Higher Education Law and Policy Webinars



Title IX Compliance Issues in the Trump Era: Updates on Title IX Policy and OCR Enforcement
June 12, 2018
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Speaker: Debbie Osgood, Esq.

Issues relating to sexual harassment and sexual violence continue to dominate the headlines and to pose great legal and reputational for colleges and universities. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued its “Interim Guidance on Sexual Violence” in September 2017, but has not yet issued its planned notice of formal rulemaking relating to Title IX.

On March 5, 2018, OCR issued a revised Case Processing Manual, setting forth OCR's procedures for conducting civil rights' investigations, monitoring enforcement actions, and initiating compliance reviews. Debbie Osgood, current counsel to colleges and universities across the country and a former, long-time federal Education Department official, will discuss the these developments, including recent case letters and resolution agreements issued by OCR, and provide practical guidance on steps for reaffirming and bolstering your institution’s Title IX compliance.


Promoting Realistic Expectations for Suicide Prevention on Campus
April 10, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Speaker: Peter F. Lake & Paul Polychronis

College student suicide prevention/intervention efforts are now integral to campus wellness and safety initiatives. However, it is possible the prevention and intervention efforts can become counter-productive. When implementing suicide prevention/intervention initiatives, colleges need to be wary of adopting overly optimistic program goals—particularly those that suggest that all suicides are preventable. Messages that claim suicide can be totally eradicated may be well-intentioned but may lead to a variety of unintended negative consequences. Unrealistic expectations for suicide prevention/intervention programs can make the complicated task of working with suicidal students even more difficult. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss promising practices in suicide prevention and how to create realistic expectations for effectiveness of our programs. The webinar will assist participants with understanding how the law and good healthcare practices can work together to reduce suicidality on campus and improve student mental health outcomes.




Revised Title IX Guidance: Impact of the New DCL and Significant Guidance
Sept. 26, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Speaker: Peter F. Lake

September 22, 2017: A Significant Day in Title IX Compliance
Join Stetson University College of Law on Thursday, September 26, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST for a live webinar from Peter F. Lake. Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Director Peter F. Lake will discuss the impact of the September 22, 2017 Dear Colleague Letter and withdrawal of Obama-era guidance on higher education institutions.


"Asking Adam" Legal Cases and Matters
Jun 28, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Speaker: Adam Jussel

Stetson University College of Law’s Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy is excited to announce our next installment of Asking Adam, our regular, webinar-like program designed to keep you up to date on recent cases and trends in litigation, and other legal matters. Adam Jussel brings a packed house program on litigation updates to our National Conference every year. He is the field's rising star and already a household name for our loyal attendees. Once a year is simply not enough. "Asking Adam" will broadcast on a quarterly basis and will feature segments on "Featured Case" and "Matters to Watch"-- and expect special guests to visit with Adam from time to time. Are you a practicing attorney looking to stay current on case law? Or are you an academic looking for the latest cases to write on? Maybe you are searching for something different for your classroom. This webinar is for you. We will preserve "Asking Adam" digitally so you can watch live or view later--perhaps during an in- service event or for your class. Join Adam live on June 21 at 2:00 pm Eastern for a don’t want to miss program. Sign up today!


Navigating Title IX Investigations
May 31, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Speaker: Debbie Osgood

Join Debbie Osgood, a long-time former official with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and current partner in the Education Practice Group at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., as she describes what to expect from an investigation of your Title IX program by OCR or the U.S. Department of Justice. This webinar will provide insights on the latest developments in this area under the Trump Administration. This webinar will also provide practical suggestions on conducting Title IX investigations that are fair, accurate and thorough, and designed to put your institution in the best compliance position in case of investigation by the federal government or challenge in civil litigation.

Litigation Update
May 3, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Speaker: Adam Jussel

Join Adam Jussel as he covers significant cases, regulations, and legal trends that have occured from January 2017-April 2017. This hour long webianr will be the first in our series of litigatioin updates produced out of Stetson University College of Law's Center for Higher Educaiton Law and Policy. If you are an academic looking for the latest cases to write on, if you are a practicing attorney looking to stay current on case law or if you are a student studying the field of education law, you will not want to miss this webinar.


