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Our Staff

The Director and the Associate Director of the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards are responsible for ensuring that the disciplinary policies set forth in Hilltopics are observed and that student rights are protected. Additionally, the Director and Associate Director coordinate the investigation of cases and monitor students on disciplinary probation.

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Betsy B. Smith, Director  

B.A., 2006 – Political Science & Sociology, The University of Tennessee

J.D., 2009 — Concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, The University of Tennessee

Email: bbsmith@utk.edu

 

 

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Amanda N. Samsel, Associate Director

B.S., 2004 – Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University

M.Ed., 2006 — Higher Education Administration, Middle Tennessee State University

Email: asamsel@utk.edu

 

 

Shalin N.Shah, Coordinator 

B.S., 2014 – Political Science, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

M.S. 2017 – College Student Personnel, The University of Tennessee

Email: sshah@utk.edu 

 

 


Title IX Investigators

Title IX Investigators work to ensure institutional compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972 Civil Rights Act, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, and other related federal and state laws.

Na’Tasha J. Webb-Prather

B.A., 2011 – Political Science and African American Studies, Syracuse University

J.D., 2016 – The University of Georgia School of Law

Email: nwebbprather@tennessee.edu

Michelle R. Buck

B.A., 2006 – Political Science and English Literature, Miami University

J.D., 2009 – Temple University Beasley School of Law

Email: michelle.buck@tennessee.edu


Student Conduct Assistants

Student Conduct Assistants are graduate assistants who work 20 hours per week in the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards. Student Conduct Assistants investigate reports of student misconduct and conduct meetings with students who visit the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards. Additionally, Student Conduct Assistants serve as student representatives and university representatives in disciplinary proceedings conducted before Student Disciplinary Boards and Academic Review Boards.

 

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Bethany M. Vanhooser

B.S., 2015 – Political Science and Economics, The University of Tennessee

M.S., 2016 – Master of Public Policy and Administration, The University of Tennessee

J.D. Candidate 2020, College of Law, The University of Tennessee

   Email: SCCS2@utk.edu

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Shaun G. McComas

B.S.S.W 2016 – Social Work, The University of Tennessee

M.S.S.W 2017 Candidate – Social Work, The University of Tennessee

Email: SCCS1@utk.edu

 

 

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Sydney E. Scheiner

B.A., 2016 – Communications: Interpersonal Communications, The University of Delaware

M.S., 2018 Candidate – Master of College Student Personnel, The University of Tennessee

Email: SCCS6@utk.edu

 

 

 

 

Drew T. Ashby-Kin

B.A., 2017 – Communications: Organizational Communication, Bowling Green State University

M.S., 2019 Candidate – Master of College Student Personnel, The University of Tennessee

Email: SCCS3@utk.edu

 


Support Staff

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Erin Favier, Administrative Support Assistant II

B.A., 2016 – Political Science, The University of Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

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