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Associate Dean of Students

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Categories: Staff
Department: Dean of Students

The Associate Dean of Students will administer the student Code of Responsibility at Davidson College, in collaboration with peers and colleagues in the Dean of Students Office, Residence Life Office, division of Student Life, and student, faculty and staff partners. 

The Associate Dean of Students will be the chief point of contact in the Dean of Students Office and in the division of Student Life on all matters pertaining to student conduct and student community standards.  As such, the Associate Dean will serve as a senior leader in the Student Life division whose priorities are: ensuring student conduct processes are implemented in alignment with the College’s Statement of Purpose and the Student Life mission statement; creating opportunities for student learning throughout the student conduct process; communicating broadly about the educational nature of the student conduct process; and continuing to advance Student Handbook changes that are consistent with the College’s Statement of Purpose and with institutional goals and aspirations.

The Associate Dean will work closely with Campus Police; Counseling and Student Health; General Counsel; fraternities, sororities, and eating houses in collaboration with the Patterson Court Advisor and the Student Activities Office; Residence Life; members of the student Honor Council; and faculty elected to serve as hearing panelists, appeals board panelists, and as members of the Student Conduct Council, a college committee that provides feedback to the Dean of Students on matters of student conduct.  Specific responsibilities are listed below.

The Associate Dean must be knowledgeable of emerging trends and current events in higher education, particularly as they regard student conduct and student rights and responsibilities.  The Associate Dean is a full-time, 40-hours per week, 12 months per year, salaried position that reports to the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students.


  1. Oversee the implementation and application of Code of the Responsibility policies and related Code of Disciplinary Procedures; address other Student Handbook policies and procedures as necessary.
  2. Train and convene the student and faculty hearing body that adjudicates alleged violations of the Code of Responsibility.   
  3. Facilitate communication, training, and ongoing professional development with Residence Life Area Coordinators in partnership with Associate Director of Residence Life/Assistant Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life.  Consult with Residence Life partners on training for hall counselors and resident assistants. 
  4. Participate in weekly incident management meetings to coordinate and align efforts of Dean of Students Office staff, Residence Life staff and other campus partners; coordinate distribution of cases between campus partners and hearing bodies. 
  5. Collaborate with the Patterson Court Advisor and Director of Student Activities to address and adjudicated alleged violations of Patterson Court policies and procedures, Code of Responsibility policies and procedures, and other standards pertaining to fraternity and sorority life.  Convene or advise Patterson Court hearing bodies and hearing processes.
  6. Chair the Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board.  Provide training to hearing board members, as necessary and in collaboration with other college administrations and leaders. 
  7. Provide information to Review Board.  Assist the Dean of Students and General Counsel on training for Review Board members.   
  8. Participate in Students of Concern meetings.  Participate in behavioral intervention or threat assessment meetings as needed.
  9. Manage student conduct database and information management system.  Provide statistics and reports to peers and colleagues and assist with Clery reporting, biennial reviews, and other compliance reporting.
  10. Share supervision of one administrative assistant.  Provide guidance to executive assistant to the Dean of Students on matters pertaining to student conduct.  Collaborate with Dean of Students Office staff to schedule hearings, coordinate appeals, provide appropriate notifications, and on other logistics.
  11. Coordinate and oversee annual updates to the Student Handbook.  Communicate changes to students and to employees, as necessary.
  12. Attend meetings of Student Conduct Council. 
  13. Co-chair or chair advisory committees or working groups seeking to strengthen and transform campus culture in areas such as high-risk drinking, bystander intervention, respect for others, and related opportunities to promote student learning and holistic well-being.
  14. Participate in on-call rotation for emergency response.
  15. Advise the student Honor Council as necessary in the absence of the Dean of Students.


A graduate degree in college student development, counseling, higher education, or a closely related field, is required. At least four years of demonstrated full-time experience in student conduct at an institution of higher education is required. Ability to relate effectively to college-aged students and to faculty and staff; and ability to work independently and collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff and other community partners. Knowledge of student development theories and their application, especially as they relate to student conduct, is important.  Familiarity with the law as it pertains to higher education, especially relating to student conduct, due process, and privacy, is also important.  Preferred qualifications include: experience administering Maxient; experience convening or chairing hearing boards; experience or training on Title IX processes; and demonstrated ability to relate to diverse cultures and to students and faculty representing a variety of areas of academic interests.     


To apply: Please visit http://employment.davidson.edu and complete the online application, along with a resume and cover letter.  Review of applications will begin November 15th and deadline for submissions is Monday, November 19th at noon. 



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