Annual Report 2016-17

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

  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Civility
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

The vision for the 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.

Promotes student development through intentional services, programming and structures

  1. Rebranded the university behavioral intervention team (UBIT) to a more marketable, functional and comprehensive name (BIT) and structure.
  2. Developed a webinar series to promote continuing education and professional development. Topics included student success and minors on campus.
  3. Partnered with the University Police and Counseling Services on Safety September which included Suicide Prevention Week and Campus Safety Week.

Encourages a healthy university community

  1. Implemented AlcoholEDU in order to educate students on the dangers and negative outcomes of alcohol abuse. Information was sent via email to all new and residential students.
  2. Partnered with the Office of Health Services to implement unplanned pregnancy prevention training in order to educate students on the negative outcomes of unplanned pregnancy.
  3. Coordinated Title IX/sexual misconduct training for all UA Little Rock students.

Advocates for the excluded

  1. Served as an advocate for students’ rights.

Provides an environment in which students can pursue their educational goals

  1. Updated the UA Little Rock student handbook.
  2. Presented on sexual misconduct, Title IX policy and reporting procedures, campus safety tips and active shooter preparedness best practices to the campus community, including faculty, staff, and administrators.
  3. Served as a resource for faculty and staff to maintain campus civility and promote academic integrity.
  4. Continued partnership with William H. Bowen School of Law administration to deal with both common and complex student issues.
  5. Developed an assessment rubric and post-evaluation survey to increase effectiveness in the student conduct process.
  6. Collaborated with Ottenheimer Library staff and Student Government Association for the Late Night Study Breaks during finals week (both fall and spring semesters).

Other

  1. Attended Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) 2017 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.
  2. The assistant dean of students served on numerous university committees, as a staff senator and was elected president-elect of staff senate.

Below you will find the UA Little Rock student conduct statistics for the 2016-2017 academic year and data from the Alcohol Edu for College 2016-2017 Impact Report, which all indicate a decrease in numbers from last year's report. The student conduct data is dis-aggregated into five categories: (1) incident type; (2) violations of the student code; (3) violation outcomes; (4) summary of sanctions; and (5) summary of gender. The following are the results:

Incident Type

  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Office of the Dean of Students adjudicated 99 disciplinary cases, an 18% decrease from the previous year of 121 cases. Of the 99 cases, 57% of cases were behavioral; 34% were academic; and 9% were classified as informational.

Violations of the Student Code

  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, there were 144 reported violations of the student code, a 19% decrease from the previous year. Of the 144 reported violations, 31% were conduct inappropriate for an academic setting; 26% were academic dishonesty; 8% were physical abuse; 6% were Title IX policy violations; 6% were possession, sale, or consumption of narcotics; 4 % were violation of computer code of ethics; 4% were alcoholic beverages; 3% were destruction of property; 3% were falsification, forgery, and dishonesty; 3% were starting fires or other acts of arson; 2% were unauthorized possession; 2% were verbal abuse; 2% were possession of weapons; 1% were failure to respond to a summons; 1% were disrespect for authority; and 1% were violation of sanctions. Please note that many discipline cases have multiple violations.

Violation Outcomes

  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, there were 144 violation outcomes, a 19% decrease from the previous year. Of the 144 violation outcomes, 44% were found responsible; 26% were dismissed; 24% were mediated; 3% were banned; 3% were issued a settlement; and 1% of cases are still pending.

Summary of Sanctions

  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, there were 189 sanctions imposed, an 11% decrease from the previous year. Of the 189 sanctions imposed, 25% were educational sanctions; 18% were placed on a disciplinary warning; 14% were issued an academic grade penalty; 7% were dismissed; 7% were mediated; 6% were issued a no contact order; 6% were placed on disciplinary probation; 4% were referred for a counseling assessment; 4% were restricted of an activity; 3% were banned from campus; 2% were required to pay a restitution; 2% were suspended; and 1% were reprimanded. Please note that many discipline cases have multiple violations.

