CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia Judiciary Committee (UJC) is revealing how many students faced penalties in the COVID-19 affected fall semester, and what those punishments were.
The UJC revealed just 23 cases were adjudicated during the fall semester, dealing with 61 students. Just 9 of the cases were related to COVID-19 violations, but those incidents involved 43 of the students brought before the committee.
The UJC handed down a range of penalties, including 5 suspensions and 2 expulsions, but both of those were held “in abeyance”: on hold unless the student was reported for a follow-up violation.
The bulk of the punishments handed down were educational in nature: writing essays, giving presentations, or doing community service. Gabby Cox, chair of the UJC executive committee, says those are more in line with the mission of the peer judiciary system.
“We’re meant on educating students rather than being strictly punitive,” Cox explained. “That’s why you see a lot of more reflective pieces, like essays, presentations, sort of getting student or community involvement, with community service. We want students to sort of reflect on how they may be harming the community with their actions.”
Moving ahead to the spring semester, Cox says one thing that the University of Virginia Judiciary Committee is looking into are virtual platforms better equipped to handle highly sensitive data more securely, that would allow the committee to tackle more cases involving it.