Enjoy a History of and Road Map to Ed's 21st Century Model Student Conduct Code

Ed Stoner's Manual "Reviewing Your Student Discipline Policy: A Project Worth the Investment"

"Be motivated to read this. It explains in concise and non-legalese how to make sure your strudent disciplinary process works within the guidelines established by law to resolve problems and heal. The entire academic and student community benefits when the student disciplinary process works well."  -- Dr. Donald D. Gehring

Ed Stoner's Model Codes for Student Conduct evolved from his legal practice representing colleges and universities.

He first did legal work for the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost in the 1970's. This work included allegations of sexual assaults between college students. He did his first campus judicial board training at Duquesne University.

The first student conduct code Ed helped to revise was at Duquesne University in the early 1980's. He observed campus judicial board hearings and worked with a committee of students, faculty and administrators, a common model for such work. He gained valuable experience by participating in that revision process and, as the campus lawyer, by defending the student discipline that resulted from the revised process.

Ed was privileged to work at Duquesne with Dr. Dennis C. Golden. Dr. Golden was Chief Student Affairs Officer for Duquesne in that era and also served as President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He is now the President of Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

Ed was a founding member of the Association of Student Judicial Affairs was formed in 1988. By then, Ed had his own working outline of best practices in student affairs and in student conduct codes. Dr. Donald D. Gehring encouraged Ed to turn his outline into a publicly available document. With the able assistance of Kathy Cerminara, another Reed Smith attorney, Ed published his first Model Student Conduct Code in the Journal of College and University Law in 1990. Ed's first Model Student Conduct Code was widely used.
Ed continued to provide legal advice not only to Duquesne University but also to a number of other schools, including Westminster College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Allegheny College, Thiel College, Carlow College, Chatham College, Washington & Jefferson College, Grove City College, Carnegie Mellon University and Juniata College.

Ed's work with NACUA, ASJA, and CALCASA also led him to work with other colleges across the country to revise their student conduct codes and/or to adopt best practices in student affairs, to train judicial board, and /or to deal with sexual conduct cases. These schools included the University of Colorado-Boulder, DePauw University, Bowling Green State University, Illinois State University, St. Mary's College (IN), Columbia University and the University of Rhode Island.

In 1991, Ed met John Wesley Lowery. John was a graduate student when he attended one of Ed's student affairs workshops at the College of Charleston. By the turn of the century, Dr. Lowery had become a noted professor of higher education at the University of South Carolina and John urged Ed to write a 21st Century version of the Model Student Conduct Code.

The current Model Code is a result of Dr. Lowery's cajoling, their collaborative work, and the kind suggestions of many colleagues and users of Ed Stoner's first Model Student Conduct Code.

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Road Map

The Model Code consists of three complimentary parts.

The first, a narrative segment, discusses the history of college student discipline and the responses of real courts and real judicial systems to the "Spirit of Insubordination" of college students. It is meant to be a primer for anyone working with a student conduct code -- whether student affairs professional, student, parent, lawyer or journalist. It may be used in campus judicial board training.

The second part, beginning at page 18, is the text of the Model Code. It is not meant to be adopted word for word. It is intended to be used as a checklist for a variety of issues when one is adopting or revising a campus code or when one is considering the type of training to provide for a campus judicial board.

The third part of Ed Stoner's 21st Century Model Code, beginning at page 64, is a Model Hearing Script. The purpose of this Model Hearing Script is to enable student affairs professionals to provide a hearing system for determining "what happened" that is modeled after other student-friendly good campus practices. It helps one to avoid the bad features found in the criminal and civil law judicial systems.

Users may reproduce the 21st Century Model Code, or parts of it, for educational and policy developmental use purposes on campus without further permission. A citation to our article and website (www.edstoner.com) would be appreciated!

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Good luck!