Student Conduct Practice
The Complete Guide for Student Affairs Professionals

Foreword by Linda Timm
Paper: 978 1 57922 286 4 / $33.95
Published: February 2008  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 285 7 / $95.00
Published: February 2008  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
326 pp., 6" x 9"

Series: Reframing Campus Conflict / Student Conduct Practice
Twenty-five expert practitioners and faculty present a compendium of current best practices in the administration of student conduct, a summary of present thinking on key issues facing practitioners today, and an overview of the role and status of conduct administrators within their institutions. The editors describe the profession’s continuing quest to find its “voice” and clarify its critical contribution to student affairs practice, as it seeks to steer a path between legal process and creating a safe environment where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about and wrestle with the dilemmas that challenge their lives and threaten their success in college.

Part One covers the structural considerations of student conduct administration. Chapters present the history and professional philosophy of conduct administration, review the ideal qualifications and personal characteristics for successful conduct administration practice and address the environment and governance framework in which administrators function. Edward Stoner II discusses his Model Student Code of Conduct and offers suggestions on using it to assess institutional practice. This section further reviews applicable law, policies and government mandates and presents guidance on the use of the range of available resolution forums. It culminates with a closer look at ethics and the decision-making process, student development theory, and the critical dimensions of diversity with respect to issues of social justice.

Part Two examines contemporary issues affecting student conduct administration. These include incivility, first amendment concerns, mental health and student well being, diversity and its challenge to traditional notions of “typical” student needs, student organizational conduct, technology and information management and academic misconduct. The book concludes with a review of the present state of student conduct administration and expert views about its future direction, including the need for more research, better assessment of outcomes, and a continued emphasis upon the practice of student conduct administration as a dedicated profession.

This is an essential companion for both new and established practitioners.

This book is published on the twentieth anniversary of the founding of ASJA and coincides with the tenth anniversary of the publication of the earlier handbook, The Administration of Campus Discipline. Student Conduct Practice constitutes the handbook for the next decade.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Linda Timm; Introduction—James M. Lancaster and Diane M. Waryold; PART ONE: STRUCTURAL CONSIDERATIONS: 1) The Professional Philosophy of Student Conduct Administration—Diane M. Waryold and James M. Lancaster; 2) Temperament for Practice: The Effective Student Conduct Practitioner—William Fischer and Vaughn Maatman; 3) Demystifying Governance: The Influential Practitioner—Felice Dublon; 4) Revising Your Student Conduct Code—Edward N. Stoner II; 5) Laws, Policies And Mandates—John W. Lowery; 6) Forums For Resolution—Eugene L. Zdziarski and Nona L. Wood; 7) Can We Be Good Without God? Exploring Applied Ethics With Members of Student Conduct Hearing Boards—Gary Pavela; 8) Development and Diversity: A Social Justice Model—Matthew Lopez-Phillips and Susan P. Trageser; 9) Ethics and Decision-Making—Elizabeth Baldizan; 10) Information Technology in Student Conduct Administration—John Zacker; PART TWO: CURRENT ISSUES: 11) Incivility On College Campuses—Brent G. Patterson and William L. Kibler; 12) First Amendment Issues—Saundra K. Schuster, Lee E. Bird and Mary-Beth Mackin; 13) Addressing Student Well-Being and Mental Health—Gary Dickstein and Annie Nebeker Christensen; 14) Dealing with Student Group Misconduct—Judith M. Haas and James L. Street Jr.; 15) Academic Integrity: Models, Case Studies, and Strategies—Patrick Drinan and Tricia Berttram Gallant; 16) Finding Our Voice as a Profession—James M. Lancaster and Diane M. Waryold.

Reviews & Endorsements:
"It clearly does a good job of providing thoughtful discussions about issues and concerns for the modern campus. I recommend it for those who are entering the field of student conduct practice as well as for those who are seeking more depth in their understanding of the student conduct process."
- The Review of Higher Education
Student Conduct Practice includes the thinking of notable experts in the profession and offers a smorgasbord of practical, insightful, up-to-date information for the student conduct and larger student affairs community. Editors James M. Lancaster and Diane M. Waryold compiled an astute guide that can be read from cover to cover or referenced as a particular issue arises. Whether you are an experienced professional or just commencing your professional journey, I highly recommend this guide as a source for practical guidance, relevant information and food for thought."
- Kim Martin-Anderson , University of Vermont, Journal of College Student Development