The Branding of the American Mind: Intellectual Property and Why it Matters
May 17, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Speaker: Jacob Rooksby

Join us for a presentation on Jacob H. Rooksby’ newest book, The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage, and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The book is available for purchase when you register.
This book is a must read for every higher education institution and professor or researcher on campus. You will not want to miss the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the author. 



FLSA Updates in Higher Education
Sept. 27, 2016
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

On Dec. 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations that govern the payment of overtime wages to employees will take effect. Join Miriam McKendall and Joshua Bosin, attorneys in Holland & Knight’s Education Law Group and Labor and Employment Law Group, as they explore the new FLSA regulations through the lens of institutions of higher education. This program will provide a compliance overview for college and university officials, as well as a discussion of the practical implications of the revised FLSA rules. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. We hope you can tune in!
Presenters: Miriam McKendall and Joshua Bosin, Holland & Knight’s Education Law Group and Labor and Employment Law Group

Complying with Title IX and promoting Academic Freedom, Is this Possible?
June 13, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

This webinar will provide an understanding of how the courts currently treat academic freedom and administrative autonomy, as well as the role of Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights guidance in protecting first amendment/academic freedom, rights in the context of higher education. Furthermore, detailed and practical suggestions will be offered for how to effectively calibrate school policies in a manner which improves the efficacy of Title IX response systems while protecting and promoting academic freedom. 

Such measures include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • evaluating Title IX policies and procedures with respect to First Amendment requirements;
  • making specific improvements on instructional design and delivery;
  • understanding the interrelation of OCR’s Title IX Guidance with the 2003 guidance on hate speech;
  • effective training initiatives for Title IX Investigators and others on “hostile environment”;
  • and improving communication with faculty about new and emerging Title IX mandates.

Speaker - Peter F. Lake, Professor of Law

(recorded and available for download)

Legal Issues in Sexual Misconduct/Discrimination Matters: Case Law Update
Nov. 2, 2015 
2:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. MST
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. PST 

Register Now: $250

Join Adam Jussel, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Washington State University’s Office of Student Conduct, as he navigates the legal issues that arise in Sexual Misconduct/Discrimination matters higher education institutions face. This program will provide updates and trends surrounding Title IX related issues. There will also be analysis of components of the fair student conduct processes.

Speaker - Adam Jussel, J.D.


Preparing for the Red Zone:
Tackling Sexual Assault on Campus
Sept. 8, 2015 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT Broadcast
1:00 - 1:30 p.m. EDT Live Q&A session
Pre-recorded one hour webinar with a live Q&A session with Ms. Dunn

Register Now: $250

Every fall, students flood back to campus and there is a statistical increase in the rate of sexual violence that particularly affects freshmen and sophomore students.
Researchers had called this period of time the “red zone” and administrators need to be prepared to prevent and address the risk of violence on their campus. This webinar will go over current research on the “red zone,” discuss prevention programming, and delve into federal compliance responses to reports of sexual violence on campus including how to equitably structure hearings to balance the rights of victims and the accused as well as properly sanction those students found responsible for committing violence on campus.
*This webinar was originally recorded on Aug. 11, 2015.

Speaker - Laura Dunn, J.D.

FERPA for Security Officers
Sept. 3, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

How do universities best protect their campus communities?
How do campus safety officers navigate the legalities of FERPA while protecting the students, faculty and staff? Does FERPA override safety concerns or are there exceptions? Join Mark St. Louis, General Counsel at New College and a former member of the United States military in this interesting and educational presentation on how to keep your campus safe while following privacy regulations.
This live webinar is useful for campus safety officers, risk management employees, and local police officers that regularly interact with campus safety officers.

Speaker - Mark St. Louis, J.D.


Preparing for the Red Zone: Tackling Sexual Assault on Campus
Original broadcast August 11, 2015
Speaker - Laura Dunn, J.D.


Minors on Campus
June 10, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Since 2011, higher education institutions across the nation began realizing that they were not fully aware of just how big and dangerous a risk they were embracing in offering programs for minors. In the wake of this realization, institutions have been hard at work to evaluate, develop, and implement system-wide changes. Today, institutional awareness of this risk has increased tremendously and most have begun systematically addressing the exposure. Praesidium has worked with numerous universities—large and small, state and private—to help them assess and manage this exposure, and together we’ve learned six important lessons. These lessons include: internal committee dynamics, the pitfalls in policy development, and management of screening and training resources, relationships with vendors, and international programs.

