About Us

Our staff brings a wealth of experience in working with college students from a variety of backgrounds on a number of different college and university campuses.  We can be reached in the central office at:

Office of Community Standards
306 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN  46556

Phone:  574-631-5551
Fax:      574-631-6338
E-Mail:  ocs@nd.edu

Our regular business hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM during the academic year. Although we welcome visitors, we advise calling ahead to schedule a phone or in-person appointment to ensure that our staff will be available for you. Please call the office at 574-631-5551 or email ocs@nd.edu to schedule an appointment.


Office of Community Standards Staff

Heather Ryan, Director

Heather joined the University of Notre Dame in 2011. She brings over 20 years of student conduct, residence life and student development experience from various colleges and universities to the Office of Community Standards. She holds a master’s degree in Higher Education with an Emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University (MI) and a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University. She lives in the South Bend area with her husband and daughter. Heather can be reached at hryan2@nd.edu.

Dan Riemersma, Associate Director

Dan joined the University of Notre Dame in 2018. Dan brings experience in student conduct, residence life, program planning, and intentional mentoring to the position from various colleges, universities, and experiences. Dan received his Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Calvin University, with a Minor in Urban Studies. Dan lives in Mishawaka with his wife, daughter, and son. Dan can be reached at driemers@nd.edu.

Patrick Kincaid, Assistant Director

Patrick joined the University of Notre Dame in 2014. Patrick brings experience in residence life, conduct administration, and a background as an educator to his role in the Office of Community Standards. Patrick received his Master of Education degree from the University Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Theology from John Carroll University. Patrick lives in South Bend with his wife and daughter. Patrick can be reached at pkincaid@nd.edu

Sherri Walsh, Administrative Assistant

Sherri joined the Notre Dame community in 2010. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she worked for Ziker Uniforms, Inc., South Bend, as Assistant to the General Manager of Sales and Marketing/Operations and Assistant to the Human Resource Manager. Sherri and her family are life-long residents of the South Bend area. Sherri can be reached at swalsh8@nd.edu.


University Conduct Administrators

In addition to our central office staff, the Office of Community Standards is also supported by a number of University Conduct Administrators who are all student development professionals within the Division of Student Affairs, including staff from departments such as: Gender Relations Center, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, Recreational Sports, Family Resource Center, and Student Activities

Our University Conduct Administrator program provides an opportunity for administrators to provide their perspectives in conduct meeting settings as we engage students in dialogue about their holistic development.

Along with managing the conduct process, the staff from the Office of Community Standards also participates in campus life activities as student club and organization advisors, as well as supporting campus-wide events such as the Moreau First Year Experience, Welcome Weekend, football gameday management, Junior Parents Weekend, and Senior Week.