Judicial Affairs: About Us

Mission Statement

Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises' Office of Judicial Affairs is dedicated to supporting the mission and priorities of the University of California, Santa Barbara by seeking to provide a student-centered experience when upholding community standards and university policies. The Office of Judicial Affairs aims to empower students in the following ways:

  • Increase student awareness on rights and responsibilities with regard to UCSB Campus Regulations
  • Engage in conversations about personal responsibility and development, community, and how individual decisions affect these objectives
  • Adjudicate violations of policy in a fair and consistent manner, treating each student with dignity and respect

The Purpose of Judicial Affairs

UCSB has both the right and an obligation to set reasonable standards of conduct for students who voluntarily choose to become members of the university community.
The university assumes a right, and accepts the responsibility to establish a system of judicial and disciplinary procedures for use when community members violate university policy. In turn, the university recognizes the need to ensure that community members have the right to fair and equitable procedures when charged with a violation of university policy.  

How We Differ from the Legal Court System

Criminal courts most often seek to punish or deter unlawful behavior. Conduct meetings at UCSB intend to be educational and impress responsibility upon individuals or, in the most severe cases, remove those who should not remain in the community.  

Judicial Affairs Staff

The Judicial Affairs staff is responsible for the administration of the residential judicial processes at UCSB and advise the live-in professional staff on all disciplinary issues that occur within University Housing. Additionally the Judicial Affairs team is responsible for the training and selection of Hearing Officers and the Peer Review Board and is instrumental in the Restorative Justice program.