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University Judiciaries changes name

Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility moniker reflects growing trend


University Judiciaries has changed its name to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility effective Jan. 1.

Within Ohio University's Student Code of Conduct, the stated purpose is, "The Ohio University Student Code of Conduct sets forth community expectations for Ohio University students."

The new name was chosen because it serves a dual purpose. It reflects the purpose of the Student Code of Conduct, while exemplifying the educational mission and focus of the office.

By incorporating the word "Community" into the departmental name, the University seeks to increase understanding among students, faculty, staff, and parents that a student's behavior impacts the University and the Athens community at large.

"I am very pleased to announce the new name of the university's student conduct office," said Director of Community Standards and Student Responsibility Chris Harris. "Community is one of the five core values of Ohio University and we seek to incorporate those values into every interaction that we have with our students. One of our principle goals is to help our students recognize that they are members of a community that extends to wherever they choose to live and learn."

Harris said he encourages students to be positive participants in the Student Conduct process by applying to be on the University Hearing board, serving as an adviser for students by joining Students Defending Students and by holding themselves and other students accountable for the community standards of Ohio University.

Harris said there has been a growing national trend within the field of student conduct in institutions of higher education since 2008 to instill in student conduct processes the effect one's actions have upon the larger community.

This trend was exemplified in the name change of the national professional organization from the Association for Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA) to the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). This change also helped to move the field away from the legalistic terminology being used, (i.e. judiciaries) to language that reflects the educational and community-based focus of student conduct work.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility at 740-593-2629.