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2022 Webinars

Higher Education and the Constitutionalist Court: The Supreme Court expands Liberty and Promotes Democratic Decision-Making

August 17, 2022

1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Register Now: $199.00 per institution

Speaker: William E. Thro, General Counsel at The University of Kentucky

The 2021-22 U.S. Supreme Court term was among the most consequential in American history. Although everyone knows about the abortion decision, the Court also issued several landmark decisions. Specifically, it expanded liberties under the Free Speech Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, the Establishment Clause, and the Second Amendment and limited both Congress and the Executive Branch in ways that promote democratic decision-making. Although none of these landmarks directly involved higher education, each of them has profound implications for higher education. Please join The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy and William Thro, General Counsel at The University of Kentucky, on August 17th to explore these cases and the possible consequences for higher education.

The Webinar will address:

  • Carson v. Makin (Expansion of Religious Liberty)
  • Cummings v. Premier Rehab. (Availability of emotional distress damages under statutes imposing conditions on the receipt of federal funds)
  • Kennedy v. Bremerton School Dist. (Expansion of Religious Liberty)
  • NFIB v. OSHA (Limitation on federal government to impose public health measures)
  • New York state Rifle & Pistol Ass'n v. Bruen (Expansion of the right to bear arms)
  • Shurtleff v. Boston (government speech doctrine)
  • West Virginia v. EPA. (Limitation on Executive Branch's ability to broadly interpret a statute to justify a significant policy)

Title IX: What the Proposed New Regulations Mean for 2022 and Beyond

July 21, 2022

2:00 – 3:30 pm ET

Register Now: $199.00 per institution

Speaker: Peter F. Lake, Professsor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law

On June 23, 2022—the 50th anniversary of Title IX—the Department of Education issued new proposed Title IX regulations for notice and comment to come. The proposed regulations include greater LGBTQIA protections, stronger pregnant and parenting protections, reconceptualize and expand the definition of harassment, and allow for greater adaptability for recipient grievance process including the use of the single investigator model in some jurisdictions where it may be still allowed. The proposed regulations retain many features of the currently in-force regulations and are sensitive to challenges recipients face in an ever more complex and contentious regulatory environment. The new regulations also track many features of the newly minted guidance from the American Law Institute on sexual misconduct.

Join Professor Peter Lake for this 90-minute webinar discussing the new proposed regulations. We will consider the legal and political landscape in 2022 and beyond, and changes that DOE might make in light of what promises to be an active notice and comment process on the proposed regulations. The webinar will focus on where we may be on the pathway to sustainable Title IX regulation.

2021 Webinars

Academic Success & Religion: Rethinking How Faith and Higher Education Intersect

December 8, 2021

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Dr. Ilana M. Horwitz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and the Fields-Rayant Chair in Contemporary Jewish Life at Tulane University

We hope you will Join Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy in welcoming promising new influencer Dr. Ilana M. Horwitz, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and the Fields-Rayant Chair in Contemporary Jewish Life at Tulane University, for a webinar exploring the ways in which religious upbringing, especially for conservative Christians, can impact the academic trajectories of American teenagers.

Based on her soon-to-be released book, God, Grades, and Graduation: Religion’s Surprising Impact on Academic Success (Oxford University Press, January 2022), Dr. Horwitz’s webinar will explore her pathbreaking research into “abider” students—those who “believe and belong”. Drawing on 10 years of survey data with over 3,000 teenagers and over 200 interviews, her discoveries offer a revealing and at times surprising account of how teenagers' religious upbringing influences their educational pathways from high school to college. Dr. Horwitz estimates that approximately one out of every four students in American schools are raised with religious restraint. By illuminating the far-reaching effects of the childrearing logic of religious restraint, God, Grades and Graduation offers a compelling new narrative about the role of religion in academic outcomes and educational inequality.

Believing in God and belonging to a religious community shape educational outcomes in K-12 and in college in ways that may not have been understood previously. Dr. Horwitz has an engaging and inclusive approach to this topic yet is sure to challenge and encourage us to consider the roles of religion, belief, and even atheism in education in a new light. It turns out that believing in something and being connected to a community of individuals with similar beliefs are critical variables in academic success—with some important caveats.

