Session III 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

From Prevention to Response: Partnering to Meet Our Obligation to Eliminate Sexual Violence

Room #2101 (2 hour session 1:30-3:45 p.m.)

With evolving developments in Title IX compliance, institutions of higher education must remain cognizant of the ethical and legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual violence and misconduct and gender discrimination. In this session, attendees will examine administrative law, case law, and legislation relating to Title IX compliance. Title IX Investigators, student conduct officers, and Title IX Coordinators will answer questions regarding the investigation and adjudication of allegations of sexual misconduct and gender discrimination.

Texas Student Conduct Conference
Corey J.  Benson
Associate Dean of Students at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Corey James Benson (He/Him/His) is Associate Dean of Students at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Corey previously served as Title IX Coordinator at University of Houston-Clear Lake, Title IX Investigator in the Office of the Dean of Students at The University of Texas at Austin, and Student Development Specialist in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State University. He previously served as Public Policy Core Member for the NASPA Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community and has presented on issues related to student development, student conduct, and diversity and inclusion at Creating Change, the National Conference on LGBT Equality; Leadership Educators Institute; NASPA Multicultural Institute; and the annual conferences of NASPA and the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators. Corey earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from University of Houston-Clear Lake and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Corey is pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education from Southern Methodist University.

Texas Student Conduct Conference
Dayna Ford
Director of Community Standards at The University of Texas at Arlington

Dayna Ford is Director of Community Standards at The University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Ford obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ms. Ford began her career in Student Conduct through an assistantship in the Dean of Student’s Office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with, what was then, Student Judicial Affairs. Ms. Ford then worked in Residence Life at Texas A&M University for 4 years, doing student conduct conferences in her respective residence halls, supervising/assisting graduate students with conduct-related issues, and presenting numerous trainings on conduct-related issues. During that time, Ms. Ford also partnered with the Student Conduct Office to co-adjudicate cases, work on various initiatives such as the Alcohol and Other Drug Sanctioning Task Force and Hazing Task Force, and serve as a University Investigator. Ms. Ford then became the Program Coordinator of the Student Conduct Office (and subsequently Assistant Director of Student Life) at Texas A&M University, where she managed the conduct process and adjudicated high-level cases. Ms. Ford is a member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) and has completed the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) Investigator Training. Ms. Ford is the ASCA State Coordinator for Texas.

Texas Student Conduct Conference
Mikiba W. Morehead
Director of Student Disability Services and Title IX Coordinator at Baylor College of Medicine

Mikiba W. Morehead is Director of Student Disability Services and Title IX Coordinator at Baylor College of Medicine. Mikiba is the previous State Coordinator for Texas for the Association for Student Conduct Administration and was the recipient of the 2019 ASCA State Coordinator of the Year Award. Prior to her role at Baylor College of Medicine, Mikiba served as Director of Community Standards at The University of Texas at Arlington and Program Coordinator for Student Conduct at Texas A&M University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville. Mikiba is currently pursuing doctorate of education in ethical leadership from the University of St. Thomas, where here research focuses on sexual exploitation in the educational environment and the impact of revenge porn on victims in higher education environments.

Coordinating Student Justice with Student Emergency Services

Within the Dean of Students Office, the Student Justice and Student Emergency Services (SES) teams work together to ensure student success. Increase your office’s impact by helping students facilitate growth and learning through the Student Justice experience.

Room #2102

Glynis Christine 
Student Emergency Services Coordinator at Texas State University

Glynis Christine is a double alum and serves as the first Coordinator of Student Emergency Services at Texas State University.

Jacob Sloan
Student Conduct Officer

Jake Sloan serves as a Student Conduct Officer at Texas State University and graduated with a master’s degree in educational policy analysis from the University of Missouri.

The School to Prison Pipeline…is My Office a Contributor?

Room # 2104

A conversation about examining student conduct office practices and implicit bias. This workshop will give a brief overview of the school to prison pipeline and how it displays itself in the university setting. Through examining forms of implicit bias that exist, practitioners will be able to incorporate these concepts into their future sanctioning practices.