Summary of Gender

  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Office of the Dean of Students adjudicated 99 disciplinary cases. Of the 99 adjudicated cases, 53% were male students and 47% were female students.

 

Results from Alcohol EDU for College 2016-2017 Impact Report

Alcohol Edu data in this report were based on responses from 80 students at UA Little Rock who completed all three surveys (pre-assessment, post-assessment and follow up lessons) in the fall of 2016. Below are selected findings from the three assessments.

  • Five percent of students reported drinking in a high risk way, when measured midway through the fall term.
  • Twenty-six percent of students reported not drinking in the past 2 weeks, with 58% indicating not drinking in the past year.
  • Eighty-two percent of students, after completing Alcohol Edu reported that the course prepared them to make responsible decisions about drinking.
  • The most common drinking-related risk behaviors that students engaged in were (1) Pre-gaming and (2) Choosing a drink containing more alcohol.
  • Two of the most frequently reported negative consequences of drinking were (1) Blacked out and (2) Had a hangover.
  • Students reported that some of the most important reasons not to drink were because I want to fit in with a group I like and that I don't like the way I act when drinking.
  • 83% of students reported that Alcohol Edu prepared them to prevent an alcohol overdose.
  • 85% of students reported that Alcohol Edu prepared them to help someone who may have alcohol poisoning.
  • 82% of students reported that Alcohol Edu helped them establish a plan ahead of time to make responsible decisions about drinking.
  • 63%  of students reported that Alcohol Edu changed their perceptions of other's drinking behavior.

"Where Students Drink?": The most common location where students reported consuming alcohol in the past two weeks. Below are the findings:

  • 33% of students reported the most common location to consume alcohol in the past two weeks was at an off-campus residence.
  • 7% of students reported the most common location to consume alcohol in the past two weeks was at a Fraternity/Sorority party or lodge.
  • 7% of students reported the most common location to consume alcohol in the past two weeks was at a bar or nightclub.
  • 7% of students reported the most common location to consume alcohol in the past two weeks was at a restaurant.
  • 40% of students reported the most common location to consume alcohol in the past two weeks was at home.

"Student Reasons for Not Drinking?": Both drinkers and non-drinkers indicated their most important reasons for choosing whether or not to drink alcohol (survey 3, n=80). Below are the findings:

  • 73% of students indicated I'm going to drive as an important/very important reason when choosing not to drink; while 47% of students indicated that I don't want to spend the money as an important/very important reason when choosing not to drink.
  1. Build a case statement to raise private, unrestricted funds for student emergencies; establish a student emergency fund to help retain students at the university (opportunities for grants or rededicate unrestricted dollars)
  2. Formalize an all-Greek judicial board in partnership with Fraternity and Sorority Life, chapter advisers and alumni members to enhance the Greek experience
  3. Facilitate and hold a formalized memorial to recognize deceased students, faculty/staff, and alumni.
  4. Enhance classroom management techniques to empower faculty to foster student success and increase retention
  5. Coordinate the development of educational materials that foster identity, civility, self-actualization, and civic engagement
  6. To ensure accuracy, reconcile policies with faculty senate handbook
  7. Develop a briefing document for media inquiries that highlight programs and services centered around appropriate university policies and procedures
  1. Served as a resource for faculty and staff to maintain campus civility and promote academic integrity
  2. Served as an advocate for students’ rights
  3. Developed professional development webinar series including such topics as student success and minors on campus
  4. Presented on sexual misconduct, Title IX policy and reporting procedures
  5. Partnered with the University Police and Counseling Services to develop Safety September. Events included suicide prevention week and campus safety week
  6. Implemented AlcoholEDU in order to educate students on the dangers and negative outcomes of alcohol abuse
  7. Partnered with the Office of Health Services to implement unplanned pregnancy prevention training in order to educate students on the negative outcomes of unplanned pregnancy
  8. Coordinated the Title IX/sexual misconduct training for all UA Little Rock students