Dr. Horwitz’s work and findings have significant implications for recruitment, retention, and student life, as well as attainment efforts, classroom and instructional design, alumni relations, development efforts, and more. We are convinced that her new book will land on every higher education 'must read' list in 2022; this is a unique opportunity to begin engaging with her work now in pre-publication and to utilize her findings to the advantage of your Spring 2022 recruitment efforts.

The webinar will be conducted in an interactive interview style on Wednesday, December 8 at 12 p.m. by Assistant Vice President Blaze Bowers, Lincoln Memorial University—a Stetson University alumnus and Leader of the newly reformed Center Advisory Group.

Disability Discrimination Law and Higher Education: History and Current Issues

November 17, 2021

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Laura Rothstein, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar at University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Federal disability law plays a massive role in higher education, touching nearly every department on campus. From classroom accommodations and campus accessibility to issues related to discrimination and inclusion, nearly everyone plays a role in maintaining compliance by providing fair and equal access to students with disabilities. Consequently, it is crucial to educate employees, faculty, and staff on federal disability law, its implications, and its requirements.

In this session, Laura Rothstein will draw upon expertise gleaned from her broad experience as a consultant, published author, and Dean to explain the history of the ADA, higher education’s response to the ADA, and current and emerging issues surrounding federal disability law. Attendees will learn when to implement Section 504 to deliver course content, how the ADA extends to staff, and the important role campus administrators play in educating faculty and staff on issues pertaining to federal compliance.

The New Student Athlete: A Conversation With Scott Bearby Regarding Alston

October 14, 2021

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Scott Bearby, Interim Senior Vice President and General Counsel, NCAA

The legal issues surrounding college athletes are often as dynamic as the sports they play. With ongoing litigation and rules changes pertaining to college athletics, institutions must keep abreast of the latest regulations and resources emerging from the NCAA.

In June of 2021, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the landmark case, NCAA v. Alston, determining the parameters by which the NCAA may set education-related benefits and clarifying the applicability of federal antitrust law to NCAA rule-making. Those using the courts to challenge NCAA rule-making are expected to rely on the Alston decision to shape their arguments.

Scott Bearby, General Counsel to the NCAA, will discuss governance post- Alston, including the NCAA interim name/image/likeness policy, and how each institution might assess the impact of the ruling on their athletic departments. Drawing on over 20 years of experience with the NCAA, Mr. Bearby will also provide information and considerations on other current hot-button issues, such as gender equity issues in athletics, and what to expect concerning NCAA events and championships during COVID-19.

Title IX Pivots… Implications of The Biden Administration’s 100 Day Review and Recent Interpretations and Clarifications of the 2020 Title IX Regulations Amendments

September 30, 2021

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Peter F. Lake, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law

Following an Executive Order by President Biden on March 8, 2021, the Department of Education has completed a 100-day Title IX review and has generated a ‘Questions and Answers’ document to clarify existing Title IX rules and regulations. The Department of Education has also communicated with the field regarding cross examination standards, in light of recent judicial precedent. There are indications that the current administration intends to alter the federal government’s approach to Title IX enforcement, while preserving certain features of prior regulations. Some changes will have immediate impact; broader evolution of Title IX enforcement lies on the horizon when the new administration opens a notice and comment process for regulatory reform.

We hope you will join Professor Peter Lake as he reflects on this transitional moment in Title IX enforcement. Now is the time to evaluate your campus’ compliance efforts in light of the new communications to the field from the Department of Education. This webinar will be moderated by Center Coordinator, Kaylie Murphy, with technical support from Center Fellow and Stetson Law student, Grace Moseley.

Ransomware: How to Plan for and Manage the Risk to Your Institution

CLE Credit Available

July 22, 2021

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: F. Paul Greene, PhD, CIPP/US, CIPP/E - Chair, Privacy and Data Security Practice Group, Harter Secrest & Emery, LLP

The risk of ransomware is rising in all industries, but especially in higher education. Given its widely-distributed networks and unique user base, higher education presents a target-risk environment for ransomware attackers, as well as a host of regulatory, operational, and public relations risks that can be catastrophic for an institution.

Before the new academic year begins, institutions must assess the risk that ransomware poses and are best served if they plan in advance for the challenges they face. These risks and challenges include: navigating the complex legal and regulatory landscape surrounding a ransomware attack, how best to preserve the attorney-client privilege in relation to your ransomware response, staffing and training your institution’s incident response team, and interacting with your insurance carrier.

