SCC Application Process
Students that are interested in becoming members of UMA’s Student Conduct Committee should first read the position descriptions below, and then fill out the online application on or before October 2nd, 2015. Upon receipt of your completed application, it will be forwarded to the Student Government Association for nomination consideration.
Minimum Eligible Requirements:
1. You must be registered for 3 or more credit hours at the University of Maine at Augusta.
2. You must be in good disciplinary standing with the University (not on current sanction).
3. You must be in good academic standing with the University (not on academic probation or suspension).
4. Under UMA policy, to be eligible to serve on an administrative (non-SGA) UMA committee, you must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher AND complete at least 80% of all courses attempted.
Should you have questions, please contact Laura Rodas at Laura.Rodas@maine.edu or at 207-621-3226.
Student Conduct Committee and Student Member Descriptions
The philosophy of the Student Conduct system is based upon the educational mission of the University.
The committee strives to:
- Hold each student to a high standard of behavior, both to protect the campus community, and to promote student ethical development;
- Recognize the reality of human fallibility, and to use it as an opportunity for growth through an educational rather than punitive conduct process.
The Student Conduct system holds students accountable for prohibited behavior and encourages behavior modification.
STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEE DESCRIPTION
The Student Conduct Committee (SCC) is charged with adjudicating cases of alleged UMS Student Conduct Code violations, educating the University community regarding relevant policies and procedures, and hearing proposed changes to the system-wide conduct policy. UMA has a standing committee for each of the two campuses with the opportunity for distance education students to participate (physical presence is required for hearing cases but training may be done remotely). For the complete UMS Student Conduct Code, visit the Student Handbook and view “Student Conduct Code” under the Polices tab. UMA’s local Student Conduct Committee Procedures are located in the following tab.
When called upon, a sitting committee may hear a case. A sitting SCC committee at UMA is made up of 1 faculty, 1 staff, and at least 3 students. Cases may be heard upon appeal from students who have been sanctioned by a conduct officer or the case may be referred directly without previous adjudication. The SCC determines if a UMA or UMS policy was violated, and if so, assigns sanctions that are appropriate to the violation. Possible sanctions range from a disciplinary warning, community service, or an educational project, up to and including suspension or dismissal from the University.
Finally, the Academic Integrity Board (AIB) is comprised of members of the Student Conduct Committee. The AIB is the subgroup of the SCC board called upon to hear academic integrity cases such as cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication on academic assignments.
SCC STUDENT COMMITTEE MEMBER POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The UMS Conduct Code specifies the following responsibilities for members of the Conduct Committee.
- Upon referral to the Committee by the Conduct Officer and at the request of the Committee Chair, participates in Conduct Committee Hearings.
- Considers all oral testimony, written statements, or relevant documents, records and exhibits presented during the formal Student Conduct Hearing.
- Questions witnesses or parties to the proceedings at any time during the proceedings.
- Not bound by strict rules of legal evidence, considers any relevant information of value in determining the issues and make efforts to obtain the most reliable information available.
- Participates in closed session deliberations to determine whether the Respondent has committed the alleged violation and, if so, the sanction(s) to be imposed.
- Votes that the Respondent is in violation of the Code only if convinced by a preponderance of the information presented that the Respondent has committed the act(s) as charged.
SCC APPLICANT CONSIDERATIONS:
Qualifications: Any student who is registered for 3 or more credits each semester and who meets UMA standards for good standing and committee service (see UMA’s SCC procedures here for more information). Nominations must be approved by the Presidents of the Augusta or Bangor Student Government Associations. SCC members must abide by all policies in the Student Conduct Code. Appointments are for one year (January through December).
Other requirements: The ability to strictly maintain the confidentiality of all information related to a student conduct case; think critically, work collaboratively with others; demonstrate sensitivity to and respect for others; and a strong sense of impartiality and objectivity.
Training: New committee members must participate in training regarding the University conduct system; skills in listening, questioning, and decision-making; and standards of evidence and due process issues. Additional training sessions may periodically be offered to develop and improve skills and knowledge, and to share information to enable SCC members to serve effectively. Training will occur in the fall semester and appointees will begin serving on the committee January 1.
Time Commitment: The Conduct Committee typically convenes for four hours of training in late fall. Conduct hearings are rare at UMA. However, when a conduct hearing occurs, at least three students are required to hear the case. Most hearings last between two and four hours. Conduct Committee members serve as they are available so long as there is not a conflict of interest.
Benefits: Being a member of the Student Conduct Committee provides an opportunity to develop practical skills that are important in daily life and are an asset to future employment. Such skills include conflict resolution, decision-making, consensus building, critical thinking and an awareness of diversity.