Southern Methodist University — Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards (Office of the Dean of Students)

Salary Range:
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU
SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Position:
This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards facilitates the student conduct process for Southern Methodist University (SMU), including oversight for the hearing, adjudicating, and determination of responsibility for alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Director educates the University community about the Code of Conduct and responsible behavior and oversees the training and advising of the University hearing boards, hearing officers, and Honor Council. The Director also supervises two staff members within the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversees and facilitates the hearing, adjudication, and determinations of responsibility for alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct for individuals and student organizations.
  • Advises faculty and staff members regarding the student conduct process as well as third parties, including parents, related to conduct questions.
  • Coordinates assessment initiatives and regular reporting regarding student conduct, including Clery reporting, SACS reporting, and database management.
  • Supervises two staff members within the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of an outreach plan designed to build relationships that help to educate the SMU student community about the Code of Conduct and responsible behavior.
  • Oversees the training and advising of the University hearing boards, hearing officers, and Honor Council.
  • Serves on University and Division committees as requested, including the Dean of Students Leadership Team, the Caring Community Connections Team, and the Bias Education Response Team.


Education and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in higher education or related field is required. Doctoral degree or J.D. is preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of experience working with University conduct systems and understanding knowledge of pertinent federal and state legislation regarding conduct in higher education is required.
  • Three years of supervisory/management experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must possess strong critical thinking and analytical skills, including the ability to investigate, observe, and resolve multiple complex issues and situations in a timely manner.
  • Candidate must have high-level interpersonal skills, with the ability to maintain effective working relationships with other departments.
  • Candidate must possess the ability to handle crises and potentially volatile situations and maintain objectivity.
  • Candidate must be able to handle sensitive information with complete confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Candidate must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Candidate must have well developed organizational skills that include effective planning, time management, and the ability to handle multiple tasks/projects.
  • Candidate must be accurate and detail oriented, including financial responsibility, recommended use of budgetary funds and monitoring of expenditures against budget.
  • This position will require some evening and weekend work, including after-hours crisis management.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required. Experience with an electronic record keeping system is also required. Familiarity with Maxient is preferred.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
Sit for long periods of time
Carry/lift 25 lbs.

Deadline to Apply:
Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by February 3, 2023.

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:
SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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