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The Grievance, Appeals and Judicial Committee, colloquially known as the JAG Committee and originally known as the Grievance Committee, is a committee of the Shimer College Assembly.

DescriptionEdit

The description of the JAG Committee in the 2008 Constitution is as follows:

6.) Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee: The Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee shall hear and make judgments about non-academic matters that are not handled through other regular channels of the College. It has a three-fold purpose: (1) the resolution of disputes between members of the Shimer College community, in particular those involving due process; (2) rendering judgments concerning cases (against students) brought to the attention of the committee by the Dean of Students, and (3) the handling of appeals concerning non-academic decisions of the College, excepting those made by the Assembly.

The Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee is required to meet whenever a matter is brought to its attention. Any Grievance and Appeals matter may be brought to the Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee if the request and a statement of the issue are submitted in writing to the chairperson of the committee. If the committee deems that a matter is beyond its scope of authority, it shall forward the matter to a more appropriate forum. The Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee shall act in accordance with the by-laws established in consultation with legal counsel.

The Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee is the body of last recourse for all matters that cannot be appealed by any other means. The Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee is charged with the formation of Hearing Panels as the bodies of last recourse for all matters that cannot be resolved by other means. These Hearing Panels, as well as the Appeals process, shall be constituted in a manner prescribed in the by-laws of the Committee. The Grievances, Appeals, and Judicial Committee shall consist of seven members, of whom at least two must be members of the Faculty, at least two students, and at least two administrators. Each member must have been at Shimer College at least one year, and each student elected must be in good social standing. All of these shall be elected early in the Fall term. The Ombudsperson is a non- voting member.

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