Speaker - Candace D. Collins, J.D.

Accessing a Victim's Medical Records: HIPAA, FERPA, Ethics, and Best Practices
June 9, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

This webinar will help participants understand how Title IX, HIPAA, FERPA, state laws, professional ethics guidelines, and campus crime prevention initiatives interact in the domain of mental health records in higher education.

How do universities best protect their campus communities? When does a university have the legal right to access protected records, and when should they? What are the legal and safety consequences of doing so? How do HIPAA and FERPA speak to one another? What can campus policy makers do to help prevent conflicts and best protect their entire student body? The live webinar is useful for student affairs professionals, attorneys, campus safety officers, risk management employees, and human rights employees.

Speakers - Mark St. Louis, J.D., and Brian J. Mistler, Ph.D.


OCR April 24, 2015 Dear Colleague Letter - The Title IX Coordinator
May 8, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

OCR’s April 24, 2015 Dear Colleague Letter and companion documents have reiterated the Department of Education’s stance that all educational entities receiving Federal financial assistance must have at least one employee coordinate the entity’s Title IX responsibilities, commonly designated as a Title IX Coordinator. Specifically, OCR has now provided more guidance on how educational institutions choose who should be this employee, and the factors that the institution should consider in their selection. OCR has also expounded on the responsibilities of the Title IX Coordinator, and the visibility that the Coordinator’s office should have to anyone interacting with the institution.

Join Director of Stetson University College of Law's Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy and Interim Director of Title IX Compliance Peter F. Lake as he speaks on OCR’s new guidance, and the evolving position of the Title IX Coordinator.

Speaker - Peter F. Lake

Embracing Change: Equitable Rights In Higher Education
May 5, 2015
1:00 - 2:00p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $250

Please join Stetson University College of Law and the national nonprofit SurvJustice, Inc. on May 5, 2015 for a collaborative webinar regarding victim advocacy and support issues on college campuses for survivors of sexual violence.

This program will provide an overview of the rapidly changing national regulatory landscape and a discussion of equitable approaches to campus sexual violence with special consideration of victims’ rights issues, respondent due process, and institutional liability under Title IX, VAWA, and the Clery Act.

We will discuss effective building blocks of a sound university system including reporting methods that facilitate prompt investigations, structuring interim measures and accommodations, and ensuring process and outcome transparency.

Please save the date for this practical discussion on how to foster best practices on your campus to not only support your students but to ensure compliance within an increasingly regulated educational landscape.

Speaker - Laura Dunn


Defining Title IX Roles/Clery Act Roles - A Live Briefing
April 22, 2015
1:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $349

This webinar will help you understand how Title IX and Clery interact, now that the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 has amended Clery. Topics will include how Title IX and Clery interact in the areas of confidential victim reporting, and timely warnings.

This webinar brings together Stetson's Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, NASPA, VTV Family Outreach Foundation, and Workplace Answers, and delves into Title IX and Clery Act roles on campus. The live webinar is useful for student affairs professionals, attorneys, campus safety officers, risk management employees, and human rights employees.


I'm an Employee, Now What? Responsible Employee v. CSA
Thursday, March 26, 2015
12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern
11:00-12:00 p.m. Central
10:00-11:00 A.m. Mountain
9:00-10:00 a.m. Pacific

Register Now: $250

Join the Center for Higher Education Law and Policy and Margolis Healy, as Steven J. Healy walks you through the differences between responsible employees and CSAs. This webinar will help you answer the complicated new questions arising out of identification of employees, duties and responsibilities, and the various groups of employees.

Today's employee may have a variety of roles on campus or in the workplace. Mr. Healy will discuss how each of these roles have different, similar, and sometimes conflicting roles.
Price is per site.

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.

Pay to Play: Student-Athletes as Employees
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 | 12:00 - 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  |  3:00 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  |  2:00 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  |  2:00 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 | 12:00 - 1:00 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.