Frequently Asked Questions


College Judicial Consultants (CJC) is former chief judicial officers and other student life personnel who are dedicated to preparing students for participation in their schools’ judicial processes. We were founded by Dave Kennedy, former Chief Judicial Officer at MIT, who was concerned about the lack of sufficient and affordable support options for students. CJC was created to help students understand and articulate their situations within the rules and parameters of their university judicial system, and maximize their chance for obtaining the best possible results.
 
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We are a consulting company for students who are going through their campus judicial process and want the best chance possible to obtain the best result possible. We are especially useful for those students who are sometimes falsely accused or accused of violations that might result in suspension or expulsion. If you are unsure whether you need our services, please fill out the intake form and we will be in touch to help determine if our assistance is worth the cost, and what services, if any, we feel could help. Client satisfaction is more important to us than taking money from people who will not benefit from our services.
 
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Of course! While we believe that we are the most effective when we can assist you through all stages of the judicial process, we offer a variety of services to help during each stage. Contact us on the emergency email Emergency@CollegeJudicialConsultants.com and check out our page for our services.
 
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Cases involving student organizations are significantly more complicated than those involving an individual.  Because of the additional complexities that come with working with groups (e.g. multiple interviews, outside organization interference, different judicial processes involved, etc.) we set the price for each case based on the situation considering things like the seriousness of the charges, what other entities are involved (e.g. a fraternity's National office), the judicial history of the organization, alumni involvement, and other factors which increase the complexity and the time that our consultants will spend with the organization.  That being said, our price will generally fall between 3 and 5 times that of a consultation with an individual (i.e. $1,500 to $2,500.)  Once the issues have been discussed and a price has been agreed upon, there will be no additional charges for the work done on the case (assuming the organization does not wish to have a consultant appear in person.)  An invoice for the services will be sent through PayPal and payment is expected before the consultation begins, as is the case with individual consultations.

Absolutely! Having a complaint against another student can be even more sensitive and complicated as having a complaint taken out against you. We have been actively involved in helping students deal with all types of violence and we have extensive experience with student-on-student cases. We can help you organize your thoughts and present them in a way that will tell the full story and be best understood by your judicial office and hearing boards.
 
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Our goal is to help as many people from as many different schools as possible while keeping our costs affordable. The only way to do this is to minimize travel and maximize our client base. While we do offer in-person services at additional charges, we believe we can provide maximum service to our clients without adding the additional financial burden of traveling for face-to-face meetings. In addition we offer optional Skype, FaceTime, and other chat services, which help mitigate the detachment of using a remote service.
 
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While there are many similarities in school disciplinary systems, each system also has its unique features, each case has its own unique factors, and each student story has distinct reasons for their actions and personal histories. We specialize in helping students identify the factors that separate their stories from others and in placing their actions in the most favorable light possible. That being said, we rely on the information provided by our clients and are only as useful as they allow us to be. While we offer what our experience, education, and expertise tells us is the best advice possible, we cannot guarantee a specific outcome. We coach, counsel, and advise in order to make our client the best self-advocate he or she can be, but we cannot advocate directly on their behalf.
 
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Maybe. In our experience and by design, the judicial process is intentionally distinct from the legal process, and does not adhere to most of the procedures in criminal or civil court. This means that the work a lawyer traditionally does is often irrelevant to the judicial process and, at times, actually harmful to a student because of the adversarial relationship it may create with the judicial office. In addition, obtaining the services of an attorney can be more than ten times the cost of using our services-with no added value, and potentially to your detriment. We believe that our services, because they relate to judicial hearings, will serve you better at a fraction of the cost.

That being said there are some types of cases for which having an attorney is necessary, because the misconduct alleged is also going to be heard in criminal or civil court. In those cases (or others when one would typically engage legal representation outside of the school setting) we can work with your attorney to help you with your campus judicial process in a way that is consistent with their legal strategy. Our staff includes former practicing attorneys who understand the criminal and civil process as well as campus judicial systems. We may even be able to refer you to attorneys in your area who have experience working with students at no additional cost.
 
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We do not believe so. A campus judicial office’s primary responsibility is to the college and that school’s systems. While its officers are dedicated professionals who may care deeply about you, they will not help you articulate your situation or correct any mistakes you might be making because it could compromise those systems. While there are some types of violations for which that conflict may not interfere with their ability to assist you, for the more serious cases it will definitely be an issue. We have been involved with thousands of judicial incidents and have more experience and education in these areas than most practitioners, and our only obligation is to you, our client. We believe that a reflected-upon, honest, and strong participant supports the judicial system by allowing a more appropriate educational response.
 
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No. Some schools may require that you list all the people whom you went to for support, but this is very rare and highly unlikely. Since the case you present will be your own, using our service does not violate academic integrity or other policies. If you are told otherwise, you are encouraged to contact us immediately so we can investigate and advise you properly.
 
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We have a database of every school in America, and our consultants can quickly familiarize themselves with each school’s individual process and tailor their advice to you and your school. Our consultants have extensive experience with university discipline systems, have been actively involved in local and national professional organizations on these subjects, and have the experience and education to quickly assess each system to serve you.
 
