SAALOG Stories - Office of Student Conduct

Anna Bieganowska 

University Student Judiciary, Presiding Officer

Learning Domain: Civic & Social Responsibility

The process that the University Student Judiciary (USJ) provides for students facing disciplinary sanctions is something that I am passionate about and serves as an outlet for my strong sense of justice. Whereas other clubs and internships only give a glimpse of how to interact with real people violating the law, USJ places students like me at the front lines of contributing to fairness and student growth in the disciplinary process. I do not think I will never forget the stark difference between hearing about legal cases in the news compared to sitting across from someone and hearing their narrative of potential misconduct firsthand. This organization fosters an environment where I am constantly challenged to re-evaluate my personal ethics. I carry this moral compass, defined not by my parents or ever-changing social norms but my own tested values learned from each disciplinary hearing I adjudicate, wherever I go. Having the privilege to serve not only as a board member but as a Presiding Officer (PO) was an incredible learning experience for me and humbled me greatly. The leadership role of facilitating hearings and writing the end reports continues to challenge my abilities, helping me grow in competitive soft skills such oral and written communication, ability to diffuse conflict, thorough analytical thinking, and self-confidence. As I prepare to graduate, one of my few regrets was not being able to serve longer as a PO for USJ, for I still have much to learn. Experience as a USJ board member is something that cannot be learned in the classroom or through debate team, but from having the responsibility of affecting the life of a real person through your decisions. Most important to me, however, is that University Student Judiciary rekindled my passion for justice and my commitment to giving every individual a voice. No matter what side of the hearing table or courtroom they sit on.

Rishi Banerjee 

University Student Judiciary, Presiding Officer

Learning Domain: Cognitive Skills

I never expected being a part of the University Student Judiciary (USJ), in the Office of Student Conduct, to be such a meaningful part of my college career. I started in USJ as a member of the Honor Council which discusses suspected cases of academic dishonesty. These cases include three undergraduate students, two faculty members, and a Presiding Officer. At first, I was unsure of how much of an impact I really could have on a hearing. But, each hearing helped strengthen my skills in formulating difficult and detailed questions from limited information to help improve the knowledge of the case for every party in the room. This role challenged my critical thinking abilities greatly and made me crave a larger opportunity in the USJ. I then took on a leadership role as a Presiding Officer (PO), where I led the cases that came to the Office of Student Conduct and required further discussion. One of my most important tasks as a PO has been being the primary lead to questions asked. I have been required to improve my memorization skills to ensure that I understand the various Codes implemented on campus and that students are treated fairly. Additionally, I have improved my communication skills in order to properly communicate with each unique party in a hearing. After college, I will be working as a Technology Consultant with Ernst & Young. In this role, I will often have to make decisions on-the-fly and be challenged by others. I gained valuable experience as a member of the USJ and look forward to implementing those same skills in the workplace.

 

Marilyn Kiriyanthan 

Student Assistant

Learning Domain: Technical Skills

My experience as a Student Assistant in the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) has allowed me to build my confidence in providing quality customer-service and maintaining a professional attitude in the workplace. My responsibilities as a student assistant includes welcoming students and personnel, answering questions related to the student conduct process, and completing various administrative tasks that assist in the day-to-day operations of the office. Through these tasks, I have not only been able to improve my communication and active listening skills, but also my problem-solving skills which I developed while answering visitor questions and concerns. Although it wasn’t always easy, I have learned how to think on my feet and make confident decisions on my own thanks to the help of our staff. These skills will greatly help me as I prepare for being in the workforce after graduation this spring. My favorite part of being a Student Assistant is working with the wonderful staff at OSC, who have encouraged and taught me how to conduct myself during tough situations when I might have otherwise been confused or overwhelmed. I encourage anyone looking to work in a friendly and interesting environment to apply as a Student Assistant. I couldn’t have been happier with my decision to do so!