Community Standards depends on its students, faculty, professional staff members for the time, energy, and the leadership that will enable the university to accomplish its mission. It is only through the service activities of students, faculty and professional staff that Community Standards is able to sustain strong shared governance.
Leadership Opportunities Available
Expand the sections below to learn more about each of the opportunities we have!
Hearing Panels are an active body of students, faculty and staff selected and trained by the Director of Community Standards. Panel members are knowledgeable of policies contained in the Code of Conduct, and are trained in evaluating the facts of a case. Panel members participate in all aspects of the conduct process, including listening to testimony, questioning respondents and witnesses, deliberations, determining responsibility and recommending sanctions. Undergraduate students will not serve on panels when allegations of sexual and interpersonal misconduct are under review.
Investigators of organizational misconduct are trained, neutral fact-gatherers who engage in the active accumulation of information when allegations of alcohol, drugs, physical violence, hazing, or demeaning behavior involving recognized student organizations or individuals closely linked to organizational activity, occurred in an environment permitted by the organization, or represented illegal or otherwise prohibited behavior condoned by the organization’s membership are reported. Investigators should possess a strong skill in writing concise, logical analytical reports to convey complex issues, work well with others and independently, are eager to learn, capable of receiving constructive feedback, have excellent judgment, exceptional critical thinking skills, and able to handle complex and sometimes sensitive situations.
Students and recognized organizations may have an advisor of their choosing, including an attorney, who are not otherwise involved in the case, accompany them in all stages of the conduct process, including investigation interviews, pre-hearing meetings, and the live hearing. Conduct Advisors are university trained community members who provide support and consultation to the student or organization that has requested their assistance, but do not represent them or serve as legal counsel. Conduct Advisors assisting with complaints of sexual harassment as defined under 34 CFR§106, eff. Aug. 14, 2020, will require additional training.
Advantages to Serving as a Leader in Community Standards
- Strengthen skills in critical thinking, sense-making, problem solving, leadership, conflict resolution and effective communication
- Increase knowledge and deepen competency in topics such as, the evolution student conduct, Title IX, the history of due process, and cultural humility
- Extensive collaboration with a diverse group of UNH community members
- Gain a unique insight into the student conduct process and share in the decision-making when students and organizations are accused of engaging in prohibited conduct
- Advocate for procedural changes and policy shifts when systemic issues that block student success become prevalent
- Promote and advance the University’s goals for diversity, equity and inclusion
- Set aside personal and/or organizational perspectives in order to establish a culture of integrity and accountability
Commitments & Requirements
- Attend orientation, observe live or mock hearings, participate and complete annual training from nationally recognized professional organizations and experts to ensure compliance with federal and state mandates
- Serve on at least three hearings per year
- Review and prepare hearing materials in advance and attend pre-hearing meetings particularly when cases involve complex and sensitive details
- Participate in closed group deliberations following live hearings
Students must meet and maintain the following requirements:
- Establish good academic standing and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher;
- First-year, first semester and transfer students are not eligible; however, applications may be submitted pending successful completion of their first semester
- Establish good behavioral standing or not have a substantial conduct history [or not currently be on a probationary or deferred suspension status]
- Be a currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate or professional student at UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester or the Franklin Pierce School of Law
Apply for a Leadership Opportunity
We accept applications for leadership opportunities throughout the year, with starting dates varying based on the next available training date. We encourage any individual who is interested in applying to attend one of our upcoming interest meetings. These meetings give you an opportunity to learn more about the roles, meet our team, and get answers to questions you may have.
- Interest Meeting Dates: TBA
- Fall 22 Training Dates: TBA