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Leadership

Community Accountability Officers 

Introduction
A goal of Community Accountability is to respectfully challenge students to consider how they make decisions in order to support the learning and development goals of a Belmont education. Consequently, your service as a student accountability officer helps shape and support the transformational work of our community. It also allows you to develop your analytical, writing, confrontation, and communication skills. Specifically, the responsibilities of a student accountability officer include:
- Adjudication: Develop the ability to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information, ask questions to solicit that information, and reach decisions based on objective community standards rather than personal bias.
- Sanctioning: Assume stewardship of Belmont's Community Commitments by holding peers accountable to the membership expectations of our community.
- Development: Respectfully challenge peers by helping them consider how they make decisions and demonstrating additional tools they may use when evaluating their choices
-  Integrity: Honor the principles of peer accountability, confidentiality, fairness, respect, and Belmont’s stated mission to exhibit Christian values.
- Reflection: Advise Dean of Students regarding issues that arise during the student accountability process.

Selection & Training
Student Accountability Officers serve on the Community Accountability Council and Honor Court. Positions are limited to 15 accountability officers and 4 alternates. Rising Sophomores and above may apply. A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required, and all applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing.

Once selected, Student Accountability Officers will participate in a substantial group training, which may require returning to campus prior to the start of classes in addition to online assignments throughout the summer. Once school resumes, monthly individual training is required lasting approximately 30 minutes per session.

Time Commitment
The weekly time commitment will usually be no more than 5 hours, which includes preparing for inquires, participating in inquiries, and documenting conclusions. You will be expected to keep a set inquiry schedule that will be based around your class schedule and prioritize inquiry participation over other commitments such as work, internships, organizational activities, etc. Most students will average one inquiry per week as inquiries are held on an as-needed basis.