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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. 

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.