Archive December 2020

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An Examination of White Supremacy in Student Conduct

By Dr. James Lorello


Recently our office at UNC Charlotte began exploring the ways in which our systems of Student Conduct uphold white supremacy.  Through our investigation we identified a number of items to adjust and tweak within our realm of control to become a more inclusive and welcoming office. This includes creating an alternative resolution process and examining restorative justice as many conduct offices in the nation already do as well as challenging long held beliefs about sanctioning and safety on our campus. 

Student Conduct is founded upon principles of equity and justice given the Dixon Vs Alabama decision which set in motion issues of due process in higher education. It is important to always keep this in mind when does Student Conduct work. Even with this, foundation, Student Conduct's role in rules, norms, and discipline means that it needs to be critically examined to unpack process and policies that may be seeped in white supremacy culture. Our close partnerships with police and enforcement of police's also need to be held in tension as we critically examine our work. 

Implicit Bias in the Conduct Process

By Magnolia Justice

Student conduct administrators are responsible for the growth and development of hundreds of thousands of students each academic year, and in managing and prioritizing our cases, we sometimes get lost in the quantity over the quality of cases managed. Meeting with a student allegedly responsible for a policy violation comes with challenges in terms of ensuring student learning and conduct officer ability. One challenge is how we interact with students within the context of our office role, our institution, and corresponding demographics. In the time of a global pandemic, outspoken president, international protesting and social and political unrest, we find how we interact with students to be paramount; we can disagree with students about our beliefs and still serve them effectively in a difficult and traumatic time.