Student Conduct

How are your student conduct standards developed, disseminated, and enforced? In school environments, preparation is key when charging, investigating, and adjudicating misconduct cases.

AUDITS

How are your student conduct standards developed, disseminated and enforced? Do students have sufficient notice of the applicable conduct standards? Are these standards consistent across your institutions and in all your publications? How are allegations of misconduct investigated and adjudicated? A student conduct audit can provide insight regarding your procedures and whether there is consistency in the charging, investigation, and adjudication of misconduct cases.

Our audits may consist of:

  • Policy review
  • Template review
  • Code of Conduct review
  • Review of Positive Behavioral Intervention Services (PBIS)
  • Special education disciplinary process review
  • Disparity analysis
  • Audits of disciplinary documents
  • Interviews with those in the conduct process
TRAINING

It is critical that those who handle student misconduct cases are provided with the professional development necessary to comply with legal and policy requirements and to ensure a fair and consistent practice of issuing charges, gathering evidence and adjudicating decisions. Whether you are training building-level school administrators or higher education conduct review boards, INCompliance consultants can customize training that fits your audience and your goals.

Training for Colleges and Universities

Our most popular Student Conduct Review Board training is typically conducted over one or two days, depending on the responsibilities assigned to your board in your policy and whether they are charged with handling sexual misconduct cases. Longer sessions allow for more experiential opportunities, including a mock board hearing.

Typical topics for board training include:

  • Working together as a board
  • Understanding the process
  • Confidentiality
  • Behavioral expectations and prohibited conduct
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Gathering evidence
  • Group-based misconduct
  • Resolving credibility disputes
  • Weighing evidence
  • Burden of proof and evidentiary standards
  • Making a decision
  • Sanctioning
Training for K-12 school districts

Training for school administrators can be customized to meet the needs of your school district or institution. Typical topics include:

  • Understanding the process
  • Initial response
  • Safety plans
  • Trauma-informed practices
  • Working with law enforcement
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Gathering evidence
  • Resolving credibility disputes
  • Decision-making and sanctions
  • Considering the needs of students with disabilities
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies (PBIS)
  • Students returning after discipline
INVESTIGATIONS

Complex misconduct cases can involve sensitive and time-consuming investigations. Using an external investigator ensures that your investigation proceeds in a prompt, thorough, and efficient manner, while allowing administrators to handle their regular duties. Our consultants are available to investigate, adjudicate, and navigate appeals as your policies and the law may permit.

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