Note: Recruitment and training for the Scarlet Honor Council has concluded for the Fall 2016 semester. Interviews and training will be offered again in the Spring 2017 semester.
The Scarlet Honor Council is a team of students committed to upholding Rutgers community standards and promoting a safe and civil campus environment. The Scarlet Honor Council is an educational and leadership opportunity for Rutgers students who want to make an impact and encourage others to have respect for their communities and community members. The Council is a great opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and participate in difficult decision making.
All members of the Rutgers student body are encouraged to apply to the Council, regardless of major, class year, or full- or part-time status. The Council consists of the following branches; students may join one or multiple branches:
University Hearing Board: The University Hearing Board is a panel of students, faculty and staff that hears the cases of students accused of violating the University Code of Student Conduct. At a hearing, the accused student and the complaint party present information and witnesses to the board. Based on this information, the board determines whether the student committed the violation and, if so, what the consequences should be.
For a detailed description of a hearing, see University Hearings. Most hearings before the University Hearing Board last a minimum of four hours and take place on weekdays (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).
Members of the University Hearing Board may also serve on the Campus Appeals Committee. Students found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct may appeal that decision and/or the sanction imposed. The Campus Appeals Committee hears these appeals and determines whether the findings or sanctions merit reconsideration.
Community Review Board: Students who are accused of Residence Life policy violations or certain low-level drug and alcohol violations may have their cases heard before the Community Review Board, a panel of students. The Community Review Board considers information and witnesses presented by the accused student and the complaint party. Based on this information, the board decides whether the student is in violation and, if so, determines an appropriate sanction. The Community Review Board also considers applications from students who have been removed from University housing for disciplinary reasons and are petitioning to return.
Most hearings before the Community Review Board last between 1 ½ and 2 hours and take place in the evening (4 – 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday).
Student Organization Conduct Board: Student organizations accused of violating University policies may have their cases heard by the Student Organization Conduct Board. The board considers information and witnesses presented by the organization and complaint party, and determines whether the organization has committed a violation. If a violation is found, the board recommends an appropriate sanction. In addition to adjudicating cases, members of the Student Organization Conduct Board will also have the opportunity to develop and implement educational programming for student organizations.
Outreach Team: The Outreach Team educates the University community on the Code of Student Conduct and the Academic Integrity Policy. Members of the team provide fun, interactive educational programming to classes, student organizations, residence halls, and Greek organizations. The Outreach Team meets each Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the academic year.
To join any division of the Scarlet Honor Council, applicants must be in good disciplinary and academic standing with the University and have a 2.75 GPA. Students with a prior disciplinary history will not be considered for membership unless all sanctions have been fulfilled. First-year students are welcome to participate in the application process during their first semester, but cannot become active members until their second semester.
To be considered for the Community Review Board, applicants must live in on-campus housing.
To join the Student Organization Conduct Board, students must be members of a recognized student organization, club sport, or fraternity or sorority and be in good standing with that organization.
To join the Outreach Team, applicants must be available on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- All candidates must submit an application.
- Based on their applications, selected students are chosen to participate in interviews.
- Appointments to the Council are made based on the applications and interviews. Those students chosen for appointments must then complete the appropriate training. Additional in-service training is required throughout the year.
All candidates who wish to serve on the University Hearing Board, the Community Review Board, or the Student Organization Conduct Board must complete Basic Training, which consists of three four-hour sessions. The program consists of presentations on the Rutgers disciplinary system, exercises in questioning and listening skills, evaluating information, and group decision-making, and a mock hearing.
Without exception, candidates must be able to attend all three sessions to qualify for the University Hearing Board, the Community Review Board, or the Student Organization Conduct Board.
Applicants who wish to serve only on the Outreach Team need not attend Basic Training, but must attend a training retreat in order to become familiar with the Rutgers disciplinary process and learn to effectively deliver outreach programs.
Applicants who wish to serve on the Community Review Board or the Student Organization Conduct Board must also complete one supplemental session.