Alexandra Hughes
Assistant Director for Student Rights and Responsibilities at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Ms. Alexandra Hughes, M. ED., is the current Assistant Director for Student Rights and Responsibilities, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. As a member of the university’s administration, she works collaboratively with campus partners and stake holders to manage student conduct; and ensure the safety and security of all students, staff, and faculty at the institution.

Ms. Hughes received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, at the University of South Alabama; and is currently working on her dissertation as a doctoral student at UTRGV.

She has served UTRGV for three years now in her current role. Prior to working in student conduct, Ms. Hughes has served campus communities in areas such as: Housing & Residence Life, Student Accessibility Services, Greek Life, and Diversity & Inclusion. In her own words: “I may not be able to change the world, but if I can positively impact and change one person’s world—then I have done enough”.

Birds of a Feather

Room 2103

A Birds of a Feather (BoF) session is an informal round-table meeting where the attendees group together based on a shared interest and carry out discussions without any pre-planned agenda.  They can be great to share information and get opinions and ideas from your peers.

Three interest areas are available for this session, join us in room 2103 and pick a group to join.  You can also float to other groups as well.

Here are the three interest areas:

In’s and Out’s of Title IX

Charlene Buckley
Student Affairs Compliance Manager

Charlene Buckley serves as the District Title IX Coordinator for ACC, where all employee and student sexual misconduct matters are addressed under the Title IX policy at the College.  Prior to moving to Texas, Charlene’s focus was in student conduct, most recently as Associate Dean for Student Conduct, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at Wake Forest University.  She has worked extensively in the resolution of student conduct matters, policy development, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and education and training. 

Community College Student Conduct Challenges & Cheers

Student conduct within the community college environment presents its own unique set of challenges, for both students and conduct administrators. It’s a given that these institutions tend to serve a much broader cross-section of society than four-year institutions. As such, many students enter the pipeline with little to no prior experience or preparation of what it means to be a college student or navigating the college process.

This round table will serve as an opportunity for community college conduct administrators to discuss issues that impact two-year institutions (residential and non-residential). Participants will have an opportunity to share best practices, while gathering feedback from professionals from like institutions.

Dr. Dorado M. Kinney
Executive Dean of Student Affairs Central Region at Austin Community College

Dorado M. Kinney is Executive Dean of ACC’s Central Region campuses (Highland, Eastview, Rio Grande, and Elgin). Prior to this role he served as Student Affairs Dean at both Eastview and Highland campuses. With more than 20 years of experience as a Student Affairs administrator at both two-year and four year institutions, he has worked in Greek life, multicultural student affairs, new student orientation, student judicial affairs, and student athlete support services.

A leader of multiple districtwide initiatives, he was vital in transitioning ACC from paper advising documents to  electronic forms. He has led the development of student disciplinary policies, the implementation of a districtwide system to track and monitor cases, and improved testing   center structure. Dr. Kinney is a 2019-2020 Aspen Presidential Fellow. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at  Austin, a master’s degree in management from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in higher education from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University.

In’s and Out of Public and Private Schools

The student conduct process in a public school environment can be very different from the process found at a private institution.  As a state actor, public institutions are bound to state and federal guidelines in ways that private institutions are not.  Public institutions must pay close attention to following their processes to protect student rights.  Private institutions may or may not have formal processes in place, and may have special consequences or sanctions that are not available to public institutions.

This round table will provide the opportunity to discuss the varied processes in place, and the rules, regulations, and policies that guide them.  Participants may share their experiences, positive and negative factors, and share ideas.

Dr. Mike Acosta
Dean of Student Affairs at Highland Campus
Austin Community College

Michael Acosta serves as the Dean of Student Affairs for the Highland Campus of Austin Community College. Mike has over 18 years of experience in Higher Education Student Services, having worked at numerous institutions across the State of Texas. In addition to his work in student conduct, Mike’s research interests include quantitative methods in student retention, first-generation student success, and higher education admissions policy.