Leadership & Service Opportunities

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!

Panel Hearings are high-level proceedings assembled with an august and deliberative body of Panel Officers. Panelists are trained community members, vested with the authority to, among other duties, investigate and review allegations of academic and behavioral prohibited conduct involving students and recognized student organizations, determine the appropriate resolution and avail the full range of sanctions, including University Dismissal (students) or Permanent Loss of University Recognition (organizations) – the highest modes of discipline.  

Investigators of are trained, neutral fact-gatherers who engage in an active accumulation of information and draft an investigative report, but do not determine if a policy violation has occurred. 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, exceptional critical thinking skills, and able to handle sometimes sensitive situations without imposing their own judgement. 

Conduct Advisors ensure that students can freely access and fully participate in university disciplinary proceedings by helping students maneuver a technically complicated and emotionally challenging process in an informed way. Conduct Advisors guide students through each stage of the conduct process and also provide emotional support to their advisees by building rapport and guiding their advisee through a real-world situation with impactful consequences for all involved. Conduct Advisors in Title IX hearings have two functions: to serve as a support person and to conduct cross-examination during disciplinary proceedings. 

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
  • Meaningful collaboration with a diverse group of UNH community members who represent a cross section of the University
  • Acquire unique insight into the student conduct process and share in the decision-making when students and organizations are accused of engaging in prohibited conduct
  • Serve as an advocate for organizational change and policy shifts when systemic issues that block student success become prevalent
  • Promote and advance the University’s goals for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility 
  • Set aside personal and/or organizational perspectives in order to establish a culture of integrity and accountability 
Commitments & Requirements
Time Commitments
  • 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 situations are complex and sensitive
  • 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 and transfer students are not eligible to serve in this capacity during their first semester; however, applications may be submitted pending a successful academic transition to university life 
  • Establish good behavioral standing or not have a substantial conduct history. Students may not be on a active probationary status, and previously suspended students are ineligible
  • Be a currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate or professional student on the main campus in Durham or at UNH College of Professional Studies (Manchester and Online) or the Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord
Apply for a Leadership Opportunity

Community Standards accepts applications for leadership opportunities at certain intervals throughout the year, with starting dates varying based on need.

If you are interested in applying for a leadership role, we strongly encourage that you attend an informational session to understand how the university-wide conduct system operates, the mission and vision of Community Standards, the responsibilities and expectations of each position, meet our team, and answer any questions you may have.

Spring 2023 Interest Meeting Dates: 

  • February 10, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • February 15, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (MUB 321)
  • February 17, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (Diamond Library 343)

2023 -2024 Interest Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines: TBA

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