Student Organization Conduct

News headlines show us that student organizations are an area we need to better support, educate, and hold accountable. On college campuses, these organizations represent the full spectrum of the student population in pursuit of a myriad of interests. Our students engage in organizations that relate to personal betterment, cultural connections, legacy status, and physical engagement. Although no two organizations are the same, each one must similarly tackle the challenges posed by social expectations, operational decision making, and their group’s “traditions”. In navigating student organizations, the behaviors of the individuals or the collective membership may result in violations of policies, laws, rules, or regulations.

We can set up conduct practices that help to educate, hold students accountable, and enhance their experiences in student organizations. We can help them understand their responsibilities as leaders and members and engage in dialogue to better support our organizations. As the staff that address the organization's behavior, we are connected to the group’s success, failure, and growth. During this track, we will explore:

  • Laws and regulations informing our work
  • Examination of issues surrounding the identity of groups
  • Best practices for investigative techniques
  • Evaluating institutional due process/fundamental fairness afforded to student organizations
  • Sanctions and education we provide for student organizations
  • Collaboration with internal and external partners and stakeholders


To view presenter biographies please visit our Meet The Gehring Team page.

Brittany Dawson (Faculty Fellow)
Christina Parle
(Track Coordinator)
Kathleen Shupenko (Faculty)
Jaclyn Stelmaszczyk (Faculty)
Mary Zuchovicki (Faculty)