Michael DeBowes, Ph.D.

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Michael DeBowes, Ph.D.


Dr. Michael M. DeBowes is an experienced higher education administrator, author, and instructor. From 2007-2014, he served as the Director of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity at Old Dominion University (ODU), a large, public, metropolitan research university in southeastern Virginia. In this role, Dr. DeBowes oversaw the student conduct system for academic and nonacademic violations involving undergraduate and graduate students as well as recognized student organizations. Previously, Dr. DeBowes served as Assistant Director of the Center for Student Ethics and Standards at the University of Vermont.

Since 2014, Dr. DeBowes has served as the Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives for the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP) and D. Stafford & Associates. He has been affiliated as an Associate with D. Stafford & Associates since 2012. In these roles, DeBowes provides a variety of consulting, training, and technical assistance services related to institutional compliance with the Clery Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA). Dr. DeBowes also conducts assessments of student conduct codes and processes and reviews student conduct records management systems, such as Maxient.  Dr. DeBowes also serves as the Editor of the Journal of Clery Compliance Officers & Professionals and is an adjunct faculty member in New England College’s Master of Science in Higher Education Administration: Concentration in Campus Public Safety Administration program.

Dr. DeBowes graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Millersville University in 2004; a Master of Education degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) from the University of Vermont in 2006; an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from ODU in 2011; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education from ODU in 2014. His dissertation examined student conduct administrator knowledge of the statistical reporting obligations of the Clery Act and was recognized by the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) with the 2015 Dissertation of the Year Award.

Dr. DeBowes co-authored a book chapter in Reframing Campus Conflict: Student Conduct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens and has authored numerous NACCOP whitepapers focusing on Clery Act and DFSCA compliance. Dr. DeBowes has also contributed to industry and academic journals including the Security Journal, the Journal of Clery Compliance Officers & Professionals (for which he serves as Editor), Campus Safety Magazine, Academic Perspectives in Higher Education, and The Vermont Connection. Dr. DeBowes has also served as an outside reviewer for the Journal of College and University Law and the International Journal of Communication.