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Assistant Director Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

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The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) supports the holistic development of the student experience by educating students about behavioral expectations and enforcing the Student Code of Conduct (Code) through a fair and educational process that fosters campus safety, accountability, and personal/organizational development. The OSCCS ensures proper investigation and resolution of alleged Code violations, or any other regulation as the University President and/or Board of Trustees may direct. The OSCCS adheres to the established procedures under the Code when resolving alleged conduct violations with fairness, integrity, and objectivity for all parties involved, consistent with the university’s educational goals. The OSCCS is a newly conceived office under the Vice President of Student and Campus Life created by recent amendments to the Code, replacing the Office of the Judicial Administrator.


The Assistant Director of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) reports to an Associate Director of OSCCS and serves as a member of the office’s extended leadership team. The Assistant Director supports the collaborative development, management, and evaluation of the university’s student conduct system and cases arising out of the Code on a campus of 24,000 students and over 1,000 student organizations, including a robust Greek life presence. This position serves primarily as a student conduct investigator and facilitates investigations involving alleged violations by students, student groups, or organizations (e.g., fraternities, sororities, living groups, athletic teams, and clubs) in a fair, impartial, thorough, and timely manner in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and Conduct Procedures. In this work, the Assistant Director utilizes an educational and restorative approach to investigate and help resolve student conduct concerns. The role also assists with implementing alternative resolutions, supportive measures, and adjudicative processes in student conduct cases where they have not served in an investigator role. Additionally, this position participates in collateral areas of OSCCS, including, but not limited to, the development and management of educational processes, alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice resolution options, sanction curriculum, and all training and behavioral prevention efforts. 


Important Application Notice - Please note the OSCCS is searching for three Assistant Directors, two permanent and one temporary term-limited position from January 3, 2022 through July 31, 2022. All three positions share the same job description. Priority will be given to applications received by October 8, 2021. Visa sponsorship is not available for these positions.


Success Factors  

  • Applied understanding of student development theory, including the impact of student behavior on overall student success. 
  • An ability to navigate and work collaboratively in a student-centered environment committed to the values of shared governance, with enthusiasm for and demonstrated commitment to supporting a student body that is diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion, among other factors. 
  • An ability to work in a conduct system dedicated to a fair and educational process that fosters campus safety, accountability, and personal/organizational development.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication (writing and speaking), planning, reasoning, organizational, and project management skills, with an ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume environment, which requires building collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, students, parents/families, and community partners.


Position: Assistant Director Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
Organization: Cornell University
Location: Ithaca,  NY 
United States
Posting Start Date: 9/29/2021
Date Posted: 9/29/2021

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of progressive experience in College Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education, Educational Leadership, Counseling, or a closely related field with two (2) years of direct experience in student conduct or related area.
  • Demonstrated experience working with college student conduct systems, including intake, investigation, adjudication, and sanctions.
  • Experience conducting investigations in a higher education setting, including preparing an investigative plan and timeline, identifying and interviewing complainant(s), witness(es), and respondent(s), and gathering and securing relevant documentation.
  • Experience working with student organizations, including, but not limited to fraternities and sororities.
  • Familiarity with preparing investigative reports, determining if a policy violation occurred, and presenting investigative results to management and/or hearing panels.
  • Must demonstrate superior judgment with the ability to manage highly sensitive and confidential communications.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently, and effectively as part of a team on projects and assignments.
  • Familiarity with higher education legal issues, including HEOA, FERPA, and Clery. 
  • Ability to occasionally work nights and weekends (i.e., investigations, conduct hearing, training, and prevention education sessions, etc.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a complex organizational setting. 
  • Experience working with trauma-informed and motivational interviewing. 
  • Experience working with an educational and restorative approach to student conduct issues, including experience with alternative dispute resolution and restorative practices. 
  • Experience working in a quasi-legalistic student conduct process.


University Job Title:

Coord Program III

Job Family:

Student Services



Pay Rate Type:



Contact Name:

Shallena Cunningham

Number of Openings:



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