Theses and Dissertations


Edward Rice

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Stumpf, D. Arthur

Committee Member

Davis, E. James

Committee Member

Abraham, Jimmy

Committee Member

Wiseman, Marty

Committee Member

Stonecypher, Wayne

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Community College Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Leadership and Foundations


This study classified and compared the judicial procedures that mirrored the criminal justice system with judicial procedures that were less formal and more student-oriented. The judicial procedures of Mississippi’s Community and Junior Colleges are the focus of the study. Each school’s judicial procedure was classified and placed on a continuum based upon its formality. Formality was determined by analyzing the terminology, characteristics and structure of an institution’s judicial procedure. After each school’s judicial procedure was classified, various outcomes (total number of cases adjudicated, total number of appeals filed, number of sanctions overturned by appeal, the rate of recidivism, and lawsuits filed against the institution that were related to a judicial hearing) were studied to determine which type of judicial procedure was most effective in adjudicating students. The results of the study indicated that there was no significant difference between judicial procedures that were highly legalistic and resembled the criminal justice system and those judicial procedures that were less formal and more student development oriented. Furthermore, it was determined that high formality institutions adjudicated more students than both low and medium formality institutions. Finally, it was discovered that a judicial procedure that had a combination of legalistic principles and student development theory would be the most effective method of adjudicating students.