Functional Area: Student Conduct

Alternate names:  Judicial Affairs, Accountability, Conflict Resolution etc. 

Titles of positions in the department:  

  1. Director  
  2. Assistant Director 
  3. Program Coordinator*
  4. Hearing Officer

Entry level job titles: (Indicate with an *) 

Primary Functions:  

A student conduct office’s primary function is to insure that a university’s community standards are maintained and upheld. Some conduct offices are stand alone departments, some conduct offices may also be responsible for new student orientation and/or parents programs. A conduct office may adjudicate allegations of violations of the college’s community standards with the goals to:

  1. Challenge students to take ownership of their actions, regardless of success or failure, prioritizing integrity and civility. 
  2. Provide opportunities for students to reflect on the impact their actions have on themselves and those around them with the goal of continuous self-improvement. 
  3. Assist students in navigating difficult situations, focused on normalizing conflict

Competencies and job functions: 

  1. Ability to become proficient in and utilize student conduct software program to manage the adjudication of cases.
  2. Knowledge of laws, federal guidelines and regulations promulgated from the federal government, Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights.
  3. Understanding of the difference between public and private education and student conduct
  4. Knowledge of alternative resolutions and restorative justice options.
  5. Knowledge of student development theory, program development, management, and evaluation. 
  6. Understanding of college policies, student conduct processes, and related legal considerations in student affairs. 
  7. Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive student body, faculty, staff, and other constituents.  
  8. Demonstrated comfort in public speaking and presenting; excellent interpersonal and written communication skills. 
  9. Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, administration, staff, parents and alumni.  
  10. Ability to solve problems independently;. 

Organizational Structures:  

Conduct offices are frequently found in a Division of Student Affairs. Some conduct office only handle student behavior other offices will also adjudicate and/or manage academic integrity cases. Depending on the cases and sanctions conduct officers may interact with many administrators.

Degrees /Special skills   

Masters in Higher Education, Student Development, or Conflict Resolution 

Professional Associations Related directly to functional area 

ASCA – Association for Student Conduct Administration

CAI- The International Center for Academic Integrity

Breaking into the field:

Most conduct officers start in residence life hearing low level cases (alcohol, noise and drug use). Some get their start doing an assistantship in graduate school in a conduct office.