Frequently Asked Questions

Who is ASCA?
The Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) is the leading voice for student conduct in higher education. ASCA’s network of qualified professionals is dedicated to cultivating student responsibility and accountability through prevention education, investigation and adjudication. ASCA members are trained and equipped to uphold the integrity of the student conduct process, resulting in the ability to build safer educational communities and positively impact the higher education experience.
 
What are the goals of the student conduct process?
The ultimate goals of student conduct processes are student growth and development and the preservation of the educational environment. Student conduct professionals work to support institutional and educational missions. They engage and educate students to be better citizens by guiding them towards ethical decision making and accountability. ASCA stands by this unequivocally, and this stance is also clearly supported in the courts. 
 
Is a student conduct officer and compliance officer the same thing?
While student conduct covers compliance and compliance-related issues, it includes many additional aspects. Student conduct officers ensure that policies and procedures comply with legal and due process requirements. They also go beyond that to ensure that every student is treated fairly and respectfully, while keeping education at the heart of the student conduct process
 
What is the Donald D. Gehring Academy?
The Donald D. Gehring Academy provides foundational training for student conduct professionals. Hundreds of student conduct professionals participate in one of the two week-long intensive training institutes held during the summer. The foundational training curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of professional practice in student conduct administration and covers topics including: due process, federal regulations, forms of adjudication, and learning and program assessment. Additional annual topics include restorative justice, mediation and sexual misconduct compliance challenges for campus administrators.
 
How much of ASCA’s work is advocacy-based?
ASCA has historically advocated for best practices in student conduct by providing education to its own members. Given increased attention to campus sexual assault and the role of attorneys in campus administrative processes, ASCA has increased its advocacy for best practices. Most recently, ASCA released a statement in response to two bills: The Safe Campus Act (H.R. 3403) and Fair Campus Act (H.R. 3408). ASCA is part of a consortium of other higher education associations that utilizes part time services of a lobbyist to ensure that the views of student conduct professionals are shared with policy makers.
 
What is ASCA’s stance on rape/sexual assault on campus?
ASCA is concerned about safety on college and university campuses and is pleased that the issue of sexual violence on college campuses is drawing extensive attention from the media. For general information and resources for handing sexual misconduct and sexual assault cases on campus please email asca@tamu.edu or call 979-845-5262. Media inquiries, please contact: asca@tamu.edu