Changing Approaches to Student Discipline

Incorporating Student Behavior Assessment into Student Disciplinary Practices

Topics: Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Risk Management, Administration and Finance

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This brief profiles student discipline and threat assessment policies student affairs administrators examine as a result of increasing concerns about the rising number of threats and acts of violence on college campuses across the country. The brief describes how institutions develop behavior intervention teams to identify and intervene with students who display troubling behavior. It also describes restorative justice and student disciplinary action procedures to respond to threats or acts of violence.

Research Questions

  • How do administrators balance competing punitive and educational priorities through the disciplinary process?
  • What are the criteria to determine if a threat requires disciplinary action?
  • What support measures are available for alleged victims and the accused offenders during the disciplinary process?