Director, Student Conduct and Community Standards - 22693BR
Director, Student Conduct and Community Standards
Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards provides leadership for the administration of non-academic misconduct systems for individual and organizational accountability. The primary focus of student conduct at the University of Kansas is educational rather than punitive. The guiding principle is to hold students accountable for behavior which violates the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities while preserving students’ rights and helping develop their decision-making abilities. SCCS employs a spectrum of resolution options to create inclusive and equitable conflict management experiences for students and student organizations. As a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, this position requires an eagerness to work with campus partners and an ability to effectively interact with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to create a vibrant learning environment while addressing violations of university policy.
Student Affairs coordinates and develops student support services and programs and serves as an advocate for student needs across the university community that contribute to overall academic success. Student Affairs extends beyond the classroom. Our mission is to engage the KU community in services and programs that make learning possible.
- Directs the overall operation of non-academic student conduct, which includes decision making involving serious cases of alleged student misconduct and/or sexual misconduct cases that may result in a student’s suspension or expulsion.
- Ensures compliance with federal laws including Title IX, the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, and Clery Act among others.
- Supervises professional staff (currently two to three) and graduate assistants (currently one to two).
- Manages budget for the Student Conduct and Community Standards office.
- Serves as a hearing officer for alleged violations of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
- Serves as the lead investigator and hearing officer for alleged violations of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities involving student organizations.
- Develops, implements, and monitors appropriate educational sanctions in conjunction with KU Student Housing, Health Education Resource Office (HERO), Sorority and Fraternity Life, Recreation Services, and other campus partners.
- Assists with compliance requirements involving student conduct, including Clery reporting and parental notification regarding alcohol and drug violations.
- Provides counsel for policy development pertaining to student rights and responsibilities.
- Assists with the development of prevention education programs and outreach efforts encouraging appropriate behavior as well as through enforcement of programs that respond to violations of behavioral standards.
- Provides support, education, and training to residence life staff in managing the non-academic conduct process, including extensive training before each semester, ongoing case management, and updates throughout the academic year.
- Maintains records and files of disciplinary cases in keeping with applicable University policies and state/federal laws.
- Conducts regular follow-up with students found responsible for violations who have not completed assigned sanctions. Oversees the management of administrative holds for overdue sanctions, when appropriate.
- Inputs, maintains, and updates information regarding cases and inquiries in respective databases.
- Serves as the campus administrator for Maxient database. Coordinates Maxient usage within Student Conduct and Community Standards and by other departments.
- Verifies student discipline records for internal and external officials (other colleges and universities, law schools, state bar associations, medical schools, hospitals, U.S. government, etc.).
- Consults with General Counsel and the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX as appropriate.
- Serves on Student Care Referral Team, Campus Engagement (Protest Response) Team, and Clery Compliance Committee. Possibly serve on the KU on Call team.
- Develops and implements methods to evaluate the effectiveness and success of the student conduct system and SCCS programs.
- Assists in conducting research activities, in collaboration with other University offices, to gather information useful in designing and planning educational options for students.
- Recruits and trains a standing group of students, faculty, and staff who participate in the conduct process through the Student Conduct Hearing Board, Sexual Violence Hearing Board, and Investigation Team
- In collaboration with KU Student Housing, Sorority and Fraternity Life, and the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, provides educational programming with the organized student living groups to ensure students are educated regarding appropriate choices and University policy, including hazing, alcohol and drugs, sexual violence, event planning, and other risk management issues.
- Uses the assessment of alcohol violations to partner with other University offices and programs to help design intentional educational interventions surrounding alcohol.
- Serves as a resource and provides consultation to University departments, advisors, and student organizations regarding the student conduct system, alcohol and drug education, and student legal services.
- Advises the Student Senate Student Rights Committee.
- Assists in biennial review and revision of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
- Develops and maintains relationships with various constituents outside the university community (i.e., city police, sheriff, prosecutor’s office) on matters relating to student conduct and the goals of Student Affairs.
- Provides leadership for the hazing prevention efforts.
- Provides support for and represents the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at University events, as needed.
- Serves on University-wide and Student Affairs committees and task forces, as needed.
- Available to work nights and weekends as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in higher education, college student personnel, educational leadership, counseling, or related fields or juris doctorate degree.
- Minimum of five years full time professional work experience, including supervision of staff (graduate and/or professional) and budget management experience.
- Five years of progressive leadership responsibility and supervisory experience.
- Minimum of three years full-time experience with higher education student conduct processes, including at least two years adjudicating student organization conduct cases and two years investigating and/or adjudicating Title IX related cases.
- Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive learning environments and serving diverse populations of college students as outlined in application materials.
- Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.
- Experience in managing confidential and sensitive information. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex situations as outlined in application materials and interview process.
- Experience with alternative conflict resolution processes including, conflict coaching, mediation, and/or restorative justice.
- Familiar with motivational interviewing and brief intervention techniques.
- Familiar with referral processes and typical campus resources. Experience providing consultation to university faculty, staff, and administration.
- Experience with the student conduct database program (Maxient or similar product).
- Membership in Association for Student Conduct Administration and previous attendance at Gehring Academy.
- Demonstrated understanding of residential life, community programming, leadership development, conflict resolution, and legal issues in higher education.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and other members of the community.
- Proven ability to assist students in unbiased reflection on behavior, ethical decision making, values, and community membership.
- Commitment to professional development and professional associations as evidenced by memberships and/or presentations.
Additional Candidate Instructions
- A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
- Contact information for three professional references.
- Supplemental statement addressing the following question: How would you design student conduct and community standards programs that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the university? (500 word maximum)
Deadline for applications is Sunday, August 21, 2022.