F. Paul Greene, Chair of the Privacy and Data Security Practice Group at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, will address these issues and share real-world experience on how higher education institutions have survived and even thrived through ransomware incidents. F. Paul will provide practical advice on how best to manage often-competing regulatory concerns, and how to motivate disparate institutional teams to work together to minimize the aftereffects of an attack.

The Last, Best Chance to Get it Right: Designing and Implementing Effective Title IX Appeal Procedures

June 16, 2021

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Joshua Whitlock, Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C.

Appeals are a required and critically important aspect of each school’s Title IX sexual harassment grievance procedures. By offering a final opportunity to review the Title IX team’s investigation and resolution of the allegations in question, appeals help ensure a thorough and fair process, providing a welcome layer of risk mitigation. However, to ensure that appeals are fully compliant, function properly and effectively, and avoid inequity and unnecessary legal risk, each school must design its appeal procedures carefully, and thoughtfully select and train its appellate authorities.

In this webinar, Josh Whitlock will draw on his experience drafting dozens of appeal procedures, training plenty of Title IX appellate officers, frequently serving as an appellate officer himself, and defending appeal-related litigation to address legal and regulatory nuance, practical tips, and promising practices that will help ensure maximum usefulness from your Title IX Sexual Harassment appeal procedures.

Fall 2021: Navigating Accommodation Issues for Students and Employees

May 26, 2021

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Susan Llewellyn Deniker - Chair, Labor and Employment Department at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

With a new academic year on the horizon, institutes of higher education are once again tasked with the challenge of meeting the physical and mental health needs of their students and staff during a lingering pandemic. Institutions are faced with new and complex issues – ranging from mandatory vaccinations, to the proper handling of COVID-19 related accommodation requests—affecting students, faculty, and staff.

Join Susan Llewellyn Deniker, Chair of the Labor and Employment Department of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, as she identifies novel health challenges facing university leadership. This webinar will provide practical approaches and solutions to various COVID-19 related issues surrounding the mental health and physical safety of students, faculty, and staff.

2020 Webinars

Title IX Litigation Update - Part 4 in a Series

December 4, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Jacob Sapp - Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Austin College

Please join the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy for Part 4 of our ongoing Title IX Series with Jacob Sapp, Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Austin College. In this webinar, we will explore the critical Title IX legal developments that have taken place since July, specifically addressing various federal circuit courts’ decisions concerning colleges’ and universities’ institutional liability for Title IX violations, which is on the rise.

Building on the foundations we laid in the Summer 2020 Know Your Cases series, this webinar will also survey how the different circuits are responding to major Title IX causes of action, such as:

  • Deliberate Indifference; Erroneous Outcome & Selective Enforcement; Retaliation;
  • Title IX & Transgender Rights;
  • The intersection of Title IX & Title VI;
  • The Intersection of Title IX & Title VII, including hostile environment;
  • Violations of Due Process, including whether cross-examination is required;
  • Novel Case Updates;
  • Legal Challenges to the new Title IX Regulations; and more.

This webinar will provide Title IX administrators, investigators, and other compliance professionals with invaluable insights to navigate the rapidly evolving legal landscape of Title IX. This webinar is complimentary for those who purchased our three-part series this summer and is also available for individual purchase. Join us for this essential case law update; you will not want to miss this.

Boots on the Ground: Ensuring Equity and Mitigating Risk in the Covid-19 Era

November 5, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speakers: Timothy Kessler-Cleary (Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and Retention and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Caldwell University) and Noah Welte (Associate Legal Counsel at Thomas More University)

Modern universities have never had to manage campus life during a global pandemic. There is plenty of guidance but no definitive, boots on the ground, playbook on how to operate during such a monumental public health challenge. Each campus has unique characteristics and circumstances; there’s no ‘model’ strategy that operationally tasked administrations can follow to safeguard their campuses. We do know this: what works for one university may not work for another, and not everything that works well in theory works well in practice.

This webinar is an opportunity to hear about and share what has worked - and what has not - among higher education institutions. This is not just another review of current CDC guidance, etc., but an opportunity to learn from the ‘staff sergeants’ who have been deployed forward in the war against Covid-19. What you learn from this webinar might save lives - and improve your campus public health responses.

