Student Conduct Advocacy
The Student Advocate Program for Students (Non-Title IX)
Need help preparing for a hearing, filing a report, or submitting an appeal request? Don't know anyone who can help advise you? Contact a Student Conduct Advocate! Please note, SCAs are not trained to act as advisors under the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct grievance process.
What is the Student Conduct Advocate Program?
- An optional program for students to request assistance from volunteer professional staff members who serve as Student Conduct Advocates (SCA).
- Most SCAs work outside of the Dean of Students Office in order to provide objective consultations for students engaged in the student conduct process.
- The program is a resource for students going through or involved in the student conduct process and who may want support or have questions about a case, incident, or situation of concern.
- SCAs can provide students with guidance on how to best prepare for a hearing, submit an incident report, enter an appeal request, or provide consultation on other student conduct processes.
- SCAs act as a neutral party for the student, have no influence or direct involvement in a given case, and is only involved to the extent the student wishes.
- Participation in the program is mutually optional for both the students and volunteer SCAs.
How can a Student Conduct Advocate help?
- Review the steps and phases of the student conduct process.
- Answer questions about student conduct policies and procedures.
- Clarify student rights during the student conduct/hearing process.
- Help students feel more comfortable and confident going into a hearing.
- Advise students on the student conduct appeal process.
- Provide support and referrals to the student as needed.
- For more information consult the FAQ page about the Role of Advocates.
What a Student Conduct Advocate can't do?
- Prepare case presentations, appeal statements or other documents for students.
- Influence an outcome or mediate a resolution to the incident.
- Help students find "loopholes" in the student conduct process.
- Gain access to student's records without their consent
Who is a Student Conduct Advocate on campus?
Advocates are volunteers who give of their time to help students. Volunteers are not mandated or required to be Student Conduct Advocates nor are students required to utilize this program.
- Leah Cassellia, Senior Director of the McFarland Student Union
- Amanda Garcia, Assistant Director of the McFarland Student Union
- Lisa Grabowski, Coordinator of New Student Orientation
- Sue Haas, Financial Aid Counselor
- Bill Lendzinkski, Assistant Director of Clinical Services
- Baron Vanderburg, Assistant Director of Admissions
How to connect with a Student Conduct Advocate?
To request support from an advocate, a Kutztown University student may email one of the advocates listed above from their KU email account for assistance. If you have trouble getting in contact with an advocate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office (610-683-1320) for assistance.