To
All Students
From
Harper Jones, Chair, University Judiciary Committee

To the University Community, 

I hope this email finds you well as you settle into a well-deserved summer recess.

The University Judiciary Committee (UJC) is the student-run judiciary body of the University of Virginia and is authorized to investigate and adjudicate alleged violations of the University’s 12 Standards of Conduct. The UJC is dedicated to promoting the values of safety, freedom, and respect within the University Community — our support officers and representatives work tirelessly each day to uphold a fair and efficient trial process with equitable and informed outcomes for all parties involved. 

In the interest of transparency, the UJC releases a statistics report each semester which details important information about our caseload. In compliance with the state of Virginia’s Adam’s Law and our by-laws, the UJC also releases more specific information on organizational cases heard by the Committee, which can also be found in this semester’s statistics report. 

The Spring 2024 Semester Report presents the UJC’s case statistics for twenty-four (24) cases, which were finalized from the period beginning 1/1/2024 and ending 5/8/2024. These cases included three (3) organizational cases and twenty-one (21) individual student cases involving twenty-one (21) students. Thirteen (13) out of these 24 cases involved violations of Standards of Conduct 1 and/or 2 — allegations related to physical assault and threats to safety and health. It is atypical for the Committee to hear this high of a volume of Standard 1- and Standard 2-related cases and this semester saw a 200% increase in cases on the Committee’s docket. I am exceptionally proud of and grateful to our support officers and judges for addressing each case with the utmost dedication, empathy, and attention to detail. As of May 20, 2024, the UJC docket includes another twenty-one (21) pending cases. The Spring 2024 Report includes a more detailed graphic breakdown of various sanctions issued by the Committee as well as case trends throughout the semester. 

Aligned with our educational mandate, UJC representatives approach the sanction-crafting process with a focus on rehabilitative, restorative justice and the promotion of safety, freedom, and respect within the University community. Our multi-sanction system seeks to produce sanctions that are proportionate to each violation of the Standards of Conduct, while simultaneously aiding Accused students and organizations in reflection, growth, and reparation to the broader UVa community. It is notable that the UJC issued its first expulsion in over two decades this semester, reflecting the Committee’s need to prioritize safety and well-being of the broader University community where educational sanctions seem insufficient and reconciliation becomes impossible. In most instances, the comprehensive sanctioning model of the UJC encourages sanction flexibility, creativity, and specificity based on the individual circumstances of each Accused student or organization. The majority of sanctions in the Spring of 2024 included research-based and reflective essays, meetings with staff, faculty, or a representative from the UJC, counseling, changes to organizational rules and regulations, modification of leadership transition documents, and educational programs — demonstrating a continued commitment to restorative, rehabilitative justice. 

The UJC is rooted strongly in the tradition of student self-governance. We remain committed to the ideal that students are best able to understand and contextualize the student experience and thus are best equipped to craft sanctions that promote accountability, reflection, and restoration. The UJC remains a resource for all students, faculty and staff, and members of the broader Charlottesville community, and we encourage you to file a complaint if you experience or witness a violation of the University’s Standards of Conduct. 

We look forward to engaging further with the UVA community in the fall through a variety of community-wide events and programs. We encourage you to reach out to your elected representatives to hear more about specific initiatives within your school community.

In the semesters to come, the Committee will continue to hold ourselves to the highest possible standard while striving for efficient and effective case processing. We invite you to join us in this mission when we begin our recruitment efforts in the fall. 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] at any time. On behalf of the entire University Judiciary Committee, I hope you have a wonderful summer. 

Sincerely,

Harper Jones (she/her)
Chair, University Judiciary Committee


Our Process 

The UJC receives complaints from students, faculty and staff, and community members through our online system or through JustReportIt. Upon receiving a complaint, the Executive Committee determines whether or not it falls within the Committee’s jurisdiction and 45-day statute of limitations. If the five (5) voting members of the Executive Committee vote to accept the case, by supermajority, the UJC proceeds with our investigation and trial process. 

Each student or organization that comes before the Committee has the choice to plead Guilty or Not Guilty to the Standard(s) of Conduct they are accused of violating. If a student or organization pleads Not Guilty, the trial moves to a Trial for Guilt, where a panel of five judges — representatives elected and/or appointed from their respective undergraduate and graduate schools — determines whether the student or organization has violated the Standard(s) of Conduct. If a student or organization is found Guilty or pleads Guilty, the trial moves to a Trial for Sanction, where the same trial panel determines sanctions for the Accused party. The Accused party has 14 days to file an appeal following a trial — more specific details on the rights and responsibilities of Accused parties and on the UJC process can be found on the UJC website

Throughout the entirety of our process, the rights of Accused parties are the utmost priority. The UJC is deeply committed to ensuring that each party has adequate time and resources to prepare for their trial while advancing the most equitable and efficient trial process possible. In the Spring 2024 semester, the UJC reduced our case processing time by over 40 days and will continue to hold ourselves to the highest possible standard while striving for efficient and effective case processing.


Connect with the UJC
For more updates on the UJC, access our website or our Instagram @uvaujc

UJC Spring 2024 Statistics Report