Please join our front-line experienced presenters, Timothy Kessler-Cleary (Assistant Dean, Student Engagement and Retention and Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Caldwell University) and Noah Welte (Associate Legal Counsel at Thomas More University) as they share their insights on the various considerations, responses, and policies schools have made to curb the spread of Covid-19 and provide for a safe campus life. Topics include equity in access, privacy concerns in hybrid and remote learning environments, quarantine and isolation practices, and the intersection between state guidance and institutional policy.

This interactive session will provide opportunity for participants to share their ideas, perspectives, and experiences in addition to those of the presenters. Participants will consider how the topics and practices discussed might relate and/or be applicable to their individual institutions. If you are unable to join us live, please remember that this webinar will be available for viewing in our Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy Webinar Library.

Understanding the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

October 29, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Kristina Hartman, Associate University Legal Counsel, Virginia Tech

On September 22, 2020, the White House issued the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (EO 13950). Aimed at eliminating divisive concepts from workplace trainings, EO 13950 includes broad definitions and carries with it a risk of losing federal funds for those who do not comply. At a time when colleges and universities are facing increasing pressure to create more inclusive campuses, EO 13950 has created confusion for institutions on how best to proceed.

Join Kristina Hartman, Associate University Counsel at Virginia Tech, as she takes you through what is contained in the Executive Order, the various ways in which it applies to institutions of higher education, and how federal agencies and higher ed institutions are responding. While recognizing the numerous challenges higher ed institutions currently face, this webinar will also address areas and issues institutions should consider immediately, and in the near future, for compliance with the Executive Order.

May I Stay or Must I Go? Higher Education Immigration Issues for Foreign Students and Academics in the Time of Covid-19

September 24, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Christian G.A. Zeller, Managing Partner at Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A.

Immigration law’s impact on higher education is, and will be, a moving target throughout academic year 2020-21. The current public health crisis has disrupted immigration and visa processes. Recent travel bans, entry requirements, and more continue to complicate a now highly politicized, and subsequently volatile, body of law and federal policy. An election is looming, with immigration issues prominently featured in the national debate.

Join our immigration law expert and practitioner, attorney Christian G.A. Zeller, as he helps you navigate the new "normal" in federal immigration law and policy. Learn more about new immigration policies, and legal developments relating to foreign nationals in the higher education workforce and to foreign and undocumented students.

Mr. Zeller will offer practical insights regarding new immigration policies. These insights will be immediately helpful to your campuses in order to remain in compliance during these dynamic times. You will also be in a superior position to plan ahead and prepare for immigration law and policy changes to come.

Esports: The COVID-Proof Cocurricular Activity

September 16, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speakers: George S. McClellan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Higher Education at The University of Mississippi & Ryan Arnett, Esports Subject Matter Expert

This informative and interactive webinar will offer participants up-to-date information on law, policy, and practice related to intercollegiate Esports programs. Esports is one of the fastest growing cocurricular activities in higher education and offers learning, enrollment, and campus climate opportunities for those colleges and universities which purposefully and thoughtfully manage them.

Please join our Esports experts, George S. McClellan and Ryan Arnett, as they define Esports and present it as a uniquely positioned activity during the COVID pandemic. They will help guide you in how to develop campus-specific strategies to assure success of programs and student-athletes on your campus.

Landmark Title VII Case with Potential Major Implications for Title IX: Bostock Affirms Rights for Homosexual and Transgender Employees

September 9, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Michael Raupp, Senior Associate at Husch Blackwell

In June 2020, the Supreme Court issued one of its most significant recent decisions, Bostock v. Clayton County. In the 6-3 decision, the Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (among other protected categories), includes protections for homosexual and transgender employees.

Please join the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy, along with Michael Raupp, Senior Associate at Husch Blackwell, as we explore the numerous ramifications of this decision for institutions of higher education. As employers, of course, this decision directly impacts colleges and universities. To be sure, this decision will trigger much conversation and speculation about its potential application to Title IX, and its application to a broader range of LGBTQIA rights issues. Further adding to the discussion, the Supreme Court also issued another Title VII related decision this term in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, which ‘clarified’ the “ministerial exception” for religiously affiliated employers. That case also has significant implications for higher education, and Title IX enforcement.

