Going through the community standards process can be overwhelming and at times, confusing. An advisor can help make the process easier, serving as a mentor or sounding board. Your community standards advisor is different from your academic or career advisor. You may choose to have an advisor with you during any stage of the process. WAC 504-26-020
Your advisor can contact us to get information about meeting dates, your status in the process, and any assigned sanctions. They can also attend meetings and your hearing with you in a supportive role. It’s important you know that your advisor cannot represent you or speak on your behalf, and they do not serve as an attorney or legal counsel.
There are two advisor options you can choose from:
1. An advisor of your choice who is not involved in the reported incident. For example, an advisor could be a WSU faculty or staff member, or a community member, as long as they are not a witness to the reported incident.
2. A WSU faculty or staff member who has volunteered to serve as an advisor in an unbiased role. You can find a list of these advisors, along with their profiles and contact information below. You may reach out to them directly and at any time.
These volunteer advisors are selected and trained to serve students within the community standards process. They are not employed by the Center for Community Standards, Residence Life, the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, or the Office of the Dean of Students.
You will need to submit an advisor registration form so we know they will be working with you.
Currently Trained Advisors
Many staff are currently working remotely to practice social distancing in response to COVID-19. The Center for Community Standards recommends contacting advisors first through email to arrange for future communication through phone or Zoom meeting. For the most up to date information about the university response to COVID-19, please see https://wsu.edu/covid-19/.
Avery Hall, Room 373
Tomie Gowdy-Burke is a faculty member in the Department of English who has a passion for helping students learn, and she loves being a Cougar! Her research focuses on the attitudes of composition educators towards students with different ways of learning, and her Master’s thesis called on writing educators to develop universal design curricula in which neuro-diverse students were no longer required to identify as the “other” to qualify for the accommodations needed to learn and succeed within traditional classrooms. After earning a MA, Tomie began work on a PhD in Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Idaho and returned to WSU in 2010 to teach. Once on campus her concern for the mental health of all WSU students led her to collaborate with the WSU Access Center to create the Access Writing Program, a support system providing students one-on-one faculty assistance with the writing process and other learning and living challenges throughout students' time at WSU. Moreover, as an instructor, Tomie regularly maintains connections with former students to help them carry out research, write reports and communication, apply for scholarships, develop applications for employment or graduate school, and offer encouragement and guidance on life’s challenges. Now, as a Conduct Advisor, Tomie aspires to assist more Cougars navigate the challenges of university life and grow from their experiences.Tomie is ready to listen, locate resources, point students in the right direction, or help them manage many of life’s hurdles, so please feel free to reach out to her for support.
Candida E. Carv
I have been in the hospitality industry for 14 years. I have worked for WSU Dining for 10 years. In my role as an Associate Manager for Dining Services, I work alongside and supervise numerous student employees and other full-time staff. Having a son of my own, I understand how important it is that students know I am here for whatever advice they need--academic, professional, or personal. When giving advice to students, I like to keep an open mind and be as objective as possible given any special circumstances. People are more likely to look towards me for leadership because of my open, yet assertive nature. I am also involved in the community outside of WSU. I am part of the CrossFit gym in downtown Pullman where I extend my cooperation skills further than my daily occupation requires. To me, being a conduct advisor is important in terms of the students because it affects their lives the most and will help me further their development. In return, this helps my growth as well.
I am the Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Services for Washington State University’s Athletics department. I have worked for WSU for 10 years assisting student-athletes with advising, learning strategies, monitoring eligibility and much more. As a former student of WSU, I am excited to be a conduct advisor so that I can help students navigate their way through the conduct process. I enjoy helping students in any way that I can and hope to provide guidance and support to any student in need.
I have always found value in a coaching style of leadership; believed that treating mistakes as a learning opportunity allows people to adjust course and grow. In both my personal and professional lives, I am continuously driven by helping others work through a problem and find a solution. I have 17 years of work experience in the hospitality industry, am a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps and play guitar in a rock band. I believe people all over the world have a few basic needs, and often the first step to addressing those needs is listening. People need to be heard and understood and that should not be undervalued.
