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Volunteers recruited to support community standards process

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Karen Metzner, Center for Community Standards

By Chantell Cosner, Division of Student Affairs

The Center for Community Standards — formerly The Office of Student Conduct — is seeking WSU faculty and staff volunteers to help guide students through the community standards process.

Volunteers, known as advisors, will help students throughout this sometimes complicated process, providing them with the support they may need to understand their rights and responsibilities.

Selected advisors are expected to be compassionate to each student’s situation and prioritize their success and education. Those looking to have a direct and positive impact on the lives of students are encouraged to apply.

“The community standards process can be overwhelming for students,” said Karen Metzner, Center for Community Standards. “Having someone to talk with about the process gives a student an opportunity to be informed about how they play an active role in their community standards experience.”

Volunteers do not need previous experience in student conduct and will be required to participate in online and in‑person training. Once trained, advisors will spend approximately 10 hours a month working one‑on‑one with students on an independent basis.

“Supporting and educating students during our community standards process can result in a lot of growth moments for them,” said Metzner. “This is a great way for our faculty and staff to work with students in a different capacity outside of their normal day‑to‑day jobs.”

Faculty and staff from the WSU system, including Global Campus, can express their interest via an online application. Employees who report through the Dean of Students are not eligible to apply. For more information, contact Karen Metzner with the Center for Community Standards, 509‑335‑4532, kmetzner@wsu.edu.

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