Founding Director, Student Conduct Institute
The State University of New York
Gemma Rinefierd is the founding director of the Student Conduct Institute. Prior to becoming Director, Dr. Rinefierd worked in student affairs administration for more than fifteen years in New York and within the UK at a number of institutional types. Rinefierd has held several administrative positions at various colleges and universities, including as a Director of Residence Life and Associate Proctor for Residence Conduct at the University of Essex and as a Director of Student Conduct within SUNY. Rinefierd earned her doctorate in higher educational leadership, with an additional certificate in Program Evaluation from the University of Rochester. Rinefierd’s interests include student conduct, student development, residential life and housing, due process, title IX, sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and response, student leadership, behavioral assessment, professional leadership and public speaking. In 2019 Rinefierd has presented at NASPA Region I, NASPA Region II ACPA, the SUNY and Department of the Navy Regional Discussion on Sexual Violence, Vermont Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference, CSPA of NYS, and regularly presents basic compliance training across New York and beyond. Rinefierd has maintained active engagement in professional organizations and also serves on the Governor’s Youth Council for New York State.