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Schedule - National Conference on Law and Higher Education

Wednesday, Feb. 11 - Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

URMIA Board Meeting & Regional Conference

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36th Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Mingle

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Boot Camp: Higher Education Law & Policy Foundations
Presented by Oren R. Griffin, Peter F. Lake

Back by popular demand — this one-day boot camp focuses on the fundamentals of higher education law and policy. The presenters will not focus on “hot” topics or recent trends. This workshop is geared toward non-lawyers and will feature lectures, drills, problem analysis and a question-and-answer segment — all designed to improve your understanding of basic principles of higher education law and policy. Come ready to learn about:

• The law of campus safety
• Core civil rights of students and employees
• Regulatory law and policy
• Governance in higher education
• Fundamentals of employment law
• How to work with lawyers, the legal system and legal materials
• And more...

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Social Media Workshop
Presented by Jacob Rooksby

Does your institution have a social media policy? If not, should it? What should you be concerned about with respect to your institution’s — and your employees' — use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media? What are the key considerations and pitfalls for student affairs professionals navigating this tricky landscape? This session will discuss all of these issues and more, highlighting social media best practices for higher education in view of legal developments in this rapidly evolving area of law.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Social Hour

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Foundations & Dimensions of Title IX Compliance Workshop
Charles P. Rose, Scott A. Coffina, Ginene Lewis

Government Perspectives on the Clery Act and Title IX Compliance and Enforcement
Moderated by Charles P. Rose
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

The growing list of universities and colleges under federal investigation over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints signals a clear message — no school is immune to federal enforcement efforts. As a result, higher education institutions must work vigorously to ensure compliance with campus sexual assault legislation, including but not limited to Title IX and the Clery Act. As schools begin to assess and update their policies in light of new guidance and regulations, administrators should consider how the Department of Education evaluates institutions’ campus security efforts and their response to sexual assault complaints.

In a discussion led by Charlie Rose, former General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education,  representatives from the Office of Federal Student Aid, Office of Civil Rights, and Office of General Counsel will discuss how they approach federal investigations for possible violations of campus sexual assault legislation, common pitfalls with institutional responses to sexual assault, and best practices in this climate of enhanced enforcement.

Synthesizing Areas of Overlap Between Title IX and the Clery Act
Presented by Scott A. Coffina
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Despite the recent guidance on Title IX and new Clery Act regulations, there are still areas where the mandates of the two statutes overlap and the requirements of each are not necessarily aligned. Previous investigations conducted by the Office of Civil Rights and Office of Federal Student Aid demonstrate that a compliance review for one statute may also raise potential compliance concerns regarding the other. With a focus on the overlapping and independent requirements of Title IX and the Clery Act, this workshop will assist administrators to synthesize the requirements of both mandates and develop the proper controls to ensure simultaneous compliance.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Disability Law Workshop
Presented by Laura Rothstein 

Complying with disability law has become increasingly complicated. Casual working knowledge of disability law is no longer sufficient to be in compliance. Compliance is no longer just an issue for a handful of experts on campus – it is now everyone’s job.

Speaker Laura Rothstein will guide you on issues relating to students, faculty and staff regarding current issues on disability laws on campus. The introductory portion of this workshop will provide a general overview of the current application of federal disability laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The workshop will pay particular attention to some of today’s fulcrum issues in higher education, including accommodating mental health challenges, documentation of disabilities, test accommodations, technology issues (web, classroom materials, distance learning), food allergies, assistance and emotional sup- port animals, auxiliary aid issues and returning veterans.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Opening Plenary Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Foundations & Dimensions of Title IX Compliance (cont’d)

Ensuring Compliance and Managing Risks in a Changing Environment: A Discussion with the General Counsel
Moderated by Scott A. Coffina
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

The intense focus of the White House, the Department of Education, Congress, activists and the media on schools’ sexual assault prevention and response policies and enforcement of Title IX and the Clery Act significantly increases the legal and reputational risk to institutions when incidents occur. In this session, legal counsel from schools large and small will discuss how they manage these risks and oversee their institutions’ compliance efforts.

Procedural Steps to Getting it Right: A Look at Student Disciplinary Proceedings in Matters of Sexual Assault
Moderated by Ginene A. Lewis
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

In this new climate of aggressive administrative enforcement and civil litigation, schools must hone their disciplinary processes in sexual assault cases to ensure a fair hearing for both the accuser and the accused. No matter which way a case is decided, institutions are increasingly at risk of lawsuits or a Title IX complaint initiated by the disappointed party. Too often, however, groups talk past each other or advocate on social media instead of having a rational discussion of their expectations from a campus disciplinary proceeding. This panel envisions a free-wheeling discussion about what a “just” disciplinary process addressing sexual misconduct complaints should include, from the diverse perspectives of administrators and advocates from different sides of the debate.Foundations & Dimensions of Title IX Compliance (cont’d)

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Disability Law (cont’d)

The workshop will pay particular attention to some of today’s fulcrum issues in higher education, including accommodating mental health challenges, documentation of disabilities, test accommodations, technology issues (web, classroom materials, distance learning), food allergies, assistance and emotional sup- port animals, auxiliary aid issues and returning veterans.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception 

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advanced Training-Title IX Teams Workshop

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Litigation Update Workshop

2014: A Year of Litigation. Back by popular demand, the speakers will cover cases that made a significant impact on higher education in 2014. The session will also highlight the cases you should watch in 2015.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
College Ratings System

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Plenary

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Advanced Training – Title IX Teams (cont’d)

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Litigation Update (cont’d)

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Risk Management

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Plenary Session: The Roberts Court Finds Religion
Speaker – William “Bill” Thro

Although the Court's 2010 decision in Christian Legal Society represented a "serious setback for freedom," more recent decisions represent a restoration and revitalization of religious liberty. Specifically, Hosanna Tabor, Town of Greece, and Hobby Lobby recognize the Constitution's "special solicitude" for people of faith and faith based expression. These developments have serious implications for higher education, the one area of American where people from a variety of faith traditions and no faith traditions come together.

5:00– 6:00 p.m. Crystal Ball Reception

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Employment Law

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Social Media Workshop
Presented by Jacob Rooksby

Does your institution have a social media policy? If not, should it? What should you be concerned about with respect to your institution’s — and your employees' — use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social media? What are the key considerations and pitfalls for student affairs professionals navigating this tricky landscape? This session will discuss all of these issues and more, highlighting social media best practices for higher education in view of legal developments in this rapidly evolving area of law.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Care, Threat & Assessment Teams Workshop

12:00 – 1:00 Closing Lunch – Plenary

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Dimensions of Advocacy in Higher Education

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception 

Monday, Feb. 16, 2014

9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Care, Threat, & Assessment Teams Workshop (cont’d)

 

*Anticipated Schedule - check for weekly updates and details!

 

Registration Pricing:

Main Event February 13-16, 2015
Early registration $825.00
until October 31, 2014.


Individual Rate: Regular $950.00
starting November 1, 2014.

Day Rate: $350.00 

 The following events are not included in the main event purchase price.

These events may be purchased separately and are priced as follows:

URMIA Regional Conference - see link

Boot Camp: Fundamentals of Higher Education Law and Policy Thursday, February 12, 2015 $350.00

Title IX Teams Saturday, February 14, 2015 Individual Rate: $500.00


*If you are bringing a team of 3 or more please call the Office of Professional Education for discounted pricing.

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