Sunday, April 27, 2014

My next webinar is only 11 days away: Student Handbooks

The 21st Century has heralded dramatic changes in higher education. Among them is the transformation of students and their parents into savvy consumers. They are buying a product − a diploma, a certification, a license to practice a profession − and they have many more options in the marketplace than ever before. The product you offer is expensive and your consumers demand that you deliver. Otherwise, at best they’ll go to another institution. At worst, they’ll sue you. Somewhere in the middle, your disciplinary actions may just be subject to challenge, but, even in this situation, without a well written and defensible student handbook in place your institution may find it difficult to defend its student disciplinary decisions.
This new business environment colleges and universities find themselves in demands that the institution’s handbook be a carefully crafted document, designed to deal with the multitude of unpredictable, but inevitable, issues that arise within a community comprised of bright but mostly young clientele.
The student handbook is a crucial piece of the contractual relationship between the institution and its students. As such, it can be a trap that ensnares the institution in a costly legal net. Or it can be a shield, protecting the school and its trustees, officers and employees from lawsuits, as well as publicity debacles. It all depends upon how thoughtfully and effectively the document is crafted − how well the institution’s faculty and staff are trained to use it − and how thoroughly it is integrated into the campus culture. Please join Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera for a review of both the risks and protections which student handbooks are intended to provide and a review of the policies which your student handbook should include.
Just a sampling of the many practical tips you’ll take away:
Review student disciplinary rules and regulations
Understand the role of residence life in enforcing the rules
Know the role of security/public safety in enforcing policies
Discuss the student judicial process: from initial investigation of the charges to appeal of the discipline imposed
Discuss special, highly sensitive topics: harassment, bullying and sexual assault
Understand how academic standards and standing come into play
Discuss academic integrity and honor systems
Consider students’ roles in university governance
Find out how student organizations and activities come into play
Understand how financial obligations and financial aid issues may be affected
Best For: Higher Education
Date/Time: 5/08/2014, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): James Ottavio Castagnera, Ph.D. and Attorney at Law
Price: $299.00 webinar, $299.00 CD, $399.00 webinar + CD. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, faculty, staff, higher education counsel

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