Director of Community Standards

Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut
Feb 13, 2019
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut (UConn) is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and serves a total enrollment of approximately 32,000 students on the main campus in Storrs in addition to its School of Law, Health Center (Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine), School of Social Work, Business Learning Center, and four regional campuses. The University is internationally recognized for research in wide-ranging areas, such as additive manufacturing, psychology, gifted and talented education, genomics, human rights, health promotion and disease prevention, visual arts, and linguistics. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Through its $1.6B Next Generation Connecticut investment, the State of Connecticut is supporting the transformation of the University of Connecticut into a top public research institution, fueling Connecticut’s economy with new technologies, training highly-skilled graduates, and creating new companies, patents, licenses, and high-wage jobs. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society and provides a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to learn, work, and contribute.


The Director of Community Standards provides leadership and management of the University’s student conduct system. The Director coordinates and implements a comprehensive educational process to help University community members fully understand and uphold their individual and group rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Responsibilities of Community Living: The Student Code on the University’s main campus, regional campuses, and professional schools (excluding UConn Health programs). The principles of accountability, individual development, community involvement, equity, and fairness are at the core of the work completed by the Director of Community Standards.


Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the Director of Community Standards provides vision, leadership, and supervision for nine professional and graduate student staff members. Working with a talented team, the Director is responsible for supporting professional development, building capacity, and assuring continuous process and policy improvement across the work of the department. As an educator, policy leader, and conduct expert, the Director of Community Standards works to protect the rights of students by providing a fair and equitable process for resolving behavioral complaints. In addition, the Director of Community Standards collaborates with numerous offices to develop institutional policies and a comprehensive approach to promote academic integrity and to address issues of academic misconduct. The Director’s oversight of the student conduct system includes organizing case management work flow, monitoring of investigations, ensuring compliance with student rights, employment of the resolution process, and sanction issuance and compliance. Other responsibilities include: training, evaluation, and development of student conduct officers and administrative hearing officers; providing expertise and advisement on threat assessment and compliance issues; collaborating with the Title IX Coordinator and the Office of Institutional Equity to ensure timely, equitable, and effective investigations and resolution processes for all allegations of sexual misconduct involving student respondents; assisting in the collection and coding of data and collaborating with University Police to ensure compliant reporting of Clery statistics; implementing assessment measures, analyzing data, and compiling reports to inform changes and enhancements to the student conduct system and related educational initiatives; collaborating with the Department of Student Activities to ensure compliance with regards to management of allegations of misconduct pertaining to registered student organizations; assisting the Division of Student Affairs in responding to campus emergencies; working collaboratively with departments across the Division and University to enhance delivery of student-related services and programs including serving on the Incident Response Team, Behavioral History Review Committee, and Critical Incident Response Team.


A master’s degree in higher education administration, counseling, or related field coupled with a track record of six or more years of progressively responsible administrative experience including supervision of professional staff, demonstrated knowledge in the field of student conduct, and dedication to and involvement in higher education are required. Additional competencies and experience that will be important factors in the selection of the Director of Community Standards include: a commitment to multiculturalism in an academic community and evidence of program design/delivery that enhances a multicultural environment; demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement in student life and personnel situations; experience working with a residential, traditional-age student body; flexibility managing complex roles and processes within a dynamic work environment; documented leadership ability; excellent organizational skills; well-developed written and oral communication skills; demonstrated experience utilizing a judicial/student conduct software system, such as Maxient; significant knowledge and expertise in Title IX, Clery, and other key compliance issues; and familiarity with threat assessment and ability to support students at risk. Preferred qualifications include: a doctoral degree in higher education administration and/or coursework and practical experience regarding legal issues and functioning of public university conduct programs; and ongoing management experience in student conduct or a comparable area of responsibility.


Review of applications will begin March 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


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The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer, and encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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