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Most schools, while they have slightly different systems, try to avoid using legal terms when describing their system.  We use terms like "complainant," "respondent," "complaint," "hearing," "responsible," and "sanction" because those are the ones most commonly used.  

A complainant is the person who brings a case against a student in a college judicial system. This could be another student, a faculty member, an administrator, a student staff member, a member of the campus police force, or, in some cases, anyone from the outside community. Even though school shy away from using terms you'd find in court proceedings, you can think of this person as the plaintif, prosecutor, accusor, blamer, or whatever other term makes sense. We can help people who want to bring a complaint against a student understand the system, choose the right policies, and create the strongest case they can. Check out our section for complaints for more information.

A respondent is the most commonly used name for students accused of wrongdoing in a college judical system.  A respondent is the campus judicial equivalent of a defendant.  At the end of a hearing a respondent is found either "responsible" for the policy violation or "not responsible" with a much lower standard applied than in almost any other adjudicatory system. If a student is found "responsible" then they are "sanctioned" with anything from a letter to their file to expulsion with limitless "educational" options in between.  Almost all schools avoid using terms like "guilty," "punishment," or "sentence" in their systems to avoid drawing parallels to other systems. Visit our section for respondents for more information.  

Our job is to help you present the case in a way that provides you the best chance for the best result possible. We cannot undo a bad action, but we can help you avoid the mistakes that often hurt students during the process and at the hearing. We help you understand your motivations, what your action means in light of university culture and policy, how you can avoid making similar mistakes in the future, and how you can best express yourself to whatever judicial board will hear the case. The case you present will be your own, but we will help you by preparing you for each stage of your process, reviewing the materials for content to ensure you are communicating what you mean to say in the way you mean to say it, and familiarize you with the hearing process to calm your nerves before the hearing.
 
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As much as you want us to. We do not make it a practice to contact anyone other than the client, but the client may wish for us to act as an intermediary between various people and themselves. In other words, if a client wishes for us to talk to his or her parents about what is happening, we will be happy to keep them updated and answer any questions they may have. Regardless of who is paying for the services, our obligation remains to the client only. Since our effectiveness relies partially on the openness of our clients we cannot engage in any activity or communication that might interfere with that openness. For that reason we leave it up to the client to tell us to whom we should talk and how much we should say. Unless we have strong reason to believe that the client is in imminent danger of hurting him/herself or others, this is the policy we will follow.
 
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While we encourage our clients to avail themselves of all the support they can find, the decision about whom to involve and to what extent we reveal information remains with our clients. Since our effectiveness relies partially on the openness of our clients we cannot engage in any activity or communication that might interfere with that openness. We understand that the parent or other third party may be paying for our services, but our obligation is to the client. Unless we have strong reason to believe that the client is in imminent danger of hurting him/herself or others, this is the policy we will follow.
 
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Absolutely not. As former chief judicial officers we understand how important it is that the process allows your board to obtain the most honest information possible. We also know that the requirements of the position mean that while you offer support to the student and connect him or her to your appropriate campus resources, your primary obligation is to your institution and that there are certain things you cannot and should not discuss with students. We use motivational interviewing and other techniques to encourage students to maximize their self-reflection and thus be able to respond with complete and relevant information. We specialize in those cases for which engaging an attorney would be excessive or when we can assist a student and his/her attorney in addressing the legal aspect of the consequences for her actions without hurting her in this one. Please refer to our section for judicial officers (LINK) to learn more about what we do and what we can offer you.
 
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No. Since we do not generate content for a student, the words they use are their own. While we believe that our involvement is good for the process, we will not risk our assistance negatively impacting our clients. Think of us as you would an admissions counselor—we help students identify and bring forth those aspects of themselves and the details that are most relevant to the process. If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact us at info@CollegeJudicialConsultants.com.
 
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A street team is a group of students from a particular school who try to get the word out about us on his or her campus through whatever means he or she feels will be effective. In return we will give that street team member 10% of the price of services retained, and we will offer merchandise and bonuses throughout the year once. We know that our services help students, but having worked on college campuses for over 10 years we also know that students are bombarded by emails and marketing at every turn. We do not want someone who could benefit from our services to miss the opportunity. Please see our Street Team page (LINK) for more information.
 
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We expect that you will promote us on your campus indirectly using university-approved means, guerilla marketing, directly speaking with people, and reaching out to people who engage in high-risk behavior. Since this is a commission-based position, the more you do, the more money you can make.
 
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Go to the street team portion of our website or simply contact streetteam@CollegeJudicialConsultants.com and someone will get back to you.
 
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When we are paid for our services by someone you refer, we will send you a check for 10% of the services they use up to $50 per client, with greater earning potential by signing up groups of students for the various package deals or multiple-year packages.
 
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Absolutely! We are currently developing a package for Student Governments looking to increase their student advocacy, but we encourage any group that believes they will need services to contact us about packages for multiple-cases and/or multiple years.

Some colleges offer "Student Legal Services" that is essentially an attorney who has been retained to help students with minor legal matters. To our knowledge, none of these services include helping students with the campus judicial process or with complaints against another student. These services are meant for issues like landlord disputes, contract questions, etc. While they are useful for what they are, they do not apply to these cases.