About: Student Conduct

Paul Cousins

Director, Department of Student and Community Standards, Office of Student Conduct

Paul has worked in the Office of Student Conduct since joining NC State in 1990.  Paul attended the University of Connecticut where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Following graduate school, Paul worked at Kansas Technical Institute and California Polytechnic State University. Paul’s primary role includes working with concerning and threatening behaviors that have the potential to impact the campus community.  In addition, Paul serves as an hearing officer and serves as a liaison to other offices at NC State.

Tony Shurer

Associate Director, Office of Student Conduct

Tony began working with the Office of Student Conduct in 2007.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in Communication Arts and Sciences with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.  After working as a Residence Life Coordinator at PSU, Tony went on to get his Masters in Higher Education Administration from NC State where he also served as a Resident Director for University Housing. Tony’s primary interests include intercultural and interpersonal communication, academic integrity, and working specifically with international students.  Tony serves as an administrative hearing officer and advisor to the University’s Conduct Board.  In addition, Tony serves on the University’s Behavioral Assessment Team.

Jess White

Associate Director, Office of Student Conduct

Jess joined the Office of Student Conduct in 2014 after serving as an Assistant Director in the Office of Community Standards & Student Responsibility at Ohio University. Jess received her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Dayton, and returned to UD where she earned her Master of Science in Education. Although she has primarily worked in conduct since 2006, Jess also has experience in the area of Academic Advising. Her interests include Title IX and CLERY, non-academic misconduct, and helping students navigate the conduct process. Jess currently serves on NC State’s Sexual Assault Response Team, is an advisor to the Student Conduct Board, and serves as an administrative hearing officer.

Erin Breiner

Assistant Director, Office of Student Conduct

Erin joined the Office of Student Conduct in 2016 after serving as an Assistant Director in the Office of Community Standards & Student Responsibility at Ohio University.  Erin received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Political Science from East Carolina University, as well as a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. Prior to her work in conduct, Erin served in various roles within Residence Life, Student Activities, and Student Organizations. Erin’s interests include self-authorship, leadership development, education and training, and assessment.

Ernest Shepard

Assistant Director, Office of Student Conduct

Ernest joined the Office of Student Conduct in 2016 after serving as the Assistant Director in the Community Standards and Student Conduct office at The University of Washington. Ernest completed his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas and his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration also from the University of Kansas.

Antoinette Chavis-Scott

Administrative Support Associate, Department of Student and Community Standards

Antoinette has worked at NC State since 1990.  She joined the Office of Student Conduct in 1999 after working in Accounts Payable for several years. Antoinette assists in managing the the large number of cases that come through the office.  She also manages the office budget and assists in generating letters to be distributed to students, parents, and staff.

Katie Runner

Administrative Support Associate, Department of Student and Community Standards

Katie has worked at NC State since 1998.  She joined the Office of Student Conduct in 2016 after working for NC State University Police, NC State Bureau of Investigation, and NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She serves as the first point of contact for students and visitors, manages staff calendars, and assists with managing cases that come through the office.

Mimi McCarthy

Student Chief Justice

As chief justice, Mimi serves as the primary hearing officer on the University’s Conduct Board.  During hearings, she manages the flow of information and holds all participants accountable to the procedural parameters established in the Student Disciplinary Procedures.  In addition, Mimi also serves on several committees related to the Conduct Board and assists in promoting integrity among the student population.