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Our Staff

The Director and the Associate Director of the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards serve as advisors to the Student Disciplinary Board, IFC Judicial Board, Panhellenic Judicial Board, and the Student Tribunal. They 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 Brockman 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 Newman 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 Nandlal 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 

 

 

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Bethany M. Vanhooser, Coordinator of Special Projects in the Office of VCSL

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

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

Email: bvanhoos@utk.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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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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Jessica L. Simmons

B.S., 2016 – Biology, West Virginia State University

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

Email: SCCS3@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

 

 

 


Support Staff

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Margaret Taylor, Administrative Support Assistant III

B.F.A., 1988 – Graphic Design & Illustration, The University of Tennessee

 

 

 

 

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Erin Favier, Administrative Support Assistant II

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

 

 

 

 

Mararious Beals, Student Assistant

B.B.A in Marketing Candidate – The University of Tennessee

 

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