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Higher Education Law and Policy Webinars

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 WEBINAR

Clearing the Haze: Marijuana on Campus
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014  | 1:00 p.m. EDT
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. EDT
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Join Stetson's Center for Higher Education Law and Policy, NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), Caron Treatment Centers, and the Attorney General’s Office of Washington State for a series of 3 online live sessions clearing the haze surrounding recent changes in state law affecting the possession and use of both medical and recreational marijuana, and the impact these laws have on campuses.

PAST WEBINARS

Pay to Play: Student-Athletes as Employees
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 | 12 -1:00 p.m. EDT
Register Now: $250

Join the Center for Higher Education Law and Policy and our presenters Miriam McKendall and David Santeusanio, from Holland & Knight LLP, as they coach you through the ramifications of the NLRB’s Northwestern ruling, NCAA lawsuits, and public and legislative debates concerning the issue of whether student-athletes should be considered employees.

This webinar will help you answer the complicated new questions arising at your university regarding the potential characterization of student-athletes as employees. It will explore the issues underlying the student-athlete union movement, scholarship athletes versus walk-on athletes, and the potential ways the NCAA and colleges may address these student-athlete issues.

As the collegiate athletic landscape continues to change, your university has to keep up.  Join The Center for Higher Education Law and Policy and Holland & Knight LLP on Aug. 27, 2014 to get the tools to keep your university in the game.

 

The White House and the OCR's New Guidance on Title IX
Wednesday, May 14, 2014  |  3 p.m. EDT 
Register Now: $250

President Obama declared April 2014 National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault was formed in January 2014 and released their report on April 29, 2104 in response to the President's call for recommendations on protecting students from sexual assault.
 
The Task Force has made numerous recommendations, which will affect higher education significantly going forward—in much the way the April 4, 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter” impacted us three years ago.

Please join the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy and Professor Peter F. Lake for a first look at examining the “Not Alone” report and the Q&A document. Together we will consider what impact the findings will have on your campus now and in the future.

 

Social Media in Higher Education: Legal Considerations 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014  |  2 p.m. EDT
Register Now: $349

Social media options are proliferating. It seems like every week there is a new way to share ideas, images and other information. It's tricky enough to figure out how to use everything, and which platform is best for various kinds of communication.  Quite often, there is not enough time to carefully separate the particular facts from a great deal of information when it comes to social media.

Social Media in Higher Education: Legal Considerations will cover current legal issues, smart frameworks, and best practices.  Join Professor Jacob H. Rooksby from Duquesne University in this webinar, and be prepared to use social media confidently at your institution.

Upon completion, you will have:

  • An understanding of the legal implications of social media use
  • The ability to articulate best practices for institutional social media use
  • Ideas for developing policies and protocols to limit your institutions legal exposure due to social media use
  • The power to harness social media and engage with constituents like never before

The best part? You do not have to create your social media strategies from scratch. Social Media in Higher Education: Legal Considerations will give you knowledge and best practices that your institution can adapt or adopt outright.
 

Consumer Protection and Higher Ed: Six Liability Concerns
Thursday, April 17, 2014  |  2 p.m. EDT
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Cost: $349

 
Roughly every two seconds, a new civil lawsuit is filed in the United States, and a growing number of them are targeting colleges and universities. This increase in litigation is often attributed to the growing influence of student consumerism, with students trying to make sure their degrees are worth the debt they acquire in earning them.

Learn how to reduce your institution's legal risk with Consumer Protection and Higher Ed: Six Liability Concerns, a Magna Online Seminar presented by Catherine Deneke and Robert Toone from Foley Hoag LLP.

Drawing on their combined expertise and experience, Ms. Deneke and Mr. Toone will help you learn:

  • How to comply with legal and regulatory requirements
  • What disclosures you are required to make
  • How your educational mission and sovereign immunity can strengthen your liability defenses
  • Which training and supervisory techniques will help prevent litigation
  • How to evaluate your school's policies and procedures to reduce risk

Lawsuits can be expensive, can result in negative press, and can carry substantial financial risk. Take action now and reduce your risk!

 *1.0 CLE credit has been applied for in Florida and Wisconsin.

 

Campus SaVE Act: What You Need to Know
Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. EST (note time zone)
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Cost: $349

Nearly a quarter of women encounter some kind of violence as students, and it's almost always at the hands of someone they know. Last year, federal lawmakers decided to do something about it. They amended the Clery Act with the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which requires colleges and universities to design and implement preventive and educational programs for students, faculty and staff. It goes into effect this March, and full compliance should be demonstrated by October.

