Functional Area: Student Conduct
Alternate names: Judicial Affairs, Accountability, Conflict Resolution etc.
Titles of positions in the department:
- Assistant Director
- Program Coordinator*
- Hearing Officer
Entry level job titles: (Indicate with an *)
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:
- Challenge students to take ownership of their actions, regardless of success or failure, prioritizing integrity and civility.
- 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.
- Assist students in navigating difficult situations, focused on normalizing conflict
Competencies and job functions:
- Ability to become proficient in and utilize student conduct software program to manage the adjudication of cases.
- Knowledge of laws, federal guidelines and regulations promulgated from the federal government, Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights.
- Understanding of the difference between public and private education and student conduct
- Knowledge of alternative resolutions and restorative justice options.
- Knowledge of student development theory, program development, management, and evaluation.
- Understanding of college policies, student conduct processes, and related legal considerations in student affairs.
- Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive student body, faculty, staff, and other constituents.
- Demonstrated comfort in public speaking and presenting; excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, administration, staff, parents and alumni.
- Ability to solve problems independently;.
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 https://www.theasca.org/
CAI- The International Center for Academic Integrity https://www.academicintegrity.org/
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.