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These sessions will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2020. If you have any other questions, please contact us at

Full-Day Pre-Cons

All Full-Day Pre-Cons are $215

Generation “If You See Something, Say Something” – Redefining Campus Threat Assessment

Katie Treadwell, University of Kansas

Every member of the campus community is responsible for threat assessment, but threat assessment often fails to consider the broader community’s insights. The workshop will highlight the impact of living in and serving a generation defined by threat assessment. The session will focus on the role of behavioral intervention teams, campus-wide training, and innovative approaches to assessing perceived threats. 


Envisioning Your Assessment Plan

Matthew Stimpson, eduOutcomes

The purpose of this all-day preconference session is to provide student conduct professionals to develop and/or refine their office’s assessment plan.  All professionals, regardless of skill level, will find value in this session.  Professionals new to assessment in student conduct systems will be challenged to develop an assessment plan from beginning to end.  Professionals more experienced with assessment will be challenged to evaluate their current assessment efforts, focusing on gaps and weaknesses in current assessment activities. 


Demystifying Student Lawsuits, Litigation Stress, and Public Scrutiny

Valerie Glassman, Duke University

Physicians and conduct practitioners have a lot in common: We’re compassionate and conscientious, and it hurts when someone suggests by threatening a lawsuit that we've been less than diligent about our work. This workshop will utilize literature, theoretical frameworks, and evidence-based approaches used in the medical field to master skills in overcoming the "creeping legalism" of student conduct practice today.


Half-Day Pre-Cons

All Half-Day Pre-Cons are $130

Morning Pre-Cons

Free Speech Topics

Christina Liang, Cornell University

Michelle R. Horvath, Cornell University

As campuses continue to balance free speech rights with campus-climate concerns, the need for conduct offices to have clear expectations related to the adjudication of cases related to speech continues to be a priority.  This pre-conference will explore numerous free speech topics to be considered by conduct officers in determining appropriate adjudication of free speech-related cases. Materials for participants will include case law summaries, triage processes, and case studies.


Removing the Rose-Colored Glasses to Build a Culturally Competent Sexual Misconduct Process

Jessica White, University of the Sciences

During the session, participants will explore race-based rape culture myths. Participants will also examine how those myths may impact the adjudication of a sexual misconduct case.  Participants should expect to grow in their own understanding of cultural competency and cultural communication.

The Respondent

Catherine Cocks, D. Stafford & Associates

Beth Devonshire, D. Stafford & Associates 

In light of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) May 2019 Public Policy Statement “Addressing Campus Sexual Abuse,” the Title IX proposed regulations, and interest in restorative practices, this half-day pre-conference will help student conduct officers gain a contextual understanding of respondents, better understand risk/protective factors, recidivism, and providing rights to all parties throughout the resolution processes.


Suspension with Compassion: More Than Just a Break

Tessa McLain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James Reed, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Let's think about suspension. Suspensions should enable students to effectively return to campus. If we didn’t want them to return, we would expel them. How are we capitalizing on this time to promote the education we desire for our suspended students? What messages are we sending students about their value and status as a community member?

Hot Topics in the World of Student Conduct: Tips and Tricks for Community College Practitioners

Tim Cason, Tarrant County Community College

Erin Logan, Rose State College 

The CoP Chair, Tim Cason, and the 2018-2020 ASCA Director of Community Colleges, Erin Logan, will be hosting a half day pre-con for the 2020 Annual Conference. The presenters strongly encourage all of their community college colleagues to register! The pre-con will examine the essential elements and common themes for effectively addressing conduct matters in the community college setting. Information will include due process consideration, collaborations across campus, and faculty/student mediation. They will briefly tough on the intersections between Title IX, BIT, and Conduct on Community College Campuses, allowing for a round-table discussion on how practitioners are handling complex situations on their respective campuses. Time will also be allotted for situational questions and group feedback on decision making.


Afternoon Pre-Cons

Supporting Students with Autism in the Conduct Process: Navigating a Complex Path

Lee Burdette Williams, College Autism Network

Brad Cox, College Autism Network

Conduct and Title IX cases are challenging paths for even experienced professionals to navigate. When one of the students involved is autistic, that path becomes treacherous. How do we simultaneously support our students, respect their differences and maintain our standards? We start by understanding the characteristics of autism, and then review and revise our processes to better support this population. 


Keep the Student in Student Conduct: Engaging Student Leaders in Your Process

Kara Latopolski, Virginia Tech

Rebecca Moreau, Virginia Tech

James Orr, Virginia Commonwealth University

Students are a critical part of setting and maintaining community standards.  Many institutions struggle to incorporate student leaders into their processes.  Peer to peer learning is a critical component of the college experience.  In this session, participants will explore ways to utilize student leaders to shape the culture on their campus surrounding student behavioral issues.


From Foundations to Ownership: Building a Restorative Justice Program

Cortney Brewer, Gonzaga University

Paula Smith, Gonzaga University

A restorative justice journey from scope to implementation. Learn how Gonzaga’s Resolution Center created conflict resolution services and restorative justice processes. 
The session is a soup-to-nuts approach, providing participants with a road map to develop the project, work with stakeholders, create materials, facilitation toolkits, and build assessment measures. Presenters will share training tools to prepare for implementation.


Maximizing the Use of Maxient at Your Institution

Erin Breiner, North Carolina State University

Turi Watson, Maxient LLC

Maxient has become a fast-growing tool for student conduct, but do you know the techniques to maximize your use of the system? For over a decade, NC State has evolved the use of Maxient with multiple campus partners to produce innovative ways to use the system. This pre-con focuses on these initiatives and how to build them for your campus.


Seeing Color: Using Conflict Resolution to Support Vulnerable Student Populations Through the Student Conduct Process

Patience Bryant, California State University- Long Beach

Vulnerable populations typically include any group or sector of society that is at a higher risk during periods of conflict and crisis. As such, this session will give student conduct practitioners the opportunity to explore working with vulnerable student populations of color using conflict resolution, while also identifying ways to support this high need student population.