In this webinar, we will analyze all of these developments, consider the potential extrapolations from them, and discuss how they could impact your institution. We will also address the Court’s reliance on ‘textualism’---and what this might mean for future cases raising issues of constitutional and statutory interpretation related to higher education. If you are able to find the time during this demanding semester, we hope you can join us live. As always, this webinar will be available asynchronously if that better fits your schedule.

Meeting the Moment: Social Justice Returns to Campus

August 27, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Julian R. Williams

Gearing up for a rapidly approaching fall semester, university administrations across the country are experiencing increased internal and external pressure to address long-standing issues of institutional racism and systemic inequities. Institutions of higher education must reconcile their pasts with the present; robust strategies are needed to respond to social justice activism that campuses will see in the fall.

How should institutions move forward in a way that is most equitable to their student bodies, faculty/staff, and the communities they serve? How can schools be more transparent, honest, and engage more fully with their students and the public? What works, and what does not?

Prepare now for an academic year that will long be remembered as a pivot point in the history of social justice and civil rights on campus.

Please join the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy together with Julian R. Williams, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of South Carolina in a discussion on what schools must do to meet this moment and act upon the calls for social justice and more equitable campus environments.

Religious Autonomy: The Higher Education Implications of Our Lady of Guadalupe

August 6, 2020

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: William E. Thro

The Supreme Court’s decision in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru represents a significant expansion of religious liberty with profound implications for higher education. The Court, by a vote of 7-2, held that the First Amendment Religion Clauses protect the right of churches and other religious institutions to decide matters of faith and doctrine without government intrusion.

Please join William E. Thro, General Counsel of the University of Kentucky, as he explores both the decision and its implications for higher education. Specifically, this webinar will give background on the decision and the Court’s reasoning, how this decision expands the definition of “ministerial exception,” and its impact on Private Religious Institutions and Student Religious Organizations at Public Institutions.

Beyond Rehab Part 2: Physical and Mental Safety during Covid-19

July 22, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speakers: Tom Bennett, Carrie Smith, Laurel Donley

COVID-19 poses a significant threat to student mental health. Treatment facilities are seeing upticks in referrals and admissions for anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, and trauma. On-campus resources will be strained this Fall: higher education administrators should be ready when possible to make use of community partners and higher level of care resources.

In this webinar, HECMA and Acadia Healthcare will come together to explain how institutions of higher education can address student issues related to health and wellbeing in the context of COVID-19, campus re-openings and remote learning. Presenters will provide a comprehensive overview of higher education case management and how it may look in different institutional and instructional settings. Participants will also learn how institutions can provide care and offer supportive measures under the new Title IX regulations.

Toward Technological Equity in Title IX Proceedings

July 16, 2020

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

The Department of Education issued a Final Rule in May on the subject of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In particular, the new rule includes language requiring that any hearing involving an allegation of Sexual Harassment (or related misconduct) must allow for cross-examination that is both 1) remotely “Facilitated by Technology;” and 2) conducted using “advisor(s) of choice” for all involved parties.

The challenges associated with all aspects of remote hearings will only be exacerbated by continuing impacts related to COVID-19. As such, it will be essential for recipients—inclusive of both Title IX and Title IX-adjacent offices and departments within—to proactively address how to support the needs of affiliates AND non-affiliates (such as party-selected advisors) in overcoming barriers to equitable utilization of technology when participating in Title IX related proceedings.

Please join Nathan Perry, Associate Title IX Coordinator at the University of Alabama – Birmingham and Bob Hughes, Professor Emeritus at Seattle University as they introduce Universal Design (UD) as a concept for consideration when developing responsive protocols and materials. Specifically, this webinar will introduce several tools for immediate application and adoption, such as an “equity assessment,” and a “disruption response documentation.”

Pathways Forward: 25 Take-Aways from the “Final” Title IX Regulations

July 7, 2020

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

In this special 2-hour webinar, Professor Peter F. Lake will help you frame the choices that lie ahead and the major contours of your compliance efforts--organized around ‘25 take-aways’.You probably have many people telling you what to do regarding Title IX compliance right now; this webinar will lay out what lies ahead, and trust in your wisdom to choose the best pathways forward for your institution. We hope that you are able to join Professor Lake at this defining time in higher education.

