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Washington State University Advisors


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


Candida E. Carv

Pullman Campus

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.


Heather Erwin


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.


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Dawn Freeman

Vancouver Campus
Science Building (VSCI),
Room 110

Hello! My name is Dawn Freeman, and I’ve been with the University for 15 years. I began my time at WSU in 2006 as part of the first freshman class on the Vancouver campus. I graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree, majoring in biology and minoring in environmental sciences. I was fortunate to become a part of the WSU Vancouver community as an employee that same year, where I manage the support for all of the undergraduate science laboratory classes. In my current support role, I do not have a chance to engage with students as often as I would like. As a Conduct Advisor, I can utilize my interpersonal skills in a more robust and fulfilling manner. My goal in this role is to provide a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on, or an ear to bend during what can be a very difficult and scary time in a student’s life. I look forward to serving as your advisor—you are not alone!


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Bob James

Pullman Campus
Honors 130D

I have always found value in a coaching style of leadership and guidance, and strongly believe 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 currently serve as the Advising and Recruiting Coordinator for the Honors College, and am passionate about helping students achieve their goals. Prior to working in higher education, I spent 17 years in the hospitality industry. Outside of work, I play guitar in a rock band and am a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps. My life experiences have taught me that people all over the world have a few basic needs, and just listening is often the first step to addressing those needs. Everyone should have the opportunity to feel heard, understood, and valued.


Chris S. Johnson, MBA

Pullman Campus
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.


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Jacqui LaCroix

Pullman Campus

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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Erin Leverman

360-546-9451 (preferred contact)
Vancouver Campus
VSCI 130
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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Rocky Lucas

Pullman Campus
McCoy Hall, Room 135
Contact to schedule an appointment. Email is the preferred method.

My name is Rocky Lucas, and I am a licensed clinical social worker (therapist) embedded in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to conquering my fear of flying to come to WSU in 2020, I lived and worked for over a decade in Appalachia (West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky), specializing in the treatment of substance use disorder and the connection between physical and mental health. After previously serving on the Academic Integrity Hearing Board, I'm excited to take on the role as a Conduct Advisor because of my desire to help guide and mentor students through what is likely a very difficult time. My work has always focused on helping students achieve well-being and success, and I hope to be able to do the same in this role. Finally, as an LGBT First-Gen student myself, I strive to be culturally competent so that I can understand the various perspectives and experiences that students bring to the table.


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Laurie Marcum

509-335-2289 (preferred contact)
Pullman Campus
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.


Sarah Miller

Pullman Campus
Kimbrough 156

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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Heather Reyes

509-335-5507 (currently unavailable)
Pullman Campus
Lighty Student Services (currently unavailable)

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.


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Tara Sandoval

Pullman Campus
Student Financial Services
Contact via phone or email to schedule an appointment.

I’m Tara Sandoval, Senior Advisor in the Student Financial Services Department. I started at WSU in 2017 and have 16 years of experience in higher education. I have a bachelor's degree in Higher Education Management and Digital Photography. I have always enjoyed working with students and parents and believe that every opportunity is a learning experience. As a student conduct advisor, I hope to provide resources, guidance, and keys for success as well as someone to turn to for support.


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Matt Shaw

Pullman Campus
SRC 250

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.


Cody Tornow



(preferred method of contact)
Pullman Campus
International Programs
Contact via phone or email to schedule an appointment.

I am an Assistant Director with International Programs at WSU and I work with F-1 and J-1 international students studying at WSU. Community standards rules at WSU can be confusing for our American students. Our International students face that same confusion, but must 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 community standards process at WSU and help them understand how different outcomes could negatively impact their immigration status. In my role as a Conduct Advisor, I help inform 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.


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Katie Weibel

Vancouver Campus
Science and Engineering Building, Room 130D
Contact via phone or email to schedule an appointment.

Hi there, I'm Katie Weibel, an Academic Coordinator at WSU Vancouver in the College of Arts & Sciences. I have been working for 7+ years in higher education, mentoring students through their college journey. I have advanced training in academic, career and study abroad advising. I know the conduct process can be intimidating, but I'm here to help! I'd love to meet with you to set up a plan for success and help take the fear of out this process. Please don't hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you!