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Foundations of Student Conduct

This online series is an innovative way to train a new conduct officers, as a refresher for experienced conduct professionals, and training for those on BIT/CARE teams and faculty/staff who want to learn more about student conduct. The course offers a certification upon completion of a brief assessment at the end of the training. 


Participants receive six hours of course instruction, supplemental handouts, case studies and other resources. For certification, the course is priced at $625 per conduct staff team member. For non-certification and use with a wider audience (e.g., BIT/CARE, residential life staff), pricing is $6500 for one-year access for unlimited users.


Understanding the Code

  • Philosophy and sections of the code and types of misconduct
  • Overview of conduct process & understanding due process
  • Incident reports and sources of reports


Preliminary Review

  • Initial information gathering and understanding gatekeeping – what is conduct?
  • BIT and conduct; conduct and Title IX; BIT and law enforcement
  • Assigning allegations & conduct case components, jurisdiction


First Meeting

  • Remote vs. in-person
  • Building rapport and outlining the process
  • Student rights and responsibilities and review of supportive measures



  • Strategies for investigations and interview
  • Questioning techniques and bias awareness/cultural awareness
  • Trauma informed practices & documentation techniques


Resolution options

  • Conflict resolution, formal hearings, composition of hearing panel, administrative hearing panel, panel pool and appeals panel


Recording and administrative process


Sanctions and Support

  • Supporting the reporting and responding parties
  • Understanding interim actions (VRA, suspension, no-contact)
  • Sanctions review and application
  • Appeals process
  • Files and records


Available August 2023

Foundations of Student Conduct

  • Brian Van Brunt, EdD, is the Director of Behavior and Threat Management for D-Prep Safety. Author of over a dozen books, Brian has spent time as a child and family therapist, university professor, assistant deputy director of training at Secure Community Network, partner at TNG, and president of the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). He is an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment, mental illness, and instructional design. Brian has provided consulting services to schools, colleges, and universities across the country and abroad on a wide variety of topics related to student mental health, counseling, campus violence, and behavioral intervention.

    Nina Delgadillo, the Director of Safety for D-Prep, is a retired Senior Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, having 25 years of distinguished service. Nina was an instructor for ATF at the National Academy where she instructed courses on explosives investigation, undercover investigation, interviewing, and train the trainer. Nina conducted complex firearms, narcotics, explosive, arson, domestic/ international terrorism investigations, and undercover investigations. Her significant career investigations include the Unabomber investigation, the Williams Brothers investigation, and domestic and international terrorism cases following 9/11. Nina’s investigative work has been featured on national and syndicated shows. Nina has vast experience in crisis media management with regional and National media, and has trained and provided guidance on how to effectively engage with the media and the community. Following her ATF retirement, Nina became Director of the Office of Safe Schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District, where she managed a 2.8-million-dollar contract with the Sacramento Police Department and directed the district’s use of an online emergency management system. She also led a team of school resource officers, probation officers, and non-sworn personnel.

    Jeanne Clifton has over a decade of experience in education ranging from classroom teaching to one-on-one support. She is currently the reading & study skills coordinator for the TRIO SSS program at Salem State University, a federal grant supporting first-generation/low-income students and students with disabilities. She holds master’s degrees in both teaching and English, and is a licensed high school teacher. Jeanne also hosts the popular podcast, Actually Autistic Educator, which aims to amplify autistic voices and perspectives to educators, mental and physical health professionals, and allies. As an autistic adult with a joint disorder that creates limitations around walking, stairs, and standing and frequently requires the use of mobility aids such as crutches, a cane, or a wheelchair, advocacy is a passion, especially as it relates to education and mental health access.

    Tammy L. Hodo, PhD, has been working in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field for most of her professional career. Being biracial and reared in the Midwest, Tammy learned early on that race, although a social construct, impacts life chances and experiences. She has the lived experience of being both European American and African American. Coming from a middle-class family and being reared in a predominantly white space provided her opportunities she would later learn were not available to everyone that presented/looked like her. She has written peer-review articles about the experiences of minorities in academia.

    Amy Murphy, PhD, serves as an associate professor of student development and higher education leadership at Angelo State University. She is also the program coordinator for the M.Ed. in student development and leadership in higher education as well as the graduate certificate in academic advising, both fully online programs. Amy has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and student affairs. She is formerly the dean of students and managing director of the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University. Her experiences include chair of the school’s behavioral intervention team, oversight of prevention and response activities for gender-based violence and discrimination as the deputy Title IX coordinator for students, as well as administrative involvement in student conduct, disability services, counseling, and enrollment management.

    Chris Taylor, PhD, a 30-year veteran of higher education, serves as the dean of students and chief student affairs officer at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he has responsibility for counseling and wellness, student advocacy, student union and programs, recreational sports, residence life, and student conduct. He also chairs the university CARE and threat team. He has served on the leadership team for the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and has been a member of NASPA, ACPA, ACUHO-I, and the American Men's Studies Association. He is a trained Title IX adjudicator and has also worked with D Stafford and Associates as a national Clery Act consultant.

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