The Conduct Connection

July 2014

Welcome to the monthly newsletter!

This newsletter will come out once a month and have lots of valuable information! Some of the content will be mandatory to read/watch and some will be optional - I will let you know in the email which are mandatory and which are not. The mandatory sections will include topics such as: additional training, explanation, follow up, etc. The optional sections will include articles, videos, and other forms of professional development. Hopefully you will find this a useful tool! Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, if you have topics you would like to see covered or if you want to guest write!
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Staying Organized

Your life as an AC/SC or RHD is really busy. It is important to set yourself up for success when it comes to staying on top of student conduct. Here are a couple simple ways to get you started:

  1. Create a cheat sheet to make sure you get everything completed - or use the one I gave you
  2. Put a reminder on your calendar for the 2nd and 16th of each month to check on any late sanctions
  3. If you flag someone, put a reminder on your calendar for one week out, and then one month out to remind yourself to follow up
  4. Every week , review your JA homepage to stay up-to-date and familiar with your cases
  5. Call or email me with any questions, concerns, or topics that you think may help everyone or yourself

You all do such important work in housing, anything I can do to help you feel confident in your role as a conduct officer, please let me know!

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Initial Meeting Tips

Have you ever felt like conduct meetings were like a doctors office with a revolving door? Sometimes it feels like you should just shout out, "Next!"

As you prepare for the upcoming year, I want to help you take some time to think about how to make the most out of your meetings with students. Some of the students that come into our offices for alleged violations are not feeling connected to UGA. You may be their first/only staff contact. It is important that we take the time to get to know our students and how we can help them in getting connected and succeeding here at UGA.

Below are some tips to consider:

  1. Schedule meetings for an hour so you do not feel rushed
  2. Take time on the front end to ask questions about how the student is doing, what classes they are taking, how their weekend was, etc.
  3. During the meeting, take time to ask questions about the behavior they allegedly engaged in and how they are feeling about it (being arrested, talking to their family members about it, etc)
  4. Ask questions about their major, hopes, dreams, where they see themselves in the future
  5. Ask them about how they are doing at UGA. What are they involved in? Are they feeling like this is home? Why did they choose UGA?

It is important that you read the student to see what they are comfortable sharing and talking about. Your initial attitude and demeanor will help in creating a open and engaging atmosphere in the meeting.

Check out these websites for further information and tips for how to ask questions in meetings and things to think about when having a conduct meeting: