Annual Report 2015-2016

The mission of the Office of the Dean of Students is to educate students regarding the university’s expectations of behavior, to protect student’s rights, and to assure fairness and due process.

The Office of Dean of Students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock keeps the following core values and the center of all initiatives, processes and services offered:

  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Civility
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

The vision for Office of the Dean of Students is that the entire campus community will demonstrate civility and respect; that student conduct issues will be eliminated through ongoing training and education on behavioral standards; and that all students will successfully accomplish their goals at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

  1. Completed a comprehensive review of the UALR student handbook.
  2. Implemented Title IX/sexual misconduct training for all UALR students.
  3. Developed webinar series to promote continuing education and professional development. Topics included student success and youth on campus.
  4. Partnered with Office of Research and Sponsored Program (ORSP) to identify and submit an Office on Violence Against Women grant proposal to address sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking on campus.
  5. Collaborated with Enrollment Management to create an admissions clearance policy and process for justice-involved applicants.
  6. Developed and established a student death protocol.
  7. Continued partnership with Green Dot initiative; collaborated with Office of the Chancellor to put on the Green Dot Amazing Race event, during which students learned and were tested on campus safety, resources and bystander information.
  8. Presented on sexual misconduct, Title IX policy and reporting procedures.
  9. Partnered with the University Police and Counseling Services to develop Safety September. Events included were suicide prevention week and campus safety week.
  10. Presented campus safety tips and active shooter best practices to the campus community (a total of 12 active shooter presentations throughout the year).
  11. Participated in Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Survival Skills Workshop and presented on prevention and awareness of alcohol and drugs.
  12. Served and participated on the selection committee for several positions for university police and academic advising departments.
  13. Worked collaboratively with student housing, general counsel, and University Police to review and update the concealed carry/firearm policy and definition as outlined in the student handbook.
  14. Collaborated with Ottenheimer Library staff and student government association for the Late Night Study Breaks during finals week (both fall and spring semesters).
  15. Continued partnership with William H. Bowen School of Law administration to deal with both common and complex student issues.
  16. Provided housing resident assistant training on community standards, student code of conduct, and disciplinary processes.
  17. Served as a resource for faculty and staff to maintain campus civility and promote academic integrity.
  18. Served as an advocate for students’ rights.
  19. Attended Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) 2016 Conference, which provided a variety of professional development options through concurrent sessions, plenary speakers, an inspiring keynote and networking with colleagues, in addition to information and guidance concerning issues dealing with students.
  20. Assistant Dean of Students served as Staff Senator and on numerous Staff Senate committees.

Below you will find the UALR student conduct statistics for the 2015-2016 academic year. Data is disaggregated into five categories. These categories include: (1) incident type; (2) violation of student code; (3) violation outcome; (4) summary of sanctions; and (5) summary of gender. The following are the results:

Incident Type

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Office of the Dean of Students adjudicated 124 disciplinary cases, 3.9% decrease from the previous year of 129 cases. Of the 124 cases, 84.7% (105) behavioral and 15.3% (19) academic.

Pie chart displaying incident type data for academic year 2015-2016 (85% behavioral, 15% academic)

Violation of Student Code

During the 2015-2016 academic year there were 177 reported violations of the student code, a 1.1% increase from the previous year. Of the 177 reported violations, 39% (69) were conduct inappropriate for an academic setting; 11% (19) were academic dishonesty; 10% (18) were alcoholic beverages; 6% (11) were verbal abuse; 5% (8) were possession, sale, consumption of narcotics; 4% (7) were physical abuse; 4% (7) Title IX policy violations; 4% (7) violation of computer code of ethics; 3% (6) were unauthorized entry; 2% (4) were disrespect for authority; 2% (4) were unauthorized appropriation; 2% (4) were smoking on campus; 2% (3) were classroom disruption; 2% (3) were violation of sanctions; 1% (2) were destruction of property;  1% (2) were falsification, forgery, and dishonesty; 1% (2) were lewd, indecent, and obscene behavior; and 1% (1) hazing. Please note that many discipline case have multiple violations.

Bar chart displaying violation of student code data for academic year 2015-2016; number breakdown is listed in the text above this image

Violation Outcome

During the 2015-2016 academic year there were 177 violation outcome that were resolved, a 1.1% increase from the previous year. Of the 177 violation outcomes, 41% (72) were found responsible; 29% (51) were mediated; 23% (41) were dismissed; 3% were issued a settlement; 2% (4) were banned; and 2% (3) are still pending.

Pie chart displaying violation outcome data for academic year 2015-2016; number breakdown is in the text above this image

Summary of Sanctions

During the 2015-2016 academic year there were 212 sanctions imposed, a 8% decrease from the previous year. Of the 212 sanctions imposed, 36% (77) were given educational sanctions; 20% (43) were mediated; 10% (22) were placed on disciplinary warning; 9% (18) were placed on disciplinary probation; 8% (17)were dismissed;  4% (9) were issued an academic grade penalty; 3% (7) were referred for a counseling assessment; 2% (5) were banned from campus; 2% (5) were restricted of an activity; 2% (4) were reprimanded; 1% (3) were issued university and community service; and 1% (2) were suspended. Please note that each discipline case has multiple violations which yield multiple outcomes.

Pie chart displaying summary of sanctions data for academic year 2015-2016; number breakdown is in the text above this image

Summary of Gender

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Office of the Dean of Students adjudicated 124 disciplinary cases. Of the 124 adjudicated cases, 56% (70) were male students and 44% (54) were female students.

Bar chart displaying summary of gender data for academic year 2015-2016; 54 female and 70 male

  1. Rebrand the Office of the Dean of Students to a more functional and comprehensive name and description.
  2. Assist in revising concealed weapon policy to comply with changes in Arkansas State Law and regulations.
  3. Implement AlcoholEDU and AlcoholEDU sanctions with all-incoming students.
  4. Develop an assessment rubric and post-evaluation survey to increase effectiveness in the student conduct process.
  5. Rebrand the university behavioral intervention team (UBIT) to a more marketable, functional and comprehensive name.
  6. Formalize, recruit, and train Greek Life student leaders to participate in a Greek Life Review Board.
  7. Explore the possibility of holding an annual memorial service for deceased students, faculty/staff, and alumni.
  8. Partner with Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) to identify grants and donors to support the student development mission of the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) supports student learning and personal development through the enforcement of the student code of conduct, and promotion of ethical, civil, and responsible conduct.
  • During the 2015-2016 academic year, there were 177 violations of the student code. DOS adjudicated 124 disciplinary sanctions, with 212 imposed sanctions (cases with multiple violations yield multiple sanctions).
  • DOS staff have all been trained on new and updated requirements regarding Campus Safety and Security (Clery) Act and Title IX. Staff have also participated and provided guidance to UALR Title IX committee.
  • Implemented Title IX/sexual misconduct training for all UALR students.
  • Partnered with the University Police Department and Counseling Services to develop Safety September. Events included suicide prevention week and campus safety week.
  • Presented campus safety tips and active shooter best practices to the campus community (a total of 12 active shooter presentations throughout the year).
  • Served as a resource for faculty and staff to maintain campus civility and promote academic integrity.
  • Served as an advocate for students' rights.
  • Developed webinar series to promote continuing education and professional development.
  • Partnered with Office of Research and Sponsored Program (ORSP) to identify and submit a grant proposal.