Chris S. Johnson, MBA
Hulbert Hall, Office 421D
Chris S. Johnson has been the Director of Administrative Services (CFO) for the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences since 2015. Before coming to WSU, he worked in the port industry for over 7 years as a Deputy Executive Director and CFO; including, Senior Project Manager on a large environmental cleanup portfolio including a $36 million brownfield cleanup. After completing his MBA, he worked over 8 years for the Washington State Auditor’s Office in various roles including: Auditor, Lead Auditor, Assistant Audit Manager, Washington State Higher Education Coordinator and Regional Audit Manager. Chris received his MBA from Western Washington University and a BA in German (with a minor in International Relations) from Brigham Young University. Chris completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Washington in 2012. Chris has traveled and lived abroad working with people from many countries including Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Mozambique, Nigeria, Poland, Russia and Samoa. Chris experienced history firsthand as he was living in Halle East Germany in 1989 during the anti-communist demonstrations and the fall of the Berlin wall. Students and student success is core to the mission of WSU. I hope to contribute to student success by listening to understand student perspective and advise based upon student need.
My name is Joshua Jones, and I am the Assistant Director of Ticket Services in the Athletic Ticket Office. In this position, I oversee the student employees as well as ticketing for men’s basketball and baseball. Prior to my move to Pullman, I worked in professional baseball for 10 seasons with stops in Syracuse, Dodger Stadium, and most recently, Petco Park in San Diego. In the conduct advisor role, I hope to benefit students as they work through the community standards process by listening to concerns and providing resources and information on what to expect at each stage.
Davi Kallman, PhD
Washington Building 217
Open Advising Hours are Monday from 12:00pm - 2:00pm.
I received my doctoral degree in Communication at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. I was recently hired as an Access Advisor at WSU where I advocate for students with disabilities and administer reasonable accommodations. As part of this position, I also serve as the Awareness Coordinator and help to coordinate and deliver disability awareness events and resources to the WSU community. I am excited to serve as a conduct advisor this year because I enjoy advising students throughout their time at WSU. As a conduct advisor, I am interested in providing valuable university resources and helping students navigate through the conduct process.
I am a General Manager with Dining Services here at WSU where I have worked full-time since 2013. My position oversees purchasing for the retail markets in addition to managing the Einstein Brothers Bagels on campus. Being a first-generation college student and having many years of experience supervising student employees, I understand the challenges of finding your way through campus life. From the kitchen to being a conduct advisor, my goal is always to be a safe and judgement-free professional for students in need of advice or support.
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Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (by appointment only)
I am a graduate of WSU Vancouver, where I earned my BA in History. While I was working on my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy at Portland State University, I held a graduate student position in the Conduct and Community Standards department within the Dean of Student Life Office. I know how overwhelming the conduct process can feel for some students, but am also aware of what an important learning experience it can be. I am now an academic advisor on the WSUV campus and help support students on their college journey every day. As a conduct advisor, I hope to continue that supportive role.
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Commons Building, 103
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
I am the Credentials Evaluator for the Carson College of Business Graduate and Online Programs. Prior to working at WSU, I was a stay-at-home mother and earned my psychology degree through WSU Global.
As a first-generation college graduate, I am very familiar with the challenges students face with trying to establish balance between competing commitments and adapting to learning through an online environment. Some of the things I learned along the way were: where to access my resources, what questions to ask, who to ask, etc. By volunteering as a conduct advisor, I hope to be a source for students to ask questions, give guidance and support through the conduct process, help students find available resources, and see them succeed as a Washington State University graduate.
My name is Dr. Sarah Miller and I am the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Clinical Assistant Professor of Trombone at Washington State University. In this capacity, I assist with all aspects of the athletic band program and teach private trombone lessons to graduate and undergraduate students. I am excited to be a conduct advisor at WSU because I enjoy mentoring and supporting students. Through my role in athletic bands and as a private music instructor, I spend a lot of time interacting and developing relationships with students outside of the classroom. I enjoy fostering these relationships and supporting students in their academic studies as well as in their personal lives.
