Pre-Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference Sessions will be held on January 31, 2024:

  • Half-Day AM Sessions 8:30 AM – Noon
  • Half-Day PM Sessions 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Full-Day Sessions 8:30 AM – Noon & 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM


  • Lunch will be provided to participants in full-day pre-cons as well as participants in two half-day pre-cons.
  • Some pre-cons will be offering continuing education credits for individuals certified through the Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Certification. More information will be available soon. For questions, contact ASCA Assistant Executive Director Dr. Amanda Mesirow at [email protected].

Pre-Con Session Rates:

  • Half-Day: $150
  • Full-Day: $250
  • If you are registering for two half-day sessions, use promo code “CON-PRECON2024” on the registration page to receive $50 off your pre-con registration!

To register for a pre-con session, click here

Full-Day Pre-Cons:

An Understanding Of The Intersection Of Student Conduct And Case Management For Today’s College Student **

Presenters: Dr. Kyle R. Williams, Special Advisor to Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Emory University; Dr. Lynsey Listau, Executive Director of Institutional Equity and Student Conduct, Pensacola State College; Sari-Jai Walker, Associate Director, Emory University

This session will cover the core foundations of case management & student conduct, the intersections of the two areas, & how to navigate unique student support.  Current trends will be discussed, and theory will be put into practice to allow participants to take knowledge back to campus. In July of 2023, the Association for Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) and Higher Education Case Management Association (HECMA) partnered to develop an intentional training opportunity for professionals.  This session will address how to support today’s college students during a time when our institutions are also faced with navigating how to best support the growing diversity amongst students while navigating the various spaces students inhabit.  Participants will be better equipped to understand current students and ways that we are able to best serve them within these Conduct and Case Management Offices given their own complex identities.

Another Fraternity/Sorority Incident! Who Owns It?: Creating an Organizational Misconduct Process That Works **

Presenters: Leila Faranesh, Associate Dean of Students/Director of the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, East Carolina University; Jessica Ashton, Director of Chapter Support and Wellness, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity

Campuses and organizations continue to flounder when addressing fraternity/sorority incidents. We will unpack the contexts at play in a multitude of scenarios, providing the necessary tools to create your own policies and processes, to ensure student success and learning while reducing recidivism. We’ll offer insight and guidance for smart sanctioning that addresses the root causes of incidents. This Pre-Conference session will provide the necessary tools to create policies, procedures, and processes unique to your institution or headquarters. Ultimately, student learning should be at the forefront of conduct processes, so we’ll also offer insight and guidance for smart sanctioning that addresses the root cause while guiding and educating chapter leaders going through the process.

Applying Restorative Justice to Campus Sexual Misconduct: Practitioner-focused Guidance On Emerging Practices

Presenter: Dr. Erik S. Wessel, Director, Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR), University of Michigan

Sexual misconduct on campus continues to be significantly underreported because most victims perceive that judicial recourse, with its legalistic adversarial approach, fails to address–in a healing way–the harms done to them. This pre-conference session will walk through a range of restorative approaches which build on the idea – “What if we started with the goal of healing in mind.”

Law and Policy Foundations for Student Conduct Professionals **

Presenter: Thomas Hardiman, Director of Student Conduct, NC State University

This full-day session is designed to provide a foundational understanding of relevant law and policy for student conduct educators. Participants will then use this knowledge to analyze their own institutional policies. Topics for this session include understanding law and case law citations, the minimum requirements for due process and fundamental fairness, FERPA, the First Amendment, the Drug Free Schools and Community Act, the Clery Act, and Title IX.

One Day Director/Senior Conduct Leadership Training **

Presenters: Tara Shollenberger, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, High Point University; Joe DiMaria, Associate Vice President for Student Success, Bristol Community College

The Director/Senior Conduct Officer track is a full day session boot camp focused on advanced issues and topics germane to today’s leaders in student conduct. The Director/Senior Director leadership training program is designed to empower Directors and Senior Directors with the skills, knowledge, and foundations necessary to excel in their roles. Topics will range from supervision, strategic planning and assessment, threat assessment, care, academic integrity (and A.I.), policy and code and more. Leaders will be able to engage in interactive sessions that delve into topics that are necessary and current for director/senior conduct directors.  Participants will acquire advanced skills and knowledge in areas that delve into strategic thinking, enabling them to make informed decisions based on national best practices.

Half-Day Pre-Cons

Collaboration and Support: Addressing The Intersection of Student Conduct, Behavioral Intervention Teams, and Disability Support Services (AM Session)

Presenters: Leon Minor, M.S., Director of Student Conduct and Prevention Education, Tarrant County College; Tim Cason, M.Ed., Consultant for TNG and Vice President, National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA)

Given the shared goals of access, support, accountability, and community safety, student conduct, behavioral intervention teams, and disability support often address overlapping matters. This overlap emphasizes the need for discussion and planning on how these areas intersect, especially regarding student behavior and conduct, hospitalizations, and returning from a leave of absence. This workshop will assist institutions in developing approaches that provide adequate support and align with best practices.

Developing a Blueprint For Inclusive Conflict Excellence on Campus: Best Practices for Implementing Procedural, Restorative, Social and Transformative Justice (PM Session)

Presenters: Nancy Geist Giacomini, Mediation Manager for the City of Philadelphia’s Eviction Diversion Program as a member of CORA Good Shepherd Mediation; Ryan C. Holmes, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Miami; Tamara Greenfield King, Senior Associate Vice Provost for University Life, University of Pennsylvania; Jennifer Meyer Schrage, higher education leader, author and attorney

Explore the meaning and application of Inclusive Conflict Excellence. Session is for leaders and practitioners who implement student conflict and conduct protocol and develop related policies. Content features research, experiences, and activities led by published thought leaders including case studies on emerging campus challenges. Participants will weigh procedural, educational, community and equity concepts while considering approaches for their own campus.

Developing Strong Administrative Practices for Your Maxient System: From Health Checks to System Administration (AM Session)

Presenters: Lance Watson & Shalin Shah, Senior Client Support Specialists, Maxient LLC

Have you ever wondered if Maxient is working at its best or how others have set it up? We will cover a  variety of in-system processes to consider when completing a “health check” of your system and discuss how to build strong Maxient administrative practices. Attendees must be current Maxient users and have a basic understanding of Maxient’s administrative screens.

Trauma Informed Intake and Interviewing Skills (AM Session)

Presenter: Dr. Brian Van Brunt, Director of Behavior and Threat Management, DPREP Safety Division

This program is designed for conduct officers to better understand and apply the principals of trauma informed interviewing practices in their daily work. Drawing from experience in counseling, student conduct, law enforcement, title IX and legal areas of practice, this workshop will provide practical, culturally informed practices to better approach student needs.

Organize Your Organization Conduct Process (PM Session)

Presenters: Kirby Bell, Associate Director, The Ohio State University; Cortney Brewer, Maxient System Analyst, The Ohio State University; Becca Hamilton, Anti-Hazing Compliance Specialist, The Ohio State University

Setting up your conduct system to facilitate organizational conduct investigations may seem overwhelming. This session will provide an overview of Ohio State’s organization investigation and adjudication practices including system configuration, case creation, letters, charges, and sanctions. The presenters will share letter examples, sanction examples, and highlight analytics to aid in case management and compliance with a state-wide anti-hazing law.


Note: ** indicates a session is eligible for continuing education credits through Higher Education Consortium for Student Affairs Education. Visit for more information.