Major updates to the Duke Community Standard
Dear Duke Family,
I am Latosha M. Williams, M.Ed. and I am excited to serve as Duke's new Director for the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) and an Associate Dean of Students in the Dean of Students Office at Duke.
I would like to be one of the first to congratulate you on a successful first week of classes and welcome you to the Fall semester at Duke! The OSCCS is here to encourage honesty, integrity, and respect within the campus community as promoted by our honor code: the Duke Community Standard (DCS).
Each year we revise the DCS and we are excited to release the 2023-2024 Duke Community Standard in our new campaign to #HoldHightheStandardatDuke!!
What is the Duke Community Standard?
Historically referred to as the "Honor Code", the Duke Community Standard is a set of standards and expectations that Duke has for all of our community members.
Our Duke Community Standard helps us maintain a safe and healthy living and learning environment where you can learn in your intended major, grow as a maturing adult, participate in a wide array of engagement activities on campus, research with faculty, network with future employers, connect meaningfully with peers, and lead with integrity! With such exciting opportunities ahead of you for Fall 2023, there also comes great responsibility.
As a member of the Duke Community, you are expected to #HoldHightheStandardatDuke. This means committing to acting with integrity both in and out of the classroom, familiarizing yourself with all of Duke's Policies, Rules, and Regulations, treating everyone in this community (and beyond) with respect and civility, and encouraging your peers to do the same.
Honor Code Pledge
Join me in sharing how you intend to #holdhighthestandardatDuke and make the following commitment:
"To uphold the Duke Community Standard:
I will not lie, cheat, or steal in my academic endeavors;
I will conduct myself honorably in all my endeavors; and
I will act if the Standard is compromised."
Wishing you a fun, safe, and productive Fall 2023! Go Duke!
Latosha M. Williams, M.Ed.
Associate Dean of Students & Director
Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards
919-684-6938 | email@example.com | www.students.duke.edu/osccs
Learn more about the changes you'll see in this year's Community Standard, as well as other updates from our office.
Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership skills and stand out among your peers? Consider becoming a Conduct Intern for 2023-2024.
New Disciplinary Record Reporting Policy
OSCCS is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your conduct records. We will never share any of your conduct history externally without your authorization or a subpoena from the court of law.
To learn more about what information OSCCS shares (only when authorized) see our new "Policy on Reporting Undergraduate Disciplinary Matters."
If you see something, say something
When you commit to #HoldHightheStandardatDuke, you commit to doing your part to meet the expectations of Duke's Community Standard first, and then to encourage your peers to do the same.
If your peers are making decisions that do not uphold the Duke Community Standard, there are 3 things you can do:
- Separate yourself from the incident or behavior
- Speak up and confront them directly
- Share with another member of the community that can help such as a Resident Assistant, Residence Coordinator, DUPD, a Faculty member, or OSCCS
To share information about possible violations of the Duke Community Standard you can submit an OSCCS Incident Report here:
The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS) encourages honesty, integrity, and respect within the campus community as promoted by our honor code.
Associate Dean of Students and Director, OSCCS
Associate Dean Williams joined Duke University in May 2023 after serving as an Associate Director in the Office of Student Conduct at NC State University. In Dean Williams’s role with NC State she supported complainants and respondents moving through Title IX/Sexual Misconduct processes, adjudicated matters of misconduct for all students, and managed the Office’s Assessment practices. Prior to NC State, Dean Williams was an Associate Director of Student Conduct in Residence Life at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where adjudicated high-level conduct cases and served as a care case manager for a residential campus of over 11,000 students. Dean Williams obtained her Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration at NC State University in Raleigh, NC and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.
Dean Williams is a California girl (Born and raised in the Bay Area, CA) with southern roots (in Fayetteville, NC) and enjoys spending time with her family (specifically her 4 nieces and nephews) on weekends.
Associate Dean of Students
Associate Dean Victoria Krebs (she/her) provides outreach and support for students who report or are accused of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct. Dean Krebs has been at Duke since 2015, and in 2020 she began working on adaptable resolution cases, which offer students the option to resolve cases of harassment or misconduct outside of the formal conduct process. Dean Krebs holds a J.D. from the University of Tennessee, a M.S. in education from the University of Rochester, and a B.A. in psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Outside of Duke, Dean Krebs enjoys spending time hiking, reading, playing games (especially Mah Jongg) and doing wildlife rehabilitation for orphaned baby squirrels. Her office is in 113 Student Wellness and she always enjoys visiting with students. Please call or stop by if she can ever be of any assistance to you.
Dean Krebs can be reached at 919-684-7336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant Dean of Students
Assistant Dean Hardy joined Duke University in 2020 as an Assistant Dean of Students. Dean Hardy previously served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at UNC Greensboro and a Conduct Specialist at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dean Hardy has earned a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication from East Carolina University.
Outside of Duke, Dean Hardy enjoys spending time with his parrot and two dogs. He also enjoys working as a hobby beekeeper and working out at his local boxing gym. Dean Hardy's office is on the 2nd floor of Crowell and students are always welcome to drop by to ask questions or just say hello!
Assistant Dean of Students
Assistant Dean Lash, Jr. joined Duke University in 2019. Dean Lash, Jr. previously served as a Senior Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards at Duke and as a Residence Coordinator in Housing and Residence Life at Duke. Dean Lash Jr. earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology (Social Service Track) from California State University, San Bernardino, and his Master's degree in Higher Education Leadership from Valdosta State University.
Dean Lash, Jr. genuinely enjoys facilitating and having authentic and intentional conversations with students, staff, and faculty. Dean Lash, Jr. is an advocate and byproduct of the following values: self-reflection, communication, empathy, resiliency, unity, and accountability.
Dean Lash, Jr.’s welcome message: "Welcome back to Durham, Blue Devils. As you navigate the Fall 2023 semester, don't be afraid to be proud of your accomplishments, yet please be just as quick to give yourself grace when internal and external expectations are not met. Continue to bloom wherever you are planted, uplift one another, and embrace the unique communities and opportunities at Duke.
Take a look at the types of incidents reported to our office, as well as the resolution paths available.
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