Director of University Community Standards

Stony Brook, NY
Apr 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Director of University Community Standards-1701010

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):

Master's degree or higher. Four years of full time experience in in student conduct, student behavior management, or similar process (two of the four years must include mid to senior level management). Experience in staff supervision. Experience with relevant laws and regulations including Title IX, the Clery Act, VAWA, FERPA, and or other applicable laws.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree or higher in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs or a related field. Juris Doctorate degree. Five or more years of progressively responsible administrative experience, including significant leadership experience. Experience in engaging parties in a process and holding individuals responsible for their actions. Experience with community programming, leadership development and/or conflict resolution. Familiarity with legal issues and case law related to student conduct administration in a higher education environment. Experience working with faculty, administrators, and students in a diverse environment.

Brief Description of Duties:
The Director of University Community Standards (UCS) will be responsible for providing leadership, management and vision to the Office of University Community Standards in support of the academic and personal success of our undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The incumbent will participate in essential processes that result in policy practices, protocols and decisions to implement these policies. The Director must exercise sound judgment and administer the student conduct process in a fair, impartial, non-adversarial, restorative and educational manner. The Director must be highly organized and efficient; must be able to manage and complete tasks in a timely manner as well as maintain accurate records and files. In addition, the incumbent is instrumental in ensuring that information regarding a student, who may pose a significant threat of harm, is gathered appropriately, responded to immediately, and shared judiciously. S/he will collaborate with all relevant leadership and functional parties regarding high risk situations. Excellent verbal, written and analytical skills are necessary for success in this position.


Update and draft revisions (as needed) to the Student Code of Conduct. The Code contains policy and procedures on numerous highly sensitive student behaviors, including: Collaborate with Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE) and the Office of General Counsel in order to finalize any/all modifications to the Code. Required to develop and maintain University Student Conduct on an annual basis which provides the rules and regulations governing student behavior. Investigate, decide and recommend findings regarding campus regulations (i.e. stalking, weapons, hazing, sexual misconduct, etc.) which protects the rights of the community while respecting the rights of each individual. Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with University Policy Manual. Rules of Public Order, Academic Dishonesty and Research Misconduct, and Terms of Occupancy. Research and consider national best practices for modifications to the Code. Oversee the investigations conducted by subordinate investigators. Ensure a fair and thorough investigation for all. Oversee recruitment, selection and training and of hearing board members.


Provide comprehensive leadership, management and vision for the Office of University Community Standards (UCS). Develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive student conduct process that is aligned with national best practices and legal requirements. Ensure that University adheres to Federal and State mandates specifically maintaining compliance with the Clery Act and Title IX. Provide University Police and internal and external agencies accurate statistics regarding cases relating to Clery, Title IX, Department of Justice (DOJ) and UCS data as required. Identify, clarify and resolve complex issues with university wide scope and impact and substantial significance which may span multiple areas, using advanced professional knowledge and required broad discretion and judgment. Ensure timely response to complaints, conducting investigations, holding administrative hearings, determining sanctions, monitoring all sanctions for compliance, overseeing the formal hearing process and managing the appeal process. A principal leader that provides guidance and consultation to Residential Community Standards (RCS). Monitor the RCS process for procedural fairness, integrity and consistency. Hold regular staff meetings with UCS and RCS. Determine nature of reported violation and assign to appropriate investigator. The incumbent will be designated as a Responsible Employee and Campus Security Authority.

High Level/Exposure Investigations

For the most complex/sensitive cases: review, investigate and resolve complaints.

Testify and/or participate in depositions as required by Counsel. Ensure information regarding a student, who may pose a significant risk of harm, is gathered appropriately, responded to immediately, and shared judiciously. The nature of the situations, to which the incumbent would be responding are high risk and include suicidal ideation/attempt, threat to others, and/or disruptive behavior. Receive referrals of alleged student psychological or alcohol & other drug hospitalizations and disruptive classroom/residence hall/campus wide behavior for possible review by the Behavioral Assessment Committee (BAC). Rendering sanctions and findings within specified time frame to adhere to federal and state mandates.


Create training materials for University offices and officials (University Police Department, academic departments and administrative offices) regarding the administrative hearing process.

Develop and implement a centralized recruitment and training system for individual and group hearing board members.


Respond to medical /psychological emergencies by implementing the Mandated Evaluation process in cooperation with the VP for Student Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Services. Prepare Mandated Evaluation letters, and Alcohol & Other Drug Evaluation letters for the Vice President's signature.

Other Duties as assigned and appropriate based on rank and departmental mission.

Special Notes:

This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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Essential Position:

This has been designated as an essential position based on the duties of the job and the functions performed. Positions that are designated as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.

About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members. SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, New York, the Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Stony Brook University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply.

If you need a disability related accommodation, please call the University Human Resource Services Department at (631) 632- 6161 or the University Hospital Human Resources Department at (631) 444-4700. In accordance with the Title II Crime Awareness and Security Act, a copy of our crime statistics is available upon request by calling (631) 632- 6350. It can also be viewed on line at the University Police website at

Official Job Title: Staff Associate
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: University Community Standards-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.University Community Standards-Stony Brook University
Posting Start Date: Apr 19, 2017
Posting End Date: May 3, 2017, 10:59:00 PM
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Salary Grade: SL4


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