• 24 year student affairs professional
• Current and/or former supervisor of student conduct and conflict resolution programs, fraternity and sorority life, student legal services, off-campus student services, nontraditional student services, parent’s services, orientation, commencement, marketing, and student government
• Consultant on conflict resolution, mediation, student conduct programs, sanctioning student misconduct, program assessment, needs assessment, student organization investigations, Title IX, and FERPA
• Certified Title IX Administrator
• Past President, Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA)
• Affiliated Consultant, National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM)
• Co-Chair, NCHERM-CR (conflict resolution practice group)
• Advisory Board Member, Association for Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
Rick Olshak serves as an Associate Dean of Students at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. In this role, Rick supervises units responsible for student conduct and conflict resolution, fraternity and sorority life, and student legal services. Rick is also responsible for coordinating the University’s Critical Incident Response Team, as well as managing other central office responsibilities. Prior to being named Associate Dean, Rick served as the director of the student conduct and conflict resolution program, until he and several other colleagues were given the opportunity to create and implement the Dean of Students Office.
Before coming to ISU, Rick served as the Assistant Director of Residential Services for Judicial Programs at the State University of New York College at Cortland (SUNY-Cortland), and as Coordinator of Student Judicial Services in the Office of Student Conduct at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from The College of Saint Rose (NY), a master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University, and is completing an Ed.D. in educational administration and foundations from Illinois State.
Rick served as President of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) in 2001, and currently serves as an affiliated consultant with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM). Within NCHERM, Rick is the co-chair of the organizations conflict resolution services effort. Rick also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).
Rick provides consulting services in a broad range of areas, including conflict resolution, mediation, student conduct administration, program and needs assessment, training conduct boards and hearing officers, sanctioning student misconduct, student organization investigations, and addressing Title IX allegations (sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and relationship violence).