The Scarlet Honor Council

Large group of students - members of the Scarlet Honor Council


Please note that the Scarlet Honor Council referenced here is affiliated with Rutgers University – New Brunswick. 

For information about the Newark student conduct board, contact the Office of Community Standards & Student Development at 973-353-5063.

For information about the Camden student conduct board, contact the Office of Community Standards at 856-225-6050.

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 students who want to make a positive impact and encourage other students to have respect for their community and for one another. The council provides a great opportunity to develop critical thinking and leadership skills and make difficult decisions with a diverse team. 

All members of the Rutgers-New Brunswick student body are encouraged to apply to the council, regardless of major, undergraduate or graduate status, class year, or full- or part-time status. 

Members of the Scarlet Honor Council fulfill multiple roles. They may:

  • Serve on the University Hearing Board: The University Hearing Board is a panel of students, faculty and staff that hears the cases of students accused of violating University policy. At a University Hearing, the accused student and the complainant 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.
  • Serve on the Campus Appeals Committee: Students who are found responsible for violating University policy may appeal that decision. The Campus Appeals Committee, a panel of students, faculty, and staff, hears these appeals and determines whether established procedure was followed and whether the decision merits reconsideration.
  • Provide outreach and education to the Rutgers community: The Scarlet Honor Council educates the Rutgers community on University policy and ethical issues. Members organize fun activities for students and provide interactive, educational programming to classes, student organizations, residence halls, and Greek organizations. Past events include Academic Integrity Week, RU Ethical Week, mocktail mixers, and a town hall discussion of college drinking.



  • Members of the Scarlet Honor Council are provided with the dates and times of all University Hearings and Campus Appeals Committee meetings for each upcoming month, so that they can choose those dates that fit their schedules.
  • University Hearings are generally held Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Occasionally hearings are held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hearings usually last at least four hours.
  • Meetings of the Campus Appeals Committee (CAC) are scheduled once a week, usually on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. CAC meetings usually last about two hours.
  • The Outreach Committee meets once a week during the academic year (day and time to be announced).
  • All council members should plan to be available for outreach programs and continuing education several times each semester, as schedules permit.



To join 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.

Once appointed, members of the Scarlet Honor Council are required to:

  • Comply with all University policies
  • Maintain complete confidentiality
  • Complete at least three activities per semester (such as serving on a hearing or appeal, participating in an outreach program, attending a continuing education session, etc.)


Application Process

  1. All candidates must submit an application. 
  2. Based on their applications, selected students are chosen to participate in interviews.
  3. Appointments to the council are made based on the applications and interviews. Those students chosen for appointments must then complete the appropriate training. Additional continuing education is required throughout the year.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023-24 academic year. Our next recruiting cycle will begin in the fall 2024 semester.



Once appointed, candidates must complete the training program. Training is offered in the fall, spring, and summer. The program has four components:

  1. Online modules (these modules must be completed before the synchronous remote sessions). These modules, administered through Canvas, cover the basics of the Rutgers disciplinary system.
  2. A one-hour onboarding session (synchronous remote).  This session covers the principles of student conduct, specifics of the Rutgers disciplinary system, and expectations of board members. Multiple onboarding sessions are offered throughout the semester.
  3. A four-hour comprehensive session (synchronous remote). This session covers hearing skills, such as questioning and listening, evaluating information, and group decision-making. Multiple comprehensive sessions are offered throughout the semester.
  4. Observing one hearing and one appeal.


Questions? Contact the Scarlet Honor Council at