The purpose of the ACPA Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues is to support the professional development of student conduct professionals in higher education in a progressive and visionary way. The Commission offers resources and opportunities, including collaboration, in conduct and legal issue education in an effort to support the development of socially just conflict resolution strategies that effectively resolve individual and group differences.
The current topics in the field are:
The Intersections of Mental Health and Student Conduct
Development of Behavioral Interventions Teams
Title IX understanding and implementation:
- More and more students are coming to college with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health conditions. Sometimes the management of these conditions becomes difficult due to the new environment and behavioral concerns arise. Student conduct officers have to develop strategies to respond to the student behavior in ways that best meet the students’ needs and balance protecting the community and upholding college/university policy.
- One effort to support and serve our at-risk students is the development of behavioral intervention teams. The purpose of these groups is to identify students who may be harmful to themselves or others, and create an intervention to help them be successful at an institution. There are many implications and potential liability concerns for these teams, so the development and implementation of these teams are very complex.
- Title IX is an extraordinarily complex issue with many implications for colleges and universities. Title IX can impact a college and university on all levels and student affairs professionals need to focus on these issues regardless of their position at the institution.
- More and more synthetic drugs are emerging and are becoming available to our college students. State laws differ and these substances sometimes legal. The effect of these drugs can be dangerous, and campus officials need to learn to manage these drugs and their impact on the campus community.