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Buchen, Walther (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VII, No. 7 (April 1910)

Procedure of the student court,   p. 24

Page 24

Procedure of the Student Court
  Complaints are to be brought before the
court by a student, or students, or by the
dean of the college of which the man ac-
cused is a member. Complaints must be
in writing and must be addressed to the
chairman of the court.
  When a complaint is received by the
chairman of the court he shall call a meet-
ing of the court within a reasonable time
and shall notify the student accused of
misconduct to appear before the court at
such meeting.
  When the accused man shall appear be-
fore the court the chairman shall read to
him the complaint as made, together with
the rules of procedure of the court. He
shall then be asked as to whether he pleads
guilty or not guilty to the offense as
charged. If he pleads guilty he shall be
asked to say whatever he may have to
say in extenuation.   If he pleads not
guilty the court shall proceed in the fol-
lowing manner:
   The chairman of the court shall first
appoint one of the members of the court
to interrogate all witnesses, against or
for the accused, for the court.
   The witnesses against the accused shall
then be called and questioned. Their tes-
timony shall be recorded by a competent
stenographer and read to them for ap-
proval before they are temporarily dis-
   The accused shall then be called and
the testimony against him read to him bv
the stenographer. He may then interro-
gate all witnesses against him if he
wishes to do so. If he desires to have
any witnesses called to testify for him
the court shall call them.
  The witnesses called by the accused
shall be interrogated by the accused first
and then by the member of the court ap-
pointed for the purpose.
  After all witnesses for and against the
accused have been examined the accused
may take the stand in his own behalf.
The appointed member of the court may
interrogate him, but it shall be the priv-
ilege of the accused to refuse to answer
any and all questions that may be asked.
  After the accused has testified in his
own behalf and answered what questions
he may desiie to answer, the court shall
go over the testimony and decide, by
vote, the guilt or innocence of the accused
man. The majority vote shall decide.
  If a man is found guilty, or if a man
plead guilty, the court shall pass sen-
tence -the will of the majority ruling here
also. The usual legal restrictions relative
to suspensions and expulsions shall be ob-
  After sentence has been passed the see-
retarv of the court shall notify the faculty
discipline committee of the finding of the
court, and shall send with the report of
the finding a brief of the testimony in
the case.
  The chairman of the court shall cause
to be published in the official paper of
the University, a report of the complaint
and the finding of the court, but the
names of the men concerned shall not be
   The records of the court shall be kept
by the secretary, and shall at all times
be open to the inspection of any man con-
cerijed in a case that has been decided by
the court.

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