Revisiting DeBowes (2014), Student conduct administrator knowledge of the statistical reporting obligations of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Ameila Wood, Western Illinois University Student Activities Office Manager

The title may be a mouthful, but this insightful study was awarded the 2015 Dissertation of the Year Award from ASCA. The research and study instrument asking to classify and score Clery Act offenses accurately was also shared in the Director's track of the 2015 Gehring Academy. Fortunately, we didn't have to reveal our answers because, if we had, I wonder how many of us would have aced that quiz. After all, this is what student conduct professionals are tasked with as a part of conduct work, right? 

Snap Polls

Recently, you may have seen an email in your inbox inviting you to participate in an ASCA Snap Poll.  Several weeks ago, the ASCA Board of Directors charged a group of five individuals to research site locations for the ASCA Annual Conference and Donald D. Gehring Academy starting in 2020.  The committee includes Dr. Brent Ericson, Danielle Pettigrew, JoCynda Hudson, Matthew Sullivan and myself. Each person brings a variety of experience, knowledge, and involvement with ASCA events.  Site selection is an important decision for the association as these events have significant impacts on our educational offerings as well as the financial stability of the organization.

I need to hire a consultant. Who do you recommend?

Approximately once a month I get the question, “I need to hire a consultant, who do you recommend?”  Most often my response is, “It
depends .” As I pondered this question, I started thinking about the things I want to know before responding this question.  To answer the question, I did the first thing many of us do in this on-demand culture, I Googled “tips for hiring a consultant.”  Needless to say, the results were overwhelming with every industry offering advice and tips.  My next step was the phone-a-friend method, and I reached out to Dr. David Parrott, Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida and ASCA Past President, to put the question to him.

Becoming Gehring Faculty


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.


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