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Student Conduct in the Online Environment

Wednesday, April 16 at 1:00 PM
Des Moines University, Ryan Hall 281, Des Moines, IA, 50322 Show Map

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Today’s learning environment continues to evolve into more and more online class opportunities and distance learning programs. Students in these classes are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the campus community, but do they know exactly what is expected of them? 

As these classes become more abundant and accessible, your institution needs to ensure that clear policies are in place regarding academic integrity and online student conduct situations — and that you are prepared to adjudicate violations accordingly. 

What are the potential concerns?

How will you address behaviors exhibited by students participating in distance education programs and/or online courses?

In handling online student conduct violations, how will you honor the culture and policies of your institution of higher education?


  • Summarize the concerns involved with distance learning programs and online courses.
  • Develop clear student conduct policies for managing students in an online environment.
  • Better respond to cases originating from distance learning and online courses, including but not limited to cases involving threats to others, Title IX, academic integrity, and the use of types of social media to violate policy.
  • Develop a system for soliciting reports of possible violations from the campus community.
  • Learn strategies for effectively working with other campus entities in the handling of potential safety concerns that pose a threat to the community.


Ryan C. Holmes

Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP).

Mr. Holmes functions as Deputy Title IX Coordinator responsible for investigating student concerns. He completed a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland-College Park in 204 and as awarded a second Master’s degree (MA) in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies from La Salle University in 2008. Mr. Holmes is currently a doctoral candidate at UTEP. He has given various talks and presentations dealing with social justice, bias (as it relates to race, gender and other unchangeable traits) and entitlement, and also has publications in various areas of student affairs. Mr. Homes is also a past president of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).  

Laura Ulmer

Coordinator of Student Rights and Responsibilities at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Laura Ulmer has been an active member of the field of student affairs since 2005 when she began her graduate career in the College Student Personnel Program at Ohio University as a master’s student. Since 2007, Ulmer has served as the Director of Leadership and Organizational Development and Director of Academic Enrichment and Leadership at Wingate University and has served at the University of Louisville since 2010 as a member of the Dean of Students Office responsible for student conduct and crisis response. In her current role, Ulmer serves as a Title IX investigator and a 24-7 crisis responder.