During Robert E. Lee's tenure as president of Washington College, he was asked to explain his rules. "We have but one rule here, and it is that every student be a gentleman," he replied.
The Student Judicial Council (SJC) was created by authority of the faculty of Washington and Lee to promote Robert E. Lee's notion of individual responsibility. The SJC investigates and acts upon complaints of alleged student misconduct, except for dishonorable acts that involve the general categories of lying, cheating, stealing or other breaches of trust (which are under the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee), or acts that involve hazing, discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct by students (which are under the jurisdiction of the Student-Faculty Hearing Board.) The SJC's jurisdiction extends to all conduct committed while a member of the Washington and Lee community, including but not limited to study abroad programs, pre-orientation, pre-season athletic practices, campus summer programs and camps and summer research programs. Students who return to Lexington or Rockbridge County for the purpose of enrolling in classes, even if they do not reside in University housing, are under the jurisdiction of the SJC as well as the other University judicial systems. The SJC is designed to affirm the student's obligation to individual responsibility and to see that obligation fulfilled.
The SJC believes that Lee's ideal of honorable behavior is a standard that must be upheld. Students are bound to this standard just as they are bound to the Honor System. Any person who believes a student has deviated from this standard has the right to have the complaint reviewed by the SJC. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to, the following:
NOTE: Voluntary intoxication shall not excuse any misconduct. Intoxication means impairment by alcohol or other substances. Addiction shall not excuse possessing with intent to distribute or distributing any drug.