Dean of Students

Code of Student Conduct - Article 3 - Judicial Authority

Section 1. Final Authority

Final authority for the discipline of students rests with the Board of Trustees, who delegated that authority through the President, Vice President for Academic Support and Student Affairs and the Faculty to the Dean of Students, judicial bodies, as listed in Section 3A, and the Committee on Student Judicial Appeals. This code, as adopted by the Board of Trustees, shall take precedence over any lesser code that pertains to students.


Section 2. Dean of Students

The Dean of Students will administer the disciplinary process under the direction of the Vice President for Academic Support and Student Affairs as delegated by the President of NJIT.


Section 3. Judicial Bodies

1. Disciplinary hearings under this code may be held by any of the following judicial bodies:

  1. Residence Life Professional Staff

  2. Dean of Students or his/her designee

  3. Administrative Hearing Officer designated by the Dean of Students

  4. Student Conduct Hearing Board

  5. Committee on Student Judicial Appeals

2. Decisions of a judicial body shall be final, pending the appeal process(es) as described in this Code.

3. Hearing Board:

  • When a hearing board is to be convened, three to five voting members shall be selected from amongst a pool of trained members of the NJIT community. Regardless of the number of voting panel members, at least one of the student panel members shall be a graduate student if the respondent is a graduate student and at least one of the student panel members shall be an undergraduate student if the respondent is an undergraduate student with the exception of alleged sexual misconduct.                                                         

  • In addition to the voting panel members, a chair shall be selected. The Chair shall either be a faculty member or university official. The chair shall only have a vote if, due to extenuating circumstances, the board has an even number of members and a “tie” is reached. 

  • No voting member of the hearing panel may abstain. Decisions are based upon majority vote.

  • An independent authority with an expertise in the area of the alleged violation may be asked to interpret the details of the case (e.g. faculty member from the School of Architecture may interpret drawings and provide appropriate advice).

  • The Student Senate and The Graduate Student Association will be given the opportunity to nominate students to be trained and serve as board members. 

  • All students, faculty members and university officials may volunteer to serve on the Student Conduct Hearing Board for renewable one-year terms provided that they meet all the requirements for appointed members of the Committee. These members may be appointed by the Dean of Students as the need arises with the concurrence of the Vice President for Academic Support and Student Affairs. Instances in which the Dean of Students is unable to make such appointments for any reason, the Vice President for Academic Support and Student Affairs may make such appointments.

  • All new members of the pool for the Student Conduct Hearing Boards shall participate in training conducted by the Dean of Students (or designee) at the beginning of the academic year of appointment.