Know the Cases: Title IX in the Courts - A Three Part Webinar Series

Part 1: Title IX in the Supreme Court –Foundations and Open Questions

May 28, 2020

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

This foundations oriented webinar will provide an overview and analysis of Title IX SCOTUS cases, and will analyze related due process, and administrative law and civil rights SCOTUS cases. Participation in this webinar will be essential to fully grasp the challenges lower federal courts are facing---to be discussed in Part 2 of the series.

Part 2: Federal Courts and Title IX—Activism, Splits and Judicial Supervision of Higher Education

June 11, 2020

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and other lower federal courts have been grappling with a variety of issues related to Title IX compliance. Federal courts have been exceptionally active in recent years; there are significant points of disagreement over various aspects of Title IX compliance among the Circuits. Part 2 of the series will provide an overview of salient rulings in the federal courts and will include extensive discussion of the various ways in which lower federal courts have considered issues yet to be squarely decided by SCOTUS. Part 2 contains extensive legal analysis.

Part 3: Intersections of Title IX with State Law

June 24, 2020

1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

In part three of the series we will discuss select state statutes, regulations and common law rulings –and connections to Title IX compliance. Note that state contract law has significant impact on Title IX compliance—a topic rarely addressed as such in Title IX compliance presentations. During this webinar we will address, inter alia, critical features of cutting edge law in California, New York, Texas, and Idaho law.

To Remember: Reflections on Kent State 50 Years Later

May 4, 2020

12:24 p.m. - 1:24 p.m. Eastern

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Please join Professor Lake in a moving remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of events at Kent State in May 1970. In this free webinar Professor Lake will share his reflections on how May 4, 1970 shaped higher education today.

Implications of The U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Regulations on Religious Liberty and Free Speech

April 15, 2020

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

In January, the U.S. Department of Education proposed new regulations designed to secure both religious liberty and free speech. This follows on the executive order issued by Trump. Although the proposed regulations simply reflect existing Supreme Court precedent and the Trump Administration’s interpretation of the First Amendment, the impact on public institutions and, to a lesser extent, private institutions will be profound. In particular, institutions will face significant penalties for acts and omissions which violate the Constitution. This one-hour webinar explores the significance of the proposed regulations.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

Supreme Court jurisprudence on religious liberty on campus

Supreme Court jurisprudence on free speech on campus

Overview of the requirements and prohibitions of the new regulations

Potential impact on private institutions and those public institutions in States with Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Best practices for avoiding legal conflicts with the new regulations

Join William E. Thro, General Counsel of the University of Kentucky, a former Solicitor General of Virginia, and a recipient of Stetson University’s Kaplin Award for Outstanding Higher Education Law & Policy Scholarship, for this critical webinar.

2019 Webinars

A Hardening Market: Changes in the Insurance World in Higher Education

November 21, 2019

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

The insurance market in higher education is hardening. Significant, if subtle, changes are occurring in the insurance industry that will impact campuses in the near and long term. Expect more requests for information related to potential claims against colleges and universities—especially Title IX. New “notice” practices are not the only changes; look for new exclusions and other restrictions in coverage—and even reduced capacity.

This is happening at a time where the need for insurance at colleges and universities has never been greater, as litigation and regulatory pressures mount.

Join Professor Peter F. Lake, Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy, at Stetson and Kathy Hargis, Assistant Vice President of Risk Management & Compliance at Lipscomb University and former President of URMIA, for this critical webinar. The presenters will explain the changes affecting insurance in higher education and provide critical insights on how schools can respond to these new dynamics—all in the context of the ongoing legal challenges facing higher education.

Beyond Rehab and More...

November 19, 2019

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution


  • Peter F. Lake, Professor of Law and Charles A. Dana Chair and Director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law
  • Tom Bennett, Higher Education Recovery Coordinator, Acadia Healthcare Recovery Division

The number of college student hospitalizations has risen dramatically in the last decade—some institutions report that their patient admissions for stabilizations have doubled in the last two years alone. Often these students are treated as if they are addicted, which may contribute to, or even aggravate the crisis. While many hospitalized students have abused substances, most have not developed true chemical dependency issues. Instead, students with substance use disorders typically have co-occurring mental health challenges that lead them to self-medicate. Are we doing enough to help students? Are we offering the right kinds of interventions? Notably, even recent judicial decisions have begun to force a dialogue about proper levels and types of intervention. So, colleges and universities can and should assist these students in avoiding addiction and also in pursuing the proper treatments and therapies.

