Disciplinary Board Training
From overlapping jurisdictions among criminal, civil and school systems to changing standards of proof; school discipline is not only complicated, but subject to scrutiny by attorneys and pushback from parents. COS provides high level analysis of tough situations with a phone call. We build confidence in your hearing board with real-life case study practice with complicated, conflict-ridden examples.
COS’s proactive training makes discipline part of your educational mission, rather than a distraction from your school community. Our services include training manuals, procedure training, case analysis, neutral third-party mediation and real-time case practice. Our talented team empowers your board to make tough calls by building confidence in applying policies with consistency and clarity. We create unflappable peace of mind—even when the child of a major donor, a trustee or high-profile parent breaks a policy.
How can we help?
A school was faced with a high-profile student who had broken the alcohol policy but said he was being bullied at the time of the incident by other students. The school had a zero-tolerance policy for underaged drinking. The student’s parents were threatening to sue the school if they expelled their son, given the context of the situation.
COS helped the school’s hearing board through the case with guidance on witnesses, evidence, testimony and policy application. We served as mediators in the case and helped the school use the incident as the catalyst for updating its disciplinary process and handbook policies.
OUTCOME: The school’s administrative team feels far more confident in their ability to process complicated disciplinary situations with investigation and questioning skills. They are clear on applying a consistent standard of proof when cases involving one word against another.
“I have worked with Katie on a number of occasions. She presented at one of my former schools, La Lumiere School, to our high school students and to our parents. Two summers ago, she visited my previous school and presented to our 4th and 5th graders, our middle school, our high school, our parents, and our faculty. She also helped us tighten up the language in our handbooks. Simply put, Katie is the best. She is knowledgeable, engaging, and most importantly, memorable. Students and parents still talk about her long after she is gone, and I have for years been using her examples in language as I build off her visits.”
- Administrative Hearing Script & Checklist
- Board Hearing Script & Checklist
- Confidentiality Agreement for Hearing Board Members
- Discipline Outcome Template
- Discipline Response Template
- Hearing Board Guidelines and Training Standards
- Intake Interview Questions (Sexual Misconduct)
- Intake Interview Questions (Technology)
- Sanctioning Guidelines Grid
- Sexual Misconduct Conduct Board Training Manual
- Witness Analysis Tool (Bias & Relevance)
- Communicating Notice
- Questioning Techniques
- Restorative Justice
- Weighing Evidence & Testimony
- Sexual Misconduct
- Title IX
Could you use our help? Try these questions.
Are you consistent in your disciplinary treatment of off campus drinking and off campus cyber-bullying by students – both as stated in your School Handbook as well as in practice?
Do you use a preponderance of the evidence, clear and convincing evidence, a more likely than not standard, or a beyond a reasonable double standard for addressing allegations of policy violations by students and/or employees?