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Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues

XVeritas December 2014

Official Newsletter of the CSCLI - Commission XV

2014-15 CSCLI Leadership Ardy Gonyer, Chair Graduate Assistant, Educators in Context and Community Bowling Green University Adam Bernot, Vice Chair for Education Director of Residence Life Spring Hill College Nicholas Stroup, Vice Chair for Membership Assistant Director of Student Services George Mason University Jennifer McCary, Vice Chair for Administration Assistant Dean of College Life/ Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities Gettysburg College Valerie Glassman, Vice Chair for Publications Assistant Dean of Students Duke University Tiffani Ziemann, Past Chair Area Coordinator Ithaca College

2015-16 CSCLI Leadership Elect Adam Bernot, Chair Elect Hannah Durant, Vice Chair for Administration (Elect) Associate Director of Residence Life Smith College Alan Acosta, Vice Chair for Education (Elect) Associate Dean of Students Florida State University

ACPA Annual Convention March 5-8, 2015 Tampa, Florida

Greetings from the Commission Chair I hope that this was a rewarding Fall Semester for you and your campus! With the changing and fall of leaves here in Ohio, and now the prospect of snow on the horizon, I am reminded that there is a time for every season. Here in the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues, we are beginning to prepare for the season of reflection and transition. That means that our annual awards and elections have just taken place! It is important to us to take time every year to recognize those who have given back to the commission, the profession, and most of all, the students on our campuses. I want to personally congratulate the

Ardy Gonyer, Graduate Assistant, Educators in Context and Community Bowling Green University

award winners this year! They have truly done some wonderful work for their institutions and the conduct profession! On a personal note, I want to thank the Commission for honoring me with the Outstanding Service award. I am truly humbled by this recognition; it has been an honor to serve the commission! Additionally, our annual elections have just taken place! We have five new directorate body members, in addition to a new Vice-Chair for Education, ViceChair for Administration, and ChairElect! Thank you to those of you who (Continued on page 4) XVeritas


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Managing the Adjudication of Title IX-Related Cases CSCLI at the 2015 Annual Convention in Tampa, Florida Don’t miss these exciting opportunities! Thursday, March 5 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM CSCLI Directorate Meeting (directorate only) Thursday, March 5 6:00 - 7:00 PM CelebrACPA! Friday, March 6 2:30 - 3:30 PM Open commission meeting (all members) Friday, March 6 3:30 - 5:00 PM Town Hall Assembly Meeting Friday, March 6 8:00 - 10:00 PM Association Awards Congratulations to our commission’s own Jason Meriwether on his election to ACPA’s Governing Board as the new Director of External Relations! 2


In recent years, Title IX and sexual misconduct has become the singlemost important issue in higher education. Since the infamous April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, there have been sweeping changes across college campuses. At most schools, administrators have revised or at the very least reviewed some of their policies and procedures for adjudicating these issues. New programs, and in some cases, entire offices have been created to beef up prevention and advocacy efforts. But it’s not only administrators who are paying attention to these issues. Read the front page of any newspaper, news website, or even scroll your Facebook newsfeed and you’ll see that Title IX and sexual assault is something everyone is talking about. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good thing. Statistics tell us sexual assault is a highly underreported crime, especially at college campuses, and it’s time for us to do something about it. Appropriately adjudicating sexual misconduct is essential and important work. But it is unfortunately not that as simple as it seems. Sexual misconduct, especially on college campuses, is complicated. Cases tend to involve two individuals who know each other, or at the very least are acquaintances, and many of incidents involve the consumption of alcohol or other drugs, so details are often muddled and murky. They are highly emotionally charged, and, because they involve a public discussion of what most people would consider incredibly private acts, recounting the incident can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. The entire process is high-stakes for the respondent and the complainant, and now, with increasing pressure from the

Megan Schaedel, Assistant Director for Student Conduct and Community Standards, Southern Methodist University federal government and outside media, for schools as well. Despite the numerous Dear Colleague Letters from the Office of Civil Rights, negotiation agreements, federal guidelines, and amendments to current laws, when an issue of sexual assault occurs on a campus, there are always questions left unanswered. Do we allow this type of evidence? How should we share the investigative report? Who is allowed to be an advisor in a hearing? Sure, there are countless resources for campus administrators to turn to when adjudicating sexual misconduct, but oftentimes it feels like we’re trying to read a road map in the dark without a flashlight. It’s easy to point fingers at governmental agencies and blame them for complicated policies and regulations. But, just as student conduct administrators cannot codify every single potential violation of the code, we cannot expect a simple user’s manual for Title IX cases. These cases are complex. Instead, we as a profession need to start relying on each other more for answers. Our best resources are oftentimes our colleagues. Chances are, other administrators are grappling with the same issues we are.

Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues

How Conduct Educators Can Shape the Hazing Conversation Hazing abuse by fraternities and sororities has included physical brutality, financial extortion, mental abuse, sleep-deprivation, alcohol or drug abuse, sexual battery, emotional torment, and death (Nuwer, 2001; Jones, 2004; Allan & Madden, 2008). It is critical that Student Conduct Officers take the lead establishing proactive education models for hazing on campuses. The opportunity for partnerships exist that could influence a variety of anti-hazing programs. Here are few to consider: Keep Policies Current: Codes of conduct have evolved. So should antihazing policies. Refine policies as laws change or as court decisions influence the standard for campus due-diligence in responding to hazing complaints. Hazing is a felony or misdemeanor in 44 states.

hazing risks, also noting that 26% of students talk to their families about hazing experiences. Conducting antihazing sessions during orientation or welcome week clarifies the danger early in the student experience. Empowering parents with information about hazing and how to report it is a great prevention tool. Create Campus Conversations: Facilitating campus community forums to create dialogue about hazing can be powerful. Such educative sessions must include discussion about values, legal implications, and risks for victims and perpetrators. Certify Advisors: Student Conduct Officers can influence training for campus advisors on laws and policies. Requiring advisors to attend all rush or intake activities is a useful strategy.

Law and Policy Engagement: The requirement for all Greek members and aspirants to review campus and organizational anti-hazing polices is needed. Including a signed acknowledgement of receiving and understanding the policy in an educational setting reduces liability and enforces an anti-hazing stance. Early Student and Parent Education: Allan & Madden (2008) concluded that students have limited knowledge of

Engage Everyone: I rarely use allinclusive language, however, hazing’s pervasiveness causes the exception. Proactive engagement with current and aspiring members, parents, faculty, administrators, graduate chapters, and state, regional, or national organization officers reduces liability and shapes the anti-hazing message.

Sponsored Programs of the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues at the 2015 ACPA Convention

Attempted Suicide and ADA Changes: Helping Students Stay Alive [ID:335] (Co-sponsored with Standing Committee on Disability)

Administrating a Title IX Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey: Lessons Learned [ID:587] (Co-sponsored with Standing Committee for Women)

Conclusion: Taking a proactive role, collaborating with campus partners,

Emotional Support Animals 101: Students’ Rights and Institutions’ Responsibilities [ID:518] (Co-sponsored with Standing Committee on Disability)

Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Indiana University Southeast and engaging the entire community helps Student Conduct Officers shape the message about hazing. As influential as these ideas could be on reducing risk, the potential for behavior change in one student, one fraternity, or one sorority, could have the most important impact of all: saving the lives of our students. References Allan, E. & Madden, M. (2008). National study of student hazing: hazing in view: college students at risk: Pilot study report. Retrieved from www. Jones, R. (2004). Black haze: violence, sacrifice, and manhood in black greek-letter fraternities. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. Nuwer, H. (2001). Wrongs of passage: Fraternities, sororities, hazing, and binge drinking. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

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The Directorate Body of the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues meets at ACPA Indianapolis in March 2014.

(Continued from page 1) took the time to nominate someone for these roles! Additionally, we would like to recognize Directorate Body member Jason Meriwether, who was elected to the Governing Board as Director of External Relations! Congratulations, Jason! While we have had a busy semester with a collaborative webinar being held with the Commission for Two-Year Colleges and the White Paper project with the Commission for Spirituality, Faith, & Meaning, we are also planning for convention 2015 in Tampa! We recently reviewed and selected sponsored programs, are selecting a Next Gen applicant to sponsor, and are working to plan our Open Meeting, on March 6, from 2:30pm-3:30pm in the Tampa Convention Center - Room 30B. We hope you will join us during this time!



As always, if you have any ideas for projects the commission should be working on, or would like to get involved in some way, please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the directorate body members! Thank you again for your continued support!

Be sure to stop by the Commission’s table at CelebrACPA at the Tampa conference, meet members of the Directorate, and pick up your awesome media lounger!

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Fall 2014 newsletter of the Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues ACPA - College Student Educators International