While everyone wants to improve safety on campuses, the idea of fulfilling compliance requirements can be daunting. The online seminar "Campus SaVE Act: What You Need to Know" covers all the compliance basics.

You will learn how to establish protocols for communicating with survivors and alleged assailants. You will learn appropriate methods for collecting evidence and documenting accusations. You will also learn investigation strategies appropriate for domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other crimes.

Specifically, during this seminar you will learn how to:

  • Create response policies and procedures that are compliant with the Campus SaVE Act
  • Interview alleged survivors of sexual assault or violence, domestic violence, and stalking
  • Interview respondents in sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking cases
  • Document evidence gathered
  • Identify appropriate procedures for investigating and documenting stalking behaviors as well as domestic and sexual assault or violence

Learn what you can do, why you need to do it, and how to do it the right way with the "Campus SaVE Act: What You Need to Know" webinar.

Legal or Compliance Office: Do You Know the Difference? Does It Matter? 
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 | 12 - 1 p.m. EDT
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Cost: $250

In today's highly regulated atmosphere, campuses across the nation are creating and expanding their compliance offices and increasing the number of lawyers in both compliance and legal. Many times, the compliance officers are licensed attorneys asked to write policy and procedure, research developments in the law and regulations, otherwise advise the institution, and even reside in the legal office.
 
These compliance officers are not legal counsel to the institution and they have a different function and constituency. The differences are often times misconstrued by the institution and even the lawyers and compliance personnel themselves.  Difficult questions arise about confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, who can interpret the law for whom, and which office defends and interacts with regulatory authority.

Join presenter Linda Rawles, both a licensed attorney and certified compliance officer, as she guides you through the differences and similarities in both offices and the pitfalls, challenges, and benefits that come with having both offices on campus.

IP Rights in Higher Education: An Analysis of Current Case Law and the AAUP's October 2013 Report: "Defending the Freedom to Innovate: Faculty Intellectual Property Rights after Stanford v. Roche." 
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Cost: $100

Join Professor Rooksby as he navigates faculty and administrators through the AAUP report and current case law. This webinar will provide faculty and institutions an opportunity to understand how best to balance faculty and institutional interests in the realm of intellectual property, enabling your institution to have the most current information in this complex and rapidly-developing field.
 

Implications of the September 27, 2013 Joint DOE/DOJ “Dear Colleague” Letter on Fisher v. Texas: Clarity or More Confusion on Race-Conscious Admissions?
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Cost: $250

Institutions of higher education now have guidance from DOE/DOJ on the implications of the landmark affirmative action ruling in Fisher v. Texas. This new guidance will force higher education to answer the following questions:

  • What will future admissions programs seeking diversity look like?
  • How will higher education institutions be evaluated under a "strict scrutiny" standard which, according to some commentators, has become more strict?
  • Will any race-conscious admissions process be able to pass strict scrutiny in the future?
  • How will individual Justices on the Supreme Court ultimately regard the new guidance?

The joint "Dear Colleague" Letter seems to take the position that fundamental principles of race-conscious admissions remain intact. Will higher education institutions find themselves in the difficult position of deciding whether to rely on the Obama administration's interpretation of Fisher v. Texas or adopt other viewpoints on that case?

This webinar, presented by Jonathan R. Alger, will provide an overview of the implications of Fisher v. Texas and the new "Dear Colleague" Letter. He will discuss publications by prominent voices in the field, from Randall Kennedy's new book "For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law," to the writings by Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, a well-known author on class, race and admissions.

Internships and Higher Education: Legitimate Educational Endeavor or Too Risky After Fox's Black Swan Case?
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Cost: $250

In this webinar, we will explore some of the reasons behind fostering internships for academic credit, the legal issues companies face in accepting interns, and how institutions of higher education can respond by structuring internships to both minimize risk and enhance the overall student experience.

To Comfort or to Serve: Emotional Support Animals in Campus Housing
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Cost: $25

For ​most ​college ​campus ​administrators, ​dealing ​with ​“service ​animal” ​issues ​has ​become ​fairly ​routine. ​ ​Federal ​laws ​like ​the ​ADA ​and ​Section ​504 ​of ​the ​Rehabilitation ​Act, ​as ​well ​as  state ​laws ​in ​some ​instances ​have ​long ​defined ​the ​ability ​of ​individuals ​with ​disabilities ​to ​gain ​access ​for ​the ​service ​animals ​that ​assist ​with ​life’s ​daily ​functions. ​This ​webinar ​will​ review ​the ​existing ​legal ​requirements, ​the ​recent ​efforts ​to ​ apply ​the ​Fair ​Housing ​Act ​to ​student ​housing, ​and ​what ​this ​ means ​for ​the ​future.

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