My name is Gabby Cox, and I am the Chair of the University Judiciary Committee (UJC). I am reaching out to you to provide a clear understanding of the philosophy, strategy, and operations of the UJC in response to COVID-19 policy violations.
The UJC seeks to protect and promote the well-being of the community by holding students, as well as student organizations, accountable for their actions. Our COVID-related adjudication and sanctioning will continue this tradition - we hope to educate students about the importance of following public health policies and guidelines. In some cases, however, the UJC will remove students or student groups from the community if their behavior is of sufficient severity or recurrence that it presents an ongoing risk to others. To that end, the UJC will reinforce the existing COVID-19 compliance rubric posted on the Just Report It (JRI) website.
While the UJC exists to hold students accountable at an institutional level, we hope that you will hold one another accountable on an individual level as well. For example, if you notice a fellow student is not wearing a mask, a friend plans to invite more than 15 people to their place of residence, a group of students is not properly distancing, or any other behavior that is not COVID-compliant, ask the involved person(s) to correct the problematic behavior. However, if the problematic behavior is repeated or you observe a violation that is particularly serious, please report it either directly to UJC or the Just Report It website. It is important to note that the level of severity in a reported case will determine if a response is necessary; not all reports will result in follow-up, but they will be tracked by the Office of the Dean of Students.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique challenges it presents to our community, the UJC has adjusted its operating practices to more efficiently and effectively respond to COVID complaints. I encourage you to review the UJC and COVID-19 website to better understand how the Committee will address these complaints and how you can report instances of non-compliance to us. We outline the various possible consequences of non-compliance as well as the Committee’s framework for reviewing and adjudicating these cases. We also provide answers to several FAQs in order to provide better clarity around various behaviors associated with University policy.
I hope you will take the time to visit our website and review this important information. Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unusual and difficult time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Virginia, Class of 2021
Frank Batten School for Leadership & Public Policy
Chair for the University Judiciary Committee
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