Over-Reliance on the Student Conduct Hearing: A Call for Alternative Conflict Resolutions in Practice

Commission for Student Conduct & Legal Issues
Allow me to preface this entry by stating that there are certainly instances and behaviors where formalized student conduct processes and hearings are both appropriate and necessary. However, there are times in our practice when we receive notice of an incident or behavior that does not explicitly constitute a policy violation (or represents complicity with a policy violation), but still presents...

My Favorite Student Conduct Story

Commission for Student Conduct & Legal Issues
by Alan Acosta Associate Dean of Students, Florida State University Vice Chair for Education, Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues During one summer semester I served as the Residence Coordinator for a residence hall housing the six week Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE, our campus’s TRIO program) Summer Bridge Program. The goal of the program is to help 1st...

Selecting and Training Conduct Board Members

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Jennifer McCary, Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues Directorate Body member March 6, 2015 Most colleges and universities are striving to maintain an environment that provides for the development of young adults as a whole person. For several institutions this means building critical thinkers who display integrity, mutual respect, and civility. We expect students to conduct themselves...

Changing the Narrative: How do we tell our story?

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Early in my career I was surprised when colleagues and friends would say to me “I would hate to have your job” or “It must be awful having students fear interacting with you” or “Why would you want that job?” I’ve grown to understand that they only see the challenging aspects of our work. Yes, at times we have to make very difficult decisions that impact students’ lives – and not always in a...

The CSCLI Blog ARCHIVE

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All posts below were published prior to March 2015. Please see our general blog page for current postings. Creative Sanctioning: Challenging Student Conduct Officers to Move Past the Prescribed Minimum Guidelines As a conduct officer, many of us find ourselves with a wide variety of cases ranging in level of severity. With each incident, we often find ourselves asking similar questions. Will this...