Just as the academic year kicked off, student conduct underwent changes to enhance its ability to support student success. For many years, a handful of staff members functioned to hold students and organizations accountable from within the Office of the Dean of Students, but now a team of six professionals on the second floor of the Iowa Memorial Union form the newly named Office of Student Accountability (OSA).
Tom Baker, a long-time conduct professional, Paige Townley, a 2017 addition to the area, Angela Ibrahim-Olin, the Assistant Director, and Genea Bean, the Administrative Services Coordinator, formed the core of the office prior to the relocation and name change.
Additional staff joined the team in 2018 starting with Anita Cory, whose primary focus is on student organizations. Cory’s extensive background in fraternity and sorority life, experience with student organization accountability, assessment, education, and student leader development provides expertise into the culture of student organizations, processes for holistically working with them, and a passion for fostering student development through organizations. Cory also shares duties in Student Care and Assistance area within the Office of the Dean of Students.
In the fall, after a national search, Angela Ibrahim-Olin was selected as the Director of the Office of Student Accountability. Ibrahim-Olin’s background includes work in residence life, orientation, and conduct at various universities. Ibrahim-Olin’s main responsibilities involve directing the office, oversight of student and student organization investigations, meeting with students to adjudicate minor policy violations, and providing sanctions for suspension and expulsion level cases.
In January, Krista Kronstein joined the office as a Title IX Investigator, specializing in investigating incidents of student sexual misconduct and sexual harassment. Kronstein comes to the University of Iowa with a background in student conduct, student support and assistance, and housing and residential life in the residential, liberal arts setting.
The Office of Student Accountability has launched several new projects this year. The Code of Student Life is in the midst of a comprehensive review and update that will ensure its language is more accessible to students and provide updates in keeping with best practices at peer institutions. The OSA implemented Swipe attendance tracking this spring and looks forward to greater understanding of usage patterns after reviewing the data. Finally, the OSA has begun developing learning outcomes associated with common sanctions for both individual students and organizations and will implement them in the next academic year.
Programming and outreach is an important piece of the work done by the Office of Student Accountability. The OSA also provides information to parents during summer orientation, to the fraternity & sorority life judicial boards, and this year created high-impact workshops for both fraternity and sorority chapter judicial chairs and new member educators. In addition, the OSA coordinated with Fraternity & Sorority Life, Department of Athletics, Recreational Services, Student Care and Assistance, and Residence Education to provide comprehensive programming, for the first time at the University of Iowa, during National Hazing Prevention
Week in late September. Through programming and outreach, the OSA connected with more than 1,100 students, leaders, and countless families this year.
The work of the Office of Student Accountability fosters student success by providing support and assistance to students who have allegedly violated the University’s policies. The OSA’s work also supports the thousands of students who never engage in misconduct while they are here. This work enables students to live, and ultimately thrive, on a college campus where policies are observed and respected.
2019 Year In Review
This article is part of the 2019 Year in Review, which highlights some of the Division of Student Life's accomplishments from the previous academic year.