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, Integrity Code 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 20 minutes to have their case heard. At the end of the evening, Peer Board members will deliberate each case and assign sanctions as appropriate.

Integrity Code Board, Greek Community Standards Board, 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 2.50 at the University of Puget Sound.
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at the University of Puget Sound.
  • Be able to participate in fall and spring training sessions as well as occasional in-service trainings.
  • Be able to serve on Peer Board for the entire academic year.
  • Not also serve as a student leader in Residence Life or as a student employee in Security Services.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled hearings and trainings.
  • Be in good standing with the university.


  • Peer Board members participate in four to six hearings per semester, which equates to a time commitment of about 3-5 hours per month.
  • Continued training sessions will be offered throughout the academic year.

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

  • Respectful: Confident in expressing ideas and opinions while maintaining high standards of courtesy and civility.
  • Effective Communicator: Communicates clearly and effectively. An active and empathetic listener who also has a keen awareness of verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Confidential: Has a strong ethical understanding that all people coming before a Hearing Board are entitled to privacy and confidentiality. 
  • Problem Solver: Makes decisions objectively after thoughtful consideration. Strives for fairness and integrity at all times during the decision making process.
  • Flexible: Willing to reconsider viewpoints given new and significant information. Able to take on different roles within the group, as needed.  
  • Leadership: Can direct and motivate others. Encourages participation of all and earns respect through collaborative and respectful behavior.
  • Passionate: Has a sincere interest in working with other students and is inquisitive about issues related to social justice, restorative justice, and student development.
  • Mature: Exhibits sound judgment and is reliable, responsible, and hardworking.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50

How to get involved with Hearing Boards:

Contact Jessica Pense, Director of Student Conduct, via email at jpense@pugetsound.edu for more information.