The Associated Students of CSUâ€™s Supreme Court deals with more than issues within student government. It is also involved in the admission process for prospective students who have a criminal record.
Students who have applied to CSU but have a criminal background are subject to a number of appeal processes, which includes a pre-admission hearing with a committee that a Supreme Court justice sits on, to discuss their background and make a case for why they should be admitted.
The court also sees cases through the Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services office when an appeal is made and makes a decision on what the punishment should be for students who have violated the student conduct code.
In an e-mail to the Collegian, Chief Justice Nicholas Yoswa said this is because the university thinks it is important for students to have a voice in the discipline of other students.
â€œWithout the students, the university does not exist. And it is important to have students involved in the disciplinary process so that we have a say in determining what sort of behavior is important,â€ Yoswa said.
In order for the court to hear a case, it must meet certain standards. The complainant had to do everything in his or her power to resolve the matter, a victim and an adversarial party must be present and a question of whether procedure has been breached must exist.
If a case meets these standards, the court can choose to hear the case. After the court decides to hear a case involving student government, it must decide unanimously if it has enough information from the brief provided by the plaintiff and the defendant to come to a verdict, Yoswa said.
The court will hold a hearing if it does not think there is enough information from the briefs to come to a verdict.
The hearings are open to the public unless Conflict Resolution is involved because of confidentiality laws.
The court comes to a decision through the votes of six associate justices â€“â€“ the chief justice only votes to break a tie.
The court releases a verdict to the public when it is released to the parties involved. The case summary is written and posted on the Supreme Court section of the ASCSU website and is available in the ASCSU office.
ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
â€œ… it is important to have students involved … so that we have a say in determining what … is important.â€
– Nicholas Yoswa, Chief Justice