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Office of Judicial Affairs Contacts

Room L-123
judicial@bergen.edu

Nestor Melendez; Dean of Student Life & Judicial Affairs
L-123A, Pitkin Education Building, 1st floor

The Dean interprets and administers the College’s Student Code of Conduct.  The Dean initiates cases that are then heard by the judicial hearing board and also serves as the hearing advisor for serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct.  The Dean supervises staff, serves on College committees, and ensures compliance with Federal laws through a complete and thorough knowledge of laws likely to have an effect upon college students. The Dean also serves as a member of the College’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).

Nestor joined Bergen in the fall of 2009 following a career as the Assistant Dean at FDU’s Teaneck campus. Nestor works in a dual role as the Dean of Student Life & Judicial Affairs. He is currently pursuing an ED.D in higher education.

Juhi Bhatt; Coordinator of Judicial Affairs and Student Information/CTE Counselor

A-123E (Individual Office Location), Pitkin Education Building, 1st floor

The Coordinator, reporting to the Dean, administers and implements the Code of Conduct by serving as a hearing officer and working with the Dean to make determinations concerning follow-up actions to be taken of a disciplinary or non-disciplinary nature.  The Coordinator/CTE Counselor recruits and oversees the selection of volunteers to the College Judicial Review Board – as well as supervises the training and development of new members.  The Coordinator/CTE Counselor serves on various College-wide committees, manages special projects for the department, gives presentations, and steps in as Dean of Judicial Affairs in the Dean’s absence. Further responsibilities include compiling materials associated with campus disciplinary proceedings, maintaining accurate case file information, supervising all local, State, and Federal background checks related to behavioral issues. She is currently the Case manager for the College’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).

Juhi first came to Bergen as an intern for her Master’s program in the spring of 2011. She currently works between the Office of Student Life & Judicial Affairs and the Center for Student Success. She is currently pursuing an ED.D in higher education administration.