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I am the Transfer Center Coordinator at WSU and have worked in higher education for five years. In this role, I assist students in their transition to WSU from other institutions. Aside from needing to know WSU processes, a primary requirement of my position is to be aware of the resources WSU has to offer and how to access them. I believe this is crucial to student success and that my enthusiasm for helping students identify resources and understand WSU processes will bring great value to my role as a Conduct Advisor. I hold a BA and an MA in Sociology. I am proud of my background as a military dependent and subsequent employment in support of active duty members and their families as well as my educational pathway. I am also proud to be an avid gamer!
I am a Conduct Advisor because I want to support students through a process that is likely to be stressful and confusing, but necessary. It’s important to me that a process like this is effective for everyone involved—mainly, students need someone unbiased and knowledgeable to help them understand the process, keep focused, and feel supported. Students need to take responsibility for their actions (if it’s found that they need to), but I’d like to help them realize this can be an opportunity for growth and that the experience doesn't define them.
Bryan Hall 206
Open Advising Hours are Monday to Friday 1-3 p.m. or by Appointment
I am the Lead International Student Advisor at WSU and I work with F-1 and J-1 students studying at WSU. In my role I help advise international students about their immigration requirements, how that immigration status interacts with their academic status, and how legal or academic issues can negatively impact their immigration status. Conduct rules at WSU can be confusing for our American students. Our International Student face that same confusion, but have to navigate a new administration system, learn new rules, new procedures, do this while using new legal language, and must also be aware of how this could impact their immigration status. I want to help our international student population navigate the conduct process at WSU and help them understand how different outcomes could negatively impact their immigration status.
Contact via email: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
I serve as the Assistant Director for Student Experience and External Relations for the Division of Student Affairs. In my current role, I work to find unique ways to connect currents students with all available resources in Student Affairs. I work to create meaningful student engagement events that build relationships with current students and the campus community--ultimately strengthening the Cougar Family.
I have been employed by Washington State University for nearly 15 years. Prior to joining the Student Affairs team, I served as the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Retention in College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). I came to CAHNRS after serving as the Coordinator for Career Development, Community Service and Team Academic Advisor in WSU Athletics. I began my professional journey at WSU as the WSU Assistant Golf Coach of the Men’s and Women’s Golf team (2004-2009).
My professional journey at WSU has always been deeply-rooted in student success and retention efforts. As a first-generation student myself, I am passionate about walking alongside students as they navigate higher education and meeting students where they are at, in their own personal journey--with the ultimate goal of equipping students so they can “walk across the stage” in four years and receive a diploma from WSU. As a conduct advisor, I wish to be an access point for students who may need guidance in the conduct process.
I’m Jared Sharp, I use He/Him pronouns. As a lifelong Technophile and geek, I started off as Student IT Support at Sylvester Middle School in Burien, WA, and I really found my calling. I came to WSU in 2012, and was a Residential Technology Assistant in Orton Hall for the 2013-2014 school year; I worked with the students in Orton to get their technology connected to the network, hosted a couple programs, and was pretty active in the ResLife Community. In 2014, I started working as an RTA in the Apartments and continued to support undergrad, and now graduate, students with connecting their technology to the network. I served as a Student Liaison on a Housing budget committee to oversee Housing’s Spending and Income, as well as approve or deny suggestions to increase or decrease spending to further improve the Housing experience for students. When I graduated in 2017, I was hired to continue to provide technical support for the staff in the CUB, Chinook, Elson Floyd Cultural Center, and other parts of Student Affairs.
Throughout college, I worked with students all the time. As I’ve grown in my career in IT Support, I’ve grown further and further from supporting students directly, and I want to rectify that. This year, I helped some students found the “WSU Tabletop RPG Club” (note the lifelong geek above. 😊) and this role as Conduct Advisor continues that trend.
I have been with University Recreation since 2011, serving in the role of Assistant Director of Competitive Sports, Youth Programs, and Risk Management. I graduated from WSU with a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration in 2006 and have worked within student affairs at Central Washington University, University of North Carolina, and Seattle University. I am a conduct officer because I believe it is important for all students to receive assistance and guidance throughout the conduct process from an impartial party who cares about their growth and development while at WSU. I will support students by helping them to understand the conduct process, their rights within that process, and how to best navigate and utilize campus resources.