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National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week: Best Practices for Supporting Students

October 17-21 is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Held each year during the third week of October, the event aims to bring attention to issues posed by excessive drinking among college students. The topic is particularly relevant at this time of year, as most colleges' and universities' calendars are packed with football games, homecoming events, and Halloween, among other celebrations. 

Spotlight Event: 2nd Annual Sexual Misconduct Institute

November 6-9, 2016 in Kansas City, MO
 

 
If you work in student conduct or student affairs, you're likely aware of how serious the sexual assault crisis is on college campuses nationwide. You've heard about the rise in lawsuits from accused students, the unprecedented increase in complaints to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and you hope every day that your campus isn't the next high-profile case on the news like Brock Turner's.

LGBT Pride on Religious Campuses

As cities across the country celebrated this year with parades and festivities, the tragedy in Orlando is a stark reminder of the animosity against LGBT individuals that still exists. While the percentage of average Americans who support LGBT marriage has risen nearly 20 percent in the last 20 years, according to Gallup, between 20 and 25 percent of LGBT people experience hate crimes. Since marriage equality became law, communities, states and institutions alike have further encouraged the diversity and acceptance of LGBT individuals. 

Best Practices: What is an Attorney's Role in the Student Conduct Process?

As professionals working in higher education, we are faced with increasingly complex and difficult student conduct issues. One such complexity is understanding how to navigate when attorneys are (or should be) involved in student conduct cases.

Concealed Carry on Campus: Understanding Policy to Support Safe Practice

  
The question of carrying weapons on campus, whether concealed or in the open, often results in heated debate from both sides of the issue. Gun control laws are increasingly relevant in higher education, as more states find themselves implementing legislation or court rulings that allow students to bring their legal firearms on campus, and in some cases, into classrooms and residence halls.

Should We Invest in Trauma-Informed Practice?

Professionals working in student conduct have heard the term “trauma-informed” with increasing regularity over the last few years. There has been some debate whether trauma-informed is akin to a post-DCL buzz-word or an investigatory and adjudicatory technique that will have lasting influence on our practice. Throughout the course of the next nine months, the Community of Practice on Sexual Misconduct and Title IX (the COP) will be engaging in an ongoing conversation about the application of the trauma-informed practice to the work of student conduct professionals. We intend to share that conversation with the membership in a number of venues during that time. Our goal through this blog post is to provide an initial framework around the conversation, with the hope that you will return throughout the coming months to learn more. Let's start with some basic terminology.

Supporting Inclusive Campuses: The Role of the Student Conduct Professional - Part Two

In the first part of this blog series, we discussed the increased awareness of transgender and non-binary students, as well as some of the issues they might face that could lead to interactions with student conduct professionals. If you haven't had a chance to read that piece, click here. This heightened knowledge about gender identity, expression and sexuality is an incredibly positive step in ensuring safe, inclusive campuses where students are able to be themselves (and focus on their studies!), without fear. While many campuses are heading in the right direction when it comes to gender identity education and awareness, instances of targeted bullying, violence and sexual assault remain a heightened risk for trans and non-binary students, simply because of who they are.

Supporting Inclusive Campuses: The Role of the Student Conduct Professional - Part One

As a society, we are becoming more aware of the idea of gender as it relates to identity and self esteem. Terms like asexual, cisgender, transgender and queer are becoming more prevalent in our shared dialogue, acknowledging that gender, sexuality and self-expression can be fluid concepts, as opposed to fixed ideals. For individuals who feel like they may have a different sense of gender than what they were born with, this increased acceptance is a relief. In general, higher education has taken strides to better understand and serve transgender and non-binary students, including steps like increasing the choices for “gender identity” on applications, and creating resources for administration and faculty to create inclusive campuses

Burnout is Real, But You Can Beat it

Working with students can be invigorating, emotionally rewarding and profoundly fulfilling. At the same time, it can also be challenging, frustrating and mentally-exhausting. No matter the job, many people experience work-related frustrations and stressors from time to time. However, when brief moments of workplace dissatisfaction or stress turn into weeks of irritation and anxiety it's easy to fall into a cycle of burnout. The ramifications of workplace burnout can have negative effects on your mental health and wellbeing, and can have an unintended impact on your colleagues, even the students you work with. By acknowledging what you're feeling and taking conscious action, you can avoid long-term burnout.

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