Honor Principle

Student Judicial Board


The Reed College Student Judicial Board (J-Board) serves a vital role in a community governed by an Honor Principle. If community members are unable to work out an alleged Honor Principle violation amongst themselves, and formal mediation fails to result in an agreeable solution, then community members may submit a complaint to the J-Board for more formal adjudication. The Complainant does not need to be the alleged victim. Specifically, J-Board hears complaints brought by members of the Reed community concerning alleged violations of the honor principle as well as college policies, rules, guidelines, and/or contracts by students. The J-Board acts as a fact-finding body that establishes, on a standard of more likely than not (preponderance of evidence), the sequence of events in question. The J-Board then determines what events in question constitute violations and recommends sanctions appropriate to the circumstances of the case. The J-Board’s findings and recommendations are then submitted to the President of the College. As the final authority in judicial matters at Reed, the President then decides whether to accept or alter the J-Board’s recommendations.

Composition and Training

The J-Board consists of twelve full-time students who have never been found guilty of a violation under the process of the Student Judicial Board Code and who are in good academic standing. The Student Senate appoints members to J-Board as needed—typically once per semester with a term of one year—as per the Student Judicial Board Code Section 1 and Student Senate Bylaws Article III, Sections 1 and 2.

The J-Board attends an extensive training each semester on the relevant laws, the Judicial Board Code, college policy, and the college’s adjudicative processes.  Additionally, the entire J-Board attends training each semester with the rest of the Sexual Misconduct Board on sexual misconduct adjudication.

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

Other Judicial Boards

Although the J-Board hears most complaints, in certain circumstances, such as a case of sexual misconduct, an appeal, or when the College is out of session, cases are adjudicated by other judicial boards. For a description of the different boards and a flowchart showing the course for an Honor Case, including the Sexual Misconduct Board, please see the Other Judicial Boards.

Judicial Board Process

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.

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