Peer Conduct Council Positions

Who is the Peer Conduct Council?The Peer Conduct Council goal is to foster a stronger community through peer-to-peer education, which encompasses but is not limited to, conduct hearings, presentations, and co-facilitating restorative practices. The Peer Conduct Council is comprised of undergraduate student leaders dedicated to educating their fellow peers about living in community.

Peer Conduct Council members will experience a four-component leadership formation program.  Designed to combine critical thinking skills with opportunities to participate in leadership programs, the Peer Conduct Council is an opportunity to discover personal leadership styles while providing their peers with the information to assist them in making responsible decisions. 

Component #1 – Peer Conduct

Saint Mary’s College places a high value on having students participate in the discipline process because as peers of the involved students, they bring a unique perspective to the process and can help the participating students to better understand the impact of their actions on the SMC community.  The Peer Conduct Council and Peer Conduct Council Hearing Officers are responsible for hearing cases that involve violations that include, but not limited to quiet hours, vandalism, disorderly conduct, and low level alcohol and illegal drug violations. Members consider information presented by involved students and are responsible for determining whether students are responsible for the reported violation and recommending the best educational sanctions for the student. 

Component #2 – Leadership Skills 

Students on the Peer Conduct Council have the opportunity to participate in a variety of personalized leadership programs including workshops, retreats and activities.  Peer Conduct Council members will have opportunities to develop leadership skills from professionals across the division of Student Life (Dean of Students, NSFP, SIL, Residential Experience, Campus Housing and MECS).

Component #3 – Leadership Development Experiences

Leadership Development Experiences are opportunities for the council to gather to share common time together and working experiences.  These experiences are in the form of bi-weekly group in-service meetings and continued training. Leadership development skills that Council members will be exposed, to include, but are not limited to, motivational interviewing, conflict resolution, group facilitation, programming, critical and analytical thinking, communication and team decision making. 

Component #4- Peer Educator

Students on the Peer Conduct Council will serve as peer educators. Conducting educational programming which include alcohol and other drugs, responsible hosting, and living in community. The Council will also collaborate with Residential Experience staff. Members will serve as co-facilitators for restorative practices, such as community building and story circles. 

What is the time commitment?

Members’ time commitment to the Peer Conduct Council will vary depending on activities and the member’s schedule, however, participants can expect to dedicate roughly 10-12 hours per month to Peer Conduct Council activities.

How are students placed on the Peer Conduct Council?

The Office of Community Life determines membership from applications submitted by students. Students may be recommended for application through their peers, faculty and/or staff.

Peer Conduct Members have the opportunity to participate in a ride variety of ways as a member of the council. Once selected to become a member of the council, members can choose from the following positions. 

PCC Presenter: Members are available to provide the SMC community with the Office of Community Life presentations. This includes but is not limited to orientation presentations, resident hall presentations, and tabling events. Time commitment is 1-2 hours per month. 

PCC Panelist: Members sit on conduct board panels. Members are responsible for adjudicating SMC Student Code of Conduct violations. The time commitment is 2- to 8 hours per month. 

PCC Circle Facilitators: Members facilitate alcohol and other drug story circles, community building, impact, and healing circles for the SMC community. Members receive additional training and certification. The time commitment is 2 to 5 hours per month. 

PCC Hearing Officers: Members adjudicate low to mid-level violations of the SMC Student Code of Conduct. Members receive additional training and certification. The commitment is 2 to 3 hours per month. 

PCC AOD Peer Educator: 

A PCC AOD Peer Educator conducts one-to-one educational sessions, where the PCCAODPE advises our students on the potential harm with high-risk drinking and cannabis use for students that have been found to be in violation of the SMC Student Code of Conduct. This is a separate training and certification is required. Members will be certified during training. 

Responsibilities & Qualifications

The Peer Conduct Council is comprised of approximately ten (10) students.  Membership is determined from applications submitted by students. Students may be recommended for application through their peers, faculty and/or staff. 

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all required Peer Conduct Council training and/or orientation sessions.
  • Be in Good Academic Standing with the College. 
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Community Life.
  • Attend all scheduled Peer Conduct Council Hearings.
  • Enroll in EDUC-085 prior to application, or during the first semester of Peer Conduct Council membership.
  • Attend all bi-weekly meetings.

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Model good judgment and conduct outside Peer Conduct Council sessions. Being found responsible for a violation of the Code of Conduct may result in removal or suspension from membership on the Peer Conduct Council. 
  • Follow appropriate channels for expressing concerns and issues. 
  • Respond to emails from the Office of Community Life within 24 hours. 
  • Dress in business casual attire during hearings and/or wearing the Peer Conduct Council members designated shirt. 
  • Maintain confidentiality of all hearing proceedings and student case files. 
  • Attend all scheduled hearings for which you serve on the board, unless excused prior to the hearing by the advisor for reasons of illness or other emergency, conflict of interest, or concerns about your ability remain unbiased.
  • Arrive early to each hearing to review all case materials prior to hearing. 
  • Hear cases of student misconduct to determine responsibility and assign sanctions, if appropriate.
  • Understanding of the College’s Catholic, Lasallian & Liberal Arts traditions.
  • Understanding of the philosophy of the Student Code of Conduct, other College policies and the discipline system.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment, show compassion, and to be fair-minded.
  • Respect each student as individuals and treat each case as unique. 
  • Willingness to challenge peers and successfully manage social pressures.
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Currently enrolled student with a cumulative grade-point average of not less than 2.50.
  • Members of the Peer Conduct Council are appointed for one academic year- terms and may seek re-appointment at the end of the term.
  • Peer Conduct Council members should expect to be available approximately 10-12 hours per month.