The Office of Judicial Affairs
The Office of Judicial Affairs (OJA) is located in the Office of the Dean of Students, 210 Old Main. The office is responsible for addressing student misconduct that occurs during a student’s enrollment at Shippensburg University. Misconduct includes behavior that occurs on the campus, and can include infractions outside the campus community. The office files and maintains incident reports, schedules and conducts hearings, issues sanctions and gathers pertinent data. The OJA is supervised by an Associate Dean of Students/Director of Judicial Affairs, with the assistance of an administrative assistant and graduate assistant.
Philosophy of the Judicial System
Teaching civic principles and encouraging personal development are the core philosophical tenets of the judicial system at Shippensburg University. The focus is not on being punitive, but on teaching people how to live harmoniously and productively within a diverse, dynamic academic community. Students are challenged within the system to develop better decision-making skills, acquire increased self-discipline, cultivate greater understanding of their community responsibilities, and to develop increased personal insight. The goal is ultimately to redirect the behavior of students to more acceptable, productive patterns of conduct. Within this context, however, administrators of the system have a responsibility to protect the rights of other community members and to support the integrity of the academic mission.
Filing a Report
Anyone can file a disciplinary or incident report. If an individual is the victim of another’s misconduct, or an eyewitness to misconduct of another person, a report may be filed and submitted to the Office of Judicial Affairs. Please click here for Campus Behavior Reporting information. This can be submitted online through the Conduct Coordinator program. Students need to be aware that filing false reports could result in disciplinary actions.