Judicial Branch

What is the Judicial Branch?

The Judicial Branch is made up of the Student Organization Conduct Oversight Committee (SOCOC) and the University Court.

The Student Organization Conduct Oversight Committee investigates the charges against an organization.

The University Court hosts hearings to determine if the organization is responsible for the actions against them. The University Court also interprets SSA's governing documents and resolves disagreements involving them.

Judicial Branch Representatives

Who comprises the Judicial Branch? See the listing of who sits on University Court and the Student Organization Code of Conduct Committee.

Judicial Branch Components

The Student Organization Conduct Oversight Committee (SOCOC)

The SOCOC is a group of people that investigate the complaint against an organization.
The SOCOC finds information about the complaints.


Duties of the Student Organization Conduct Oversight Committee

Duties of SOCOC Members:

A. To be knowledgeable of University policies and procedures, judicial policies and procedures, as well as standards of behavior/operations for recognized Student Organizations.

B. To be objective.

C. To maintain membership eligibility throughout their term.

D. To represent the interests of all students, not individual organizations.

E. To review complaints brought forth to determine if there is sufficient evidence indicating that the individual or organization has violated the Organization Code of Conduct.

F. To remove themselves in a particular case if they have a bias or direct involvement in the case, or are members of the organization under charges.

G. To attend all delegated hearings.

H. To keep confidential all proceedings, discussions and votes.

University Court

The University Court is one part of the  Judicial Branch of Stout Student Association. After the SOCOC investigates the charges against an organization (org), the University Court then hosts a hearing to determine the level of organization responsibility. The University Court also resolves disputes involving SSA's governing documents.


Duties of Justices

Duties of University Court Justices:

A. To be knowledgeable of University policies and procedures, judicial policies and procedures as well as standards of behavior/operations for recognized Student Organizations. We will provide you with this information.

B. To be objective.

C. Maintain membership eligibility throughout their term.

D. To represent the interests of all students, not individual organizations.

E. To review the legislation and functions of the Legislative and Executive Branches of SSA as a check and balance.

F. To preside over hearings for cases brought forward.

G. To read complaints and familiarize themselves with the cases prior to the hearings.

H. To remove themselves in any case if they have bias or direct involvement in the case, or are members of the Organization under charges.

I. To attend all hearings unless recused or excused.

J. To keep confidential all proceedings, discussions and votes.

K. Determine appropriate sanctions as deemed necessary.