i have gained a greater appreciation for Middlebury's Honor Code and standards.
Izzy Ocampo '14: I've gained a sense of confidence and pride in our college community though serving on the CJB, and it's helped me to think more about my judgments and values.
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.
Ian Thomas '13.5: Being a part of the organization that protects and carries out our honor code is a great opportunity and learning experience. If you want to challenge yourself to see and understand diametrically opposed points of view, if you enjoy problem solving and putting together puzzles that have several missing pieces, then I very strongly encourage you to apply! Empathizing with others, working with your professors as colleagues, and making difficult choices with imperfect facts, these are the things I learned infinitely more about by serving our school on this board.
Chris Coe '12: Serving on the AJB will challenge you, both emotionally and morally. I have found that there are few things more difficult than serving on this board. Yet, there are also few things so rewarding. At the end of a hearing, you will leave the room feeling that you have lived up to what it means to live in this college, and that you have worked to make the Middlebury community an even better place. My experiences on the board have been my most memorable at Middlebury. Not only have I grown personally, learning how to navigate difficult conflicts and to work within the context of building consensus, but I have come away with the satisfaction of knowing that I'm serving the community I love in an important and direct way.
Jimin Kang '13: I think it bridges the gap between the students and the administration. The administration doesn't exist to admonish the students constantly; rather, it really strives to work with the students to create a safe environment for all. I have learned that nothing is black and white. At the end of the day, it all comes down to what is fundamentally fair and beneficial to our community as a whole.
Liza Winton '13: More so than any extracurricular I am involved in at Middlebury, participating on the CJB has influenced me on a deeply powerful level. The work has challenged the way I have considered teamwork, collaboration, and the value of my own judgment. My experience with the CJB has helped me to begin establishing an ability and confidence when evaluating decisions without black and white answers.
Landers Carnal '12: Serving as a member of the AJB has been a valuable experience for me because it has opened my eyes to my own moral values. The educational experience is invaluable and can only be obtained by experiencing situations that test one's own personal values.
Sara Cohen '12: Involving students, faculty and staff in judicial decisions signals an important responsibility and ownership that Middlebury students taken in their living and learning community. I am proud to be a member of a community that values trust, responsibility and respect, and it has been an honor to serve on the AJB that works to uphold these important values in our community.
Josh Lyvers '13: Serving on the board has been a valuable learning experience for me. I've gained a greater understanding of how to compromise, but most importantly, how to reach the most appropriate solution in a given case.
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.
- Varsity athletes with afternoon practices who wish to apply should discuss this with their coaches to ensure that you will be able to miss practice when hearings are scheduled. Many athletes have navigated this successfully. For more information about hearing frequency, please contact Associate Dean Karen Guttentag.
- Must be available to attend mandatory all-day Judicial Board training on the Wednesday and Thursday before classes begin in September.
- MiddView leaders are eligible to apply, as your training schedule will not conflict with MiddView obligations.
- 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.