Associate Dean of Students, Student Conduct

Wake Forest University   •  

Winston Salem, NC

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


5 - 7 years

Posted 59 days ago

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Job Description Summary

The Associate Dean of Students, Student Conduct is responsible for the administrative management of areas within the Office of the Dean of Students that reinforce community values and center learning within the student experience. Specific areas of responsibility include management of the Office of Student Conduct, the Student Complaint Process for the Division of Campus Life, and active participation in the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team.Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to a procedurally-sound, learning-centered, non-adversarial, and restorative student conduct philosophy that ensures a connection between the incidents under review, hearing conversation, sanction decisions, and the learning needs of students and organizations.
  • Serves as the primary hearing officer for non-academic administrative student conduct cases and organizational misconduct.
  • Coordinates adjudication of sexual misconduct and educational training and prevention initiatives with the University Title IX Coordinator.
  • Ensures appropriate use and sound practice of the data management system to ensure compliance with institutional policies, relevant laws, and mandated reporting.
  • Through partnership with faculty and the Office of the Dean of the College, implement educational initiatives directed toward building and sustaining a culture of character, honor, and integrity.
  • Facilitates an annual review of the Student Conduct Code involving key campus constituencies and period of public comment to ensure transparency surrounding all changes to the community's minimum expectations of undergraduate students.
  • Facilitates program and learning assessment/evaluation of hearings, sanctions, and other programs/trainings and utilizes findings for improvement of the system and its educational processes.
  • Provides leadership and assumes responsibility for the orientation of the campus community to the undergraduate student conduct system and Medical Amnesty Policy.
  • Develops, maintains, evaluates, and presents extensive training to students, faculty, and staff to ensure proper education of the University community related to the Code. Prepares workshops, presentations, publications, and various other forms of educational material.
  • Works in partnership with the Assistant Director for Residential Conduct to ensure consistent application of the student conduct code and procedurally-sound, learning-centered, non-adversarial, and restorative student conduct philosophy in the residence halls. Establishes and maintains effective partnerships with key departments, including but not limited to Residence Life and Housing, University Police, University Title IX Coordinator, Winston-Salem Police Department, Forsyth County District Attorney's Office, Athletics, Office of the General Counsel, and Counseling Center.
  • Pays special attention to parent communication as needed; works closely with the Dean of Students and CARE Case Managers to manage appropriate parent involvement in conduct matters.
  • Facilitates outreach, awareness campaigns, and educational programs for students and their families, faculty, and staff about the conduct system (e.g., New Student Orientation, Family Weekend symposia, Athletic Honor Assemblies, PREPARE facilitator training, Study Abroad Orientation.)
  • Responsible for planning/facilitating comprehensive training opportunities for faculty, staff, and student members that assist with the facilitation of the student conduct system. Serves as advisor for the Board of Investigators and Advisors, undergraduate leaders that assist with resolution of academic and non-academic cases, and collaborate with the Office of the Dean of the College on their training.
  • Trains and supervises Student Conduct staff. Completes performance evaluations and support their professional development and growth.
  • Oversees the implementation and development of Student Conduct initiatives. Researches and assists with development of corresponding policies and procedures.
  • Serves on University-wide committees and task forces, including Student Life Committee, Alcohol Coalition, and the Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team.
  • Interacts regularly with the campus community and external stakeholders (alumni, residential community, attorneys, city/county police authorities, etc.) around position management issues and responsibilities.
  • Serves and actively participates as a member of the Office of the Dean of Students Leadership Team to support team cohesion within the department, the wellbeing and personal/professional growth of staff, and establishment of methods through which the impact of collective programs and services offered can be communicated effectively.
  • Manages the Student Complaint Process for the Division of Campus Life, including educating the community about the complaint process, maintaining the system of record for complaints, and monitoring complaint logs for systemic issues.
  • Works with students, faculty, and staff to promote a healthy and safe living and learning environment.
  • Attends and participates in student and staff learning and development initiatives and retreats
  • Presents and participates in University training provided for offices and organizations that regularly interact with Student Conduct (e.g., Residence Life & Housing, PREPARE, University Police).
  • Responsible for departmental and division-wide service, projects, and initiatives as identified by Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Master's degree in student personnel, higher education, counseling, organizational behavior or a similar field is required.
  • Five years of relevant student affairs experience, including progressive management responsibilities and demonstrated experience in student conduct administration.
  • Working knowledge of relevant federal policies, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Title II, and Title IX.
  • Ability to professionally and appropriately manage sensitive and confidential information with great discretion.
  • Ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information, document information electronically in a timely manner, and verbally communicate with appropriate stakeholders as warranted.
  • Outstanding communicator and strong writer; an individual who possesses superior written and verbal communications skills, as well as the ability to present his/her views in a clear and compelling manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize workflow and manage multiple tasks and functions simultaneously.
  • Ability to anticipate problems, critical issues, and opportunities as they arise and advise accordingly.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment; possessing conflict resolution and/or mediation skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other diverse groups.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Familiarity with electronic student conduct information management systems.
  • Experience working with students that may be experiencing medical/mental health distress.
  • Experience facilitating the assessment of program and learning outcomes.


  • The Associate Dean of Students, Student Conduct works under the general supervision of the Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students.
  • Supervises the Assistant Director, Student Conduct, Student Conduct Administrator, graduate assistants, and student workers.
  • Responsible for the management of the undergraduate student conduct system, administration of the Student Code of Conduct, Student Complaint Process, and supporting the Office of the Dean of the College in the administration of the Honor Code.
  • Knowledgeable of and compliant with the Family Educational Rights, and Privacy Act (FERPA), relevant case law, and the rules and regulations of Wake Forest University as reflected in the Student Handbook and other University publications.