Honor Principle

Other Judicial Boards

In addition to the Student Judicial Board (J-Board), there are additional judicial boards to hear cases of sexual misconduct, appeals, and cases that are heard out of session. For information on filing a complaint, the format of hearings for all judicial boards, a description of how deliberations and recommendations are made, and the appeals process, please consult the Judicial Board Process.

When preparing to submit a complaint, please consult the Honor Process Flowchart and the Guide for Submitting Complaints to Judicial Boards to determine when, how, and to which board to submit a complaint. It may also be helpful to consider the overview of the Honor Process.

Sexual Misconduct Board


According to the Judicial Board Code, the Sexual Misconduct Board (SMB) hears all cases brought by any current or former members of the Reed Community against any individual who has allegedly committed an act of sexual misconduct while a member of the student body. Sexual misconduct is broadly defined to mean sexual assault, sexual harassment, and any other forms of dishonorable conduct of a sexual nature. Bringing a complaint to the SMB does not preclude any of the other rights of survivors of sexual assault, including confidential counseling and support, reporting to the police or Reed Community Safety, or engaging in the legal system, which are detailed on the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response pages. The Complainant does not need to be the alleged victim.

Composition and Training

The SMB consists of five staff members as well as all twelve members of the Student Judicial Board (J-Board). A hearing board of five members of the SMB is formed for each complaint of sexual misconduct. There are at least two staff members and at least two students on each hearing board. Every year the President, in consultation with the faculty and staff advisors to the Judicial Boards, appoints the staff members of the SMB, with one staff member as its Chair. Staff who have been found to have violated the Honor Principle or any college policy relating to sexual misconduct, violence, or dishonesty may not serve as members of the SMB.

All members of the SMB receive training in sexual misconduct adjudication as well as general training concerning the adjudication of violations of the Honor Principle. SMB proceedings are governed by the same procedures as the Judicial Board, except where specified in Section 10 of the Judicial Board Code.

A list of the current members of the Sexual Misconduct Board is available on the Members of Judicial Boards page.

Appeals Board

The Appeals Board consists of three students (including the Student Body President and a Student Senator who is not a member of the J-Board), two members of the faculty (including a member of the Honor Council). The Chair of the Community Affairs Committee is the the Appeals Board Chair and Procedural Aide, but does not vote. The Appeals Board receives the subset of the training given to the Student Judicial Board and Sexual Misconduct Board relevant to adjudicating appeals from both boards.

A list of the current members of the Appeals Board is available on the Members of Judicial Boards page.

Temporary Hearing Boards

When the college is not in session, different types of cases are heard by different boards, listed below.

  • Cases that would normally go to the J-Board are heard by a Temporary Hearing Board (THB). The THB is composed of five members appointed by the President selected from the Sexual Misconduct Board (SMB), including at least one student from the J-Board.
  • Sexual misconduct cases will still go to the full SMB when the college is not in session. If a sufficient number of members are not available, they are heard by a three- or five-member hearing board consisting of SMB members selected by the President.
  • Academic misconduct cases are heard by the Administrative Committee.
  • Appeals are heard by a three-member panel selected from the Appeals Board, with the Chair of the Appeals Board serving as a non-voting member; if a sufficient number of members are not available, the President will appoint an Appeals Board.