The Judicial Branch is responsible for reviewing matters of non-academic disciplinary complaints, violations of the K-State SGA Constitution, the Conduct Code, Residence Life Policies, Housing and Dining Services Contracts, interferences with students' rights and freedoms, and appeals of K-State Police Department parking citations.
It aims to ensure fair treatment of students and serve as a judicial authority for resolving complaints and appeals. Judicial boards offer authoritative means to impose sanctions and levy disciplinary actions against students found to be in misconduct or engaging in harassment of fellow students. For students who feel they have been wronged, the judicial system often serves as an avenue of last resort after they fail to resolve their issues by other means.
The focus of the judicial branch is to foster the growth and development of individual students through the encouragement of self- discipline, accountability and responsibility to the community. A respect for the rights and privileges of others is the core of this philosophy. Responsibility for proper conduct is put upon the student – not the institution – with the assumption that most students do not try to intentionally cause violations, and will respect the rights and property of others.
The goals of the Judicial Board process are to redirect the behavior of students into acceptable patterns, to protect the rights and privileges of all students and to encourage educational development. The main advantage of a student judicial system is that when peer influence is exerted through a structured process, it can often be the most effective and positive means of accomplishing the goals of the system.
- Judicial Council
- Student Tribunal
- Housing and Dining Services Judicial Boards
- Student Review Board
- Parking Citation Appeals Board
- Ad Hoc Boards
Students with legitimate complaints have a right to petition a judicial board and have their case heard. To file a case with the Judicial Branch, contact Attorney General Gerald Mashange at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once a case is started, the appropriate board will receive the information and contact the student regarding further action.
The Attorney General serves as a liaison between Student Senate, the student body, and the Judicial Branch after being appointed by the Student Body President. The Attorney General’s role is to make preliminary decisions for cases that are filed, such as which board should be responsible for hearing the case, appoint Judicial Board members, and serve as a point of contact for judicial complaints.
The Student Tribunal
The Student Tribunal serves as a means for appealing judicial rulings and has the power to interpret SGA governing documents.
Student Review Board
Student Review Board hears cases involving violations of the Conduct Code occurring on campus or at off-campus university sponsored events.
Student Review Board in composed of one faculty member selected by Faculty Senate and five students appointed by the Student Body President, one being designated as Chair, as follows:
- One off-campus student unaffiliated with an organized living group.
- One student from a Fraternity or Sorority which is a member of Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council or Black Panhellenic Council.
- One student from the KSU Association of Residence Halls (KSUARH).
- Two at-large students.