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The Advocacy Program is an Institute initiative designed to provide students with a supportive RIT faculty or staff partner as they engage in the student conduct process. Incidents that students find themselves involved in are often complex, overwhelming and confusing. The Advocate can be a steadying influence during a turbulent experience.

 

Students are given the option of working with an Advocate for both Formal and Informal Conduct hearings.

 

An Advocate may play a formal role both prior to the Student Conduct hearing as well as during the hearing.

 

The role of the Advocate prior to the hearing is:

  • To meet with the student in preparation for the hearing.
  • To assist the student in understanding RIT policies
  • To assist the student in understanding the procedures of the conduct process
  • To help the student access appropriate Institute resources

 

The RIT Student Conduct process is educational in nature and is intended to address student misconduct in accordance with RIT's community expectations. As an educational experience, the participating student is expected to take primary responsibility for responding to the incident in question.

 

 

During the hearing, the Advocate's role may include "active participation" under the following guidelines:

  • "Active Participation" may range from silent support to assisting the student in making statements and responding to questions.
  • The Advocate may assist the student in clarifying information pertinent to the incident
  • The Advocate does not "represent" the student in the hearing
  • The Advocate is considered a supportive partner in the educational process; not an adversary
  • The Advocate does not serve as a "character witness" for the student

 

Students have several options when choosing to work with an Advocate. A student may:

  • Select a specific person from the list of trained Advocates provided by Student Conduct
  • Request that a selection be made for them from the list of trained Advocates. The Advocacy Coordinator will then arrange the Advocate assignment.
  • Select an RIT faculty/staff member with whom they are familiar. Brief training will be provided to that person by the Advocacy Coordinator.

Following is a current list of advocates:

  • Adrienne Morgan…NTID Student Life Team
  • Amy Stornello...NTID Admissions
  • Astrid Jones…NTID Student Life Team
  • Barbara Randall...Facilities Management Services
  • Becky Kiely …Purchasing
  • Ben Emke…Athletics
  • Bill Garno…Athletics
  • Bob McVean - Athletics
  • Bobby Pelphrey…Academic Support Center
  • Brenda Mastrangelo...College of Science
  • Brooke Erickson…NTID Liberal Studies
  • Bryan Lloyd...NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Charles Hall …IT Services
  • Charles Hendrix…Dining Services
  • Chintana Phetphanh, SAISD
  • Chris Collison…College of Science
  • Christine Snell…ITS Operations
  • Christine VanHemel...Institute Audit
  • Colleen Johnson …Academic Support Center
  • Cynthia Lucas... NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Dan Hickey… Academic Support Center
  • Daniele Brown...Academic Support Center
  • Darci Lane…Center for Women and Gender
  • David Woodhams…Facilities Management Services
  • Dawn Herman...Academic Support Center
  • Debbye Byrne, NTID Student Life Team
  • Del Dagel… NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Desmona Carter...Facilities Management Services
  • Dewey Lawrence...CAST
  • Diana Lippa…Dining Services
  • Diane Selleck…College of Engineering
  • Dominic Pillittere…Dining Services
  • Donna McGowan Smith…CAST
  • Donna Rubin…Student Wellness Initiative
  • Fran Versace…ITS Business Services
  • Gene Clark…Enrollment Management and Career Services
  • Greg Ott...Facilities Management Services
  • Hamad Ghazle...Ctr. for Bioscience Ed. & Technology
  • Hans Peter Bischof…GCCIS
  • Heidi Miller … College of Science
  • Helen Timberlake…College of Science
  • Jacob Noel-Storr…College of Science
  • Jacqueline Ott...Wallace Library
  • Jan Strine…NTID Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Jane Mullins… NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Jenn Hinton....GCCIS
  • Jennifer Gravitz ...NTID Liberal Studies
  • Jessica Cuculick…NTID Liberal Studies
  • Joanne Lindsey…Housing Operations
  • John Macko … NTID Center for Employment
  • Jonathan Ntheketha...Multicultural Center for Academic Success
  • Josh Bauroth...Academic Support Center
  • Joshua Snyder, English Language Center
  • Joyelle Proctor, CAST
  • Julie Olney…College of Engineering
  • Karen Hirst…College of Engineering
  • Karen Pelc ... Student Health Center
  • Kate Blackburn…International Student Services
  • Kathleen Doskus… NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Keith Jenkins …Office of the Provost
  • Kerry Hughes…SIS Implementation
  • Kip Webster…NTID Interpreting
  • Lana Verschage…GCCIS
  • Lance Strasser…Dining Services
  • Latty Goodwin...Calendar Conversion for S.A.
  • Lauren Shields…GCCIS
  • Len Urso…CIAS
  • Lilli Jensen…International Student Services
  • Linda Bryant...NTID First Year Experience
  • Lynne Mazadoorian, Academic Advising Office
  • Markie Hoblit… NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Mary Pat Magde...NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Matt Searls… NTID
  • Matthew Lake...GCCIS
  • Maureen Barry ...Academic Support Center
  • Maureen McGrath...Facilities Management Services
  • Meg Kangai… NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Michael D'Arcangelo...Office of Diversity
  • Michael Lawrence...Facilities Management Services
  • Michelle Schrouder…Athletics
  • Mistie Cramer...SAISD
  • Molly McGowan ...Leadership Institute
  • Paula French ... Academic Support Center
  • Phyllis Wade...Academic Support Center
  • Rachel McGinnis…CAST
  • Rauncie Ryan...Liberal Arts
  • Rob Grow…Alumni Relations
  • Robyn Reafler...Academic Support Center
  • Rona Skinner ...Housing Operations
  • Sally Skyer...NTID Counseling and Academic Advising
  • Sara Bayerl...Academic Support Center
  • Sarah Haberbusch…ITS Operations
  • Sarah Mittiga...GCCIS
  • Sarah Pillittere...Human Resources
  • Sean Bennett…CAST Dean's Office
  • Shawna Lusk...Orientation
  • Shelly Cicero...College of Science
  • Shelley Zoeke...Disability Services
  • Sherry Clark…Academic Affairs
  • Stefanie Soroka…CAST
  • Stephanie Bauschard…Provost's Office
  • Stephanie Paredes...Multicultural Center for Academic Success
  • Susan Ackerman…Disability Services
  • Susan Chapel…NTID Counseling
  • Susan Northrup…Margaret's House
  • Terie Merritt...CIAS
  • Tina Sturgis… GCCIS
  • Tomicka Green...Multicultural Center for Academic Success
  • Tracy Gatewood...Multicultural Center for Academic Success
  • Venessa Mitchell…College of Engineering
  • Veronika Talbott…NTID ASL & Interpreter Education
  • Wilma King… College of Liberal Arts

For more information, or to request an Institute Advocate, please contact:

Joe Johnston
Coordinator for Advocacy
475-7668 (v/tty)
jpjvsa@rit.edu