Join Professor Peter Lake, an expert on higher education law and policy, and Tom Bennett, Higher Education Recovery Coordinator at Acadia Healthcare, for this important webinar. Professor Lake and Tom will offer their thoughts on how colleges and universities—and treatment centers—can think beyond rehabilitation to support students during challenging mental health struggles in holistic and manageable ways. The presenters will provide specific thoughts on how to improve on-campus resources for students while giving greater visibility to essential third-party resources.

DUE DILIGENCE ALERT: Student Short Term/Limited Duration Health Coverage - Compliance Pitfalls and Possibilities - Webinar

October 8, 2019

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Complimentary Webinar


  • Peter F. Lake, Professor of Law and Charles A. Dana Chair and Director, Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law
  • Robert Duston, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Stephen L. Beckley, Healthcare Management and Benefit Consultants Specializing in Higher Education, HBC - SLBA

Are you trying do right by your students when promoting or facilitating short term/limited duration health care coverage for them? Is it possible that departments within your institution have promoted or endorsed health insurance coverage to your students in ways other than offering a formally provided student health insurance/benefit program? You may not realize the compliance issues created even when acting in good faith. Join us for this important due diligence alert, which will not only frame the compliance challenges you may face—in understandable terms—but will also provide you with practical guidance and promising practices for the operation of student health insurance/benefit programs.

The webinar will address the potentially serious legal compliance implications involved when colleges promote or facilitate health insurance plans for students, including the risks of running afoul of:

· federal civil rights law (specifically Title IX and federal disability law),

· non-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and

· typical college non-discrimination policies—perhaps much like yours.

This webinar is the result of longitudinal and interdisciplinary efforts under the leadership of the American College Health Association's Insurance Coalition—and its attorneys and consultants who were the primary authors for guidance issued by ACHA in December 2018: “Update: Concerns for Colleges Promoting to Students Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance or Other Plans that are Not Compliant with the Affordable Care Act.” Stetson University's Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy is proud to host, and participate in, this important webinar.

ACHA has received numerous inquiries since the December 2018 Update. Many college administrators remain predictably confused about the compliance thresholds for “endorsing, administering, or participating in” health insurance provided to students. Join our expert presenters who will unpack the due diligence issues for you—even if you have limited experience in this area.

There could be serious legal ramifications for a college even if a college does not collect premiums or have a policy issued to it by a health insurance organization. Take heart: the webinar will not only help you avoid common compliance pitfalls but also explore possibilities for your students you may not have considered.

End of the Academic Year Title IX Update: Planning Now for Next Year's Compliance Requirements

May 8, 2019

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Register Now: $275.00 per institution

Speaker: Peter F. Lake

Proposed Title IX regulations promulgated in 2018 and the accompanying notice and comment period received over 100,000 comments, many of them not supportive of key features of the proposed regulations. The Department of Education has been taking months reviewing the staggering volume of comments: meanwhile Congress has been discussing these regulations and the future of Title IX. Some issues including requiring direct cross-examination, campus responses to off-campus incidents, and the restriction of the definition of harassment are dominating the debate. In addition, recent court cases in the Sixth Circuit and in California are shaping discussions while Congress deliberates the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Join Professor Peter Lake, a national expert on Title IX, in this important end-of-the-academic-year webinar to discuss these important issues. He will offer his thoughts on what campuses should be doing to prepare for what lies ahead in this exceptionally dynamic moment in Title IX regulation—and provide specific thoughts on how to plan for training, staffing, policy initiatives and continuing education in the coming budget year.

2018 Webinars

Title IX Compliance Issues in the Trump Era: Updates on Title IX Policy and OCR Enforcement

June 12, 2018

1 p.m. - 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.

2017 Webinars

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 occurred from January 2017-April 2017. This hour long webinar will be the first in our series of litigation 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.

2016 Webinars

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

Further Archived Webinars (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

Register Now

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

View Pre-Recorded Webinar

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)

View Pre-Recorded Webinar 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

View Pre-Recorded Webinar 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."

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?

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?

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

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.