Law 101 for Faculty: Avoiding Lawsuits
You are invited to a free seminar with Scott Lewis, J.D. & partner with the NCHERM Group - Law 101 for Faculty: Avoiding Lawsuits. This is sponsored by the MSU Denver Equal Opportunity Office, Office of Academic and Student Affairs, as well as the Dean’s from SCOPS, SCOLAS and SCOBS.
Date: September 6th, 2013
Place: Spring Hill Suites Marriott at MSU Denver, 1190 Auraria Parkway, Auraria Campus
Time- choose from one of the THREE repeating sessions below:
1) 8:30 – 10:30 am Continental Breakfast begins at 7:45 am
2) 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm Light lunch will be served beginning at 10:45 am
3) 2:30 – 4:30 pm Light refreshments will be served beginning at 2:00 pm
Law 101 for Faculty: Avoiding Lawsuits Presented by W. Scott Lewis
FERPA, The ADA, Section 504, HIPAA, Title VII, Title IX, Section 1983, Tort Law…. whew! These are just a few of the legal landmines that faculty are expected to know how to manage – all while maintaining their research, publication, service, and teaching requirements. Unfortunately, ignorance is not a defense if you fail to meet your obligations under these laws. And, without proper training, faculty members can expose themselves and their institutions to costly and embarrassing complaints and litigation from students, parents and colleagues. This 2-hour program will provide all faculty members with the necessary tools and information to understand the legal concerns that most commonly impact them and how to best prevent litigation.
Topics that will be covered include:
- Recent court decisions that apply to college faculty
- Faculty implications of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Students’ speech rights in class
- Types of assignments that may expose faculty to legal challenges
- Defensible policies for use of cell phones and laptops during class
- Avoiding common classroom mistakes that can provoke a legal suit
- Errors in judgment that can lead to harassment complaints
- ADA and disabilities in the classroom
- Sexual harassment and students
- Sexual harassment and faculty
- Affirmative “duty to report” requirements
A question and answer period will allow faculty to present their issues and scenarios for candid expert opinion. These can be submitted anonymously ahead of time.