About Us

Our Mission


The Office of Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services strives to promote a learning environment that is safe, positive, and in which the rights of all members of the campus community are respected. Supporting the larger mission of both Middle Tennessee State University and the Division of Student Affairs, we seek to promote student learning, growth, and development by increasing awareness of the University's expectations of behavior, holding students accountable for violations of these expectations, and developing educational sanctions designed to help students learn from their mistakes. We strive to help students at MTSU see both the immediate consequences and the long-term consequences of their behavior. The Office of Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services serves as a resource for all members of the university community.

Judicial Affairs and Mediation Staff


Laura Sosh-Lightsy         Laura Sosh-Lightsy, Assistant Dean
B.A, English Literature, Western Kentucky University
M.A., Education, Student Affairs, Western Kentucky University

I joined the MTSU family in June 2004. Prior to coming to MTSU, I worked at Texas A & M University and Western Kentucky University. I have over 8 years experience working with students, primarily in the disciplinary system. I enjoy my work because it is ever-changing, and I have had the opportunity to help many students focus on their priorities and successfully graduate from college. I think it is very important for students to understand and value honesty and integrity, and for each student to recognize their responsibility to the community in which they live.

Amanda Samsel

Amanda Newman Samsel, Coordinator
B.S, Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University
M.A., Higher Education Administration, Middle Tennessee State University

I bleed blue and have been a MTSU Blue Raider since 2000. I obtained my undergraduate and graduate degree from MTSU and was hired as the Coordinator for Judicial Affairs in October of 2006. Prior to this postion I worked as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Organizations & Community Service. I am passionate about being student centered in my job and want to challenge students to be the best student they can possibly be. Each day I strive to make decisions that will benefit our students and community. I love my job and hope to see our students succeed in all that they do!

Lisa Simons

Lisa Simons, Secretary

I joined MTSU in November 2007 and worked as secretary for the Student Government Association. In April 2010 I became secretary for Judicial Affairs & Mediation Services.

MTSU is the perfect place for me to work because I am a mother of 3 children and have always loved being around children of all ages. When working in the Student Government Association, the students always referred to me as their "other mother." In Judicial Affairs & Mediations Services I feel that my love for children helps me make students feel at ease when they come to our office for judicial meetings.

Working at MTSU is very rewarding opportunity for me, and I love working at such a great university!

Please contact us for more information.

Traffic Citation Appeals

Student traffic citation appeals are heard by the Court of Traffic Appeals. Please visit the Student Government Association web site for full information.

Appeals may be made by visiting the SGA website.


What is mediation?

Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party (mediator) facilitates the discussion and identification of issues between the disputants, the development of alternate solutions, and the negotiation of a mutually satisfying outcome to the dispute.

"Training Peer Mediators in the College and University Setting: A Trainer's Guide" by Rick Olshak