Advocacy Sanctioning: Developing Tailored Student Conduct Plans Webcast Recording



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Learn how to use advocacy sanctioning to find conduct sanctions that are both effective and customized to your students’ needs. Not only can these sanctions produce a higher level of learning among students, but they can also lower recidivism. During this training you will explore ways to apply advocacy sanctioning methods to your student conduct practice.

Defining “Advocacy Sanctioning”

Advocacy sanctioning is not strictly punitive; it responds to the developmental needs of the student, including academic, financial, emotional well-being, and identity. This methodology of sanctioning helps students form lasting connections with resources on campusincluding their conduct officerin order to increase retention, lower recidivism, and encourage success. Sanctions are structured to include follow-up, reflection, goal-setting, as well as required meetings, activities, or involvement on campus. Advocacy sanctions can be paired with punitive sanctions, such as warnings or probation, or be included in an agreement to return to campus after a suspension.

Who Should Attend

  • Dean of students
  • Residence life staff
  • Conduct officers
  • Health promotion/wellness staff
  • Community service program staff

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to apply advocacy sanctioning to your student conduct practice.


  • What is Advocacy Sanctioning?
  • Utilization of faculty/staff for advocacy and advisory programs
  • Methods to apply advocacy sanctioning
    • Formalized tools
    • Rubrics
    • Low-cost alternatives to traditional sanctioning


Amanda Mesirow, Coordinator, Code of Conduct, Moraine Valley Community College

Amanda Mesirow has worked in residence life for over ten years. She earned her MS in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Kansas State University. She has served on multiple Behavior Intervention Teams, Title IX/Sexual Misconduct committees, and regional professional committees.  Mesirow has presented and published numerous times; most often on topics of social justice and inclusiveness, campus threat assessment and safety, and crisis management. She has completed certifications and trainings for FEMA and violent incident defense/survival training for active shooters and campus crisis management. In her current role, Mesirow develops and provides training through her office on responding to students of concern and safety protocols for faculty, staff, and students, as well as collaborating with those same groups on creating a safe campus community. Mesirow has worked on large public, small private, and religiously-affiliated campuses, and recently transitioned to a community college setting just outside of Chicago. She is also an active member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).


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