Hearing Boards

What are Hearing Boards?

Hearing Boards are part of the student conduct system at the University of Puget Sound. The Hearing Boards consist of the Peer Board, Greek Community Standards Board, and the Honor Court. Hearing Board Members are volunteers who will hear minor and major conduct cases. The goal of the board is to positively impact our community by providing educationally focused consequences for students found responsible for violating the Student Integrity Code. This is a challenging, interesting and rewarding opportunity for involvement.

How do Hearing Boards function?

Peer Board hearings are held on Thursday evenings from 6 - 9 p.m., throughout the academic year (depending on the number of cases each night). Four Peer Board members and a chair from the Honor Court will hear all cases for an entire evening. Each student will be assigned 15 minutes to have their case heard. At the end of the evening, Peer Board members will deliberate each case and assign sanctions as appropriate.

Greek Community Standards Board hearings and the Honor Court are convened as needed throughout the academic year.

Who is on the Peer Board?

In order to be eligible for a Peer Board position, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.25 at Puget Sound.
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Puget Sound.
  • Be available to participate in Fall and monthly training sessions and be able to perform on a Peer Board for the entire academic year.
  • Peer Board members may not be a Resident Assistant, Resident Community Coordinator or work for Security during their term on the board.
  • Learn, interpret, and implement all policies and procedures as outlined in the Student Integrity Code, campus policies and all other university and residence hall policies.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled hearings and trainings.


  • The time commitment averages six hours monthly.
  • Continued training sessions will be set once per month throughout the year.

What Qualities do we look for in a Hearing Board member?

  • Assertiveness Skills: Express self honestly without infringing on the rights of others.
  • Communication/Listening skills: Show an awareness of verbal and non-verbal skills. Express self clearly, hear ideas and opinions of others, attentive.
  • Confidential/Discrete: Composed, willing to take an unpopular stand, able to support ones ideas, strong self concept.
  • Ethical/Problem solving: Makes decisions objectively after thinking through most aspects of the issue.
  • Flexibility: Willing to reconsider viewpoints given new and significant information, willing to make compromises, willing to work as a group member.
  • Leadership: Can direct others without being overbearing, encourages participation, and earns respect.
  • Maturity: Exhibits sound judgment, can set goals and evaluate progress, purposeful, reliable and responsible, ability to be fair and honest.
  • Motivation/enthusiasm: Express sincere interest and enthusiasm for working with other students, general understanding of the position, desire to learn more.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.25

How to get involved with Hearing Boards:

Contact Frank Cirioni, Director of Student Conduct, for more information.