Session IV 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Choose Your Own Adventure: A New, Exciting, Innovative Approach to Student Conduct “Sanctioning”

Room #2102

The Pathway program introduces a fresh approach in educating students. When looking at “sanctioning,” we recognize students know what they need to learn from the incident and how they learn best. We have compiled a menu of opportunities that facilitate reflection in varying ways, including experiential and creative learning. Students choose their Pathway and subsequent “sanctions” from an array of options while processing with their conduct officer. We will present SMU’s philosophy, feedback from participants and facilitators, and data we’ve collected from pre and post surveys. Successes, challenges, and logistics will be highlighted as we guide you through our new Pathway plan to student success!

Texas Student Conduct Conference
James Ramey
Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards at Southern Methodist University

James Ramey, Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards at Southern Methodist University, has a Master of Arts degree from Drew University and has been working in the student conduct field for over 10 years. Having worked at both small and mid-size private institutions, he has experience working with all levels of conduct, including suspension and expulsion cases. Other areas of experience include advisor to the Univeristy Conduct Board (student hearing board), Code of Conduct developer and reviewer, Title IX investigator and sanctioning officer, and Peruna Handler Coach (you’ll have to ask)

Texas Student Conduct Conference
Dr. Evelyn Ashley
Dean of Students

Dr. Evelyn Ashley, Dean of Students ad interim, has been working in the student conduct field for over 10 years. Dr. Ashley is involved in various organizations on campus and in/around the Dallas community. Having recently received the ASCA Student Conduct Professional of the Year Award, Dr. Ashley prides herself on student engagement, success, development, and learning.


Evaluating and Investigating Reports of Student and/or Student Organization Misconduct

Room #2103

Hear about practical strategies, tools and solutions to help you identify cases that require the collection of additional information or a full investigation. Together you will:

  • Identify and describe various incidents that may lend themselves to being investigated
  • Outline the role that investigations and investigators have within the overall student conduct process
  • Identify and discuss methods in which to prepare for conducting a student conduct investigation
  • Articulate interviewing methods and strategies that will be beneficial in conducting a student conduct investigation
  • Describe the key components and information that should be contained in an investigation report and file
  • Identify documentation and record keeping requirements as they relate to student conduct investigations


Dr. Ann C. Goodman
Associate Director Department of Student Activities at Texas A&M University


Legislative Update

Room #2104

This session will cover recently passed legislation that relates to student conduct and the implications for institutional practice.


Dr. Rex Peebles 
Assistant Commissioner in Academic Quality and Workforce with
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Dr. Peebles has 30 years of experience in higher education, including positions as instructor, department head, dean, and vice president of instruction. He is Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He is a recipient of the Ray Williams Outstanding Leadership Award from the Texas Community College Instructional Administrators (TCCIA). He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Texas at Dallas, a Master’s in Political Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.


Evidentiary Standards: Coffee and Conversation

Room #2105

Presenters will provide coffee and conversation to create an atmosphere conducive for engagement and idea sharing focused on evidentiary standards. Presenters will define evidentiary standards, provide examples and offer participants an opportunity for open discussion focused on knowledge sharing and current applications.


Jeremie Middleton
Director of Student Housing and Chief Judicial Officer at Odessa College

Jeremie Middleton currently serves as the Odessa College Director of Student Housing and Chief Judicial Officer. He has previously served at Houston Baptist University as the Director of Student Housing and Student Conduct Hearing Officer. Jeremie holds a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Criminal Justice Management from Tarleton State University.

 


Urisonya Flunder
Executive Director of Student Life at Odessa College

Urisonya Flunder currently serves as the Odessa College Executive Director of Student Life in which she supervises the areas of student housing, student conduct, and student activities. Previously, she has served at several institutions in the roles of Associate Dean of Students, Chief Judicial Conduct Officer, Student Conduct Hearing Officer, Title IX Investigator, and BIT Chair. Urisonya holds a Bachelors in Communications Studies from Jackson State University and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville.


Nadia Rivas
Student Activities Director and Student Conduct Hearing Officer at Odessa College

Nadia Rivas currently serves as the Odessa College Student Activities Director and Student Conduct Hearing Officer. She holds a Bachelors in Journalism and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.