The Committee is charged with examining whether the current Judicial Charter and related policies create a system of student accountability that aligns with the values and needs of today’s campus community, including fostering student development and learning.
Specifically, the Committee should first examine whether the Fundamental Standard requires interpretative refinements and whether the University should continue to operate under the Honor Code as written for matters of academic integrity. The Committee should then determine whether amendments are required to the Charter in order to align our administrative processes with our community values.
If changes are required, the Committee should create a Judicial Charter of 2020 and related policies to be implemented in the next academic year. Finally, the Committee should make recommendations for how to ensure that our student accountability system can continue to be relevant and a part of the campus culture for future generations at Stanford.
Additionally, some students have expressed concerns that the Committee is specifically focused on changing the burden of proof used in Office of Community Standards cases. We would like to clarify that, according to the charge, the Committee is intended to broadly consider the judicial process in its entirety. All of the questions listed in the committee charge represent important ethical, philosophical, and practical considerations that are an integral part of any comprehensive conversation about the judicial process. Because the burden of proof is a central aspect of this process, it is natural that the committee should discuss it during its review of the Judicial Charter.