UJC analyzes its own demographic data

University Judiciary Committee’s demographics parallel U.Va.'s overall makeup

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The committee found that it is very similar in demographics to the University.

Courtesy University Judiciary Committee

The University Judiciary Committee met Sunday night to discuss the results of its internal diversity survey and compare its findings to the University’s overall demographic makeup.

The committee found that it is very similar in demographics to the University, something UJC Chair and Law student Peter Bautz said is a good sign for representation. Data presented at the meeting showed UJC is 68 percent white, 12 percent Asian, nine percent black, seven percent Hispanic, two percent Middle Eastern and one percent Native American. 

“We can see that we’re pretty close to the University’s population on race,” Bautz said. “We’re not wildly over-representing any groups.”

The results also parallel the University’s gender division. Where the University is 46 percent male and 54 percent female, the UJC’ membership is 47 percent male, 52 percent female and one percent non-binary.

“We’re actually very close on our gender ratios, almost identical to the University ratio,” Bautz said. 

The committee found that its makeup was dominated by the College of Arts and Sciences, but has representatives from every college at the University. The graduate schools are underrepresented, however. 

“Our total number of graduate students on the committee is actually lower than the number of graduates at the University,” Bautz said. 

The UJC is only 17 percent graduate students, while the University is 32 percent graduate students in all. 

The UJC includes more out-of-state students, with 41 percent of members coming from outside Virginia, while the University’s student body is 27 percent out-of-state students. International student membership is below the University number, with the committee being only two percent international in comparison to five percent of the University’s student body being international.

The Committee will be updating its online case reporting system to better track demographics of students with UJC charges so the committee can study case bias.

“[Students being charged is] not something we control but would be interesting as to how we interact with students,” Bautz said.

The committee’s general body will meet again in two weeks.

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