College and University Student Organizations: Best Practices & Risk Management Considerations

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DL Only                $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Richard Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? College and university administrators, attorneys representing colleges and universities, human resources personnel, student affairs personnel
Best For: Higher Education

From student-sponsored clubs to fraternities and sororities, student organizations are an integral part of the college learning experience both for their social as well as intellectual value. Sadly, however, alcohol use, illegal drugs, hazing, sexual assault, etc., in some student organizations has become accepted. Colleges and universities understand the seriousness of these problems and are making serious efforts to deal with them before such abuses are out of control. Also, recent news stories describe how certain colleges and universities are trying to rein in control over their fraternities and sororities in an effort to curb campus sexual assaults. While these efforts may provide colleges and universities with more control over their student organizations, they may also be opening up institutions to liability for the actions of their student organizations. Colleges and universities need to be aware of the potential consequences of cracking down on out of control student organizations. Finding answers often begins with a well-founded understanding of the rules governing your student organizations and possible modifications that deserve considerations before a situation gets worse.

Please join Richard Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin, as he discusses the law with respect to when colleges and universities can be held legally liable for the acts of their student organizations and how best to insulate an institution from liability connected to the acts of its student organizations. Rick will also discuss best practices relating to student organization chartering, oversight, and operation.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • A summary of recent developments where colleges are beginning to aggressively regulate the activities of student organizations
  • Review of student organization chartering, oversight, and operations rules and how colleges and universities should be monitoring the activities of their student organizations
  • A discussion of case law outlining the circumstances where colleges and universities are legally liable for the acts of student organizations
  • A list of best practices to maximize control over student organizations in a manner that does not give rise to undue legal risk


Your conference leader for “College and University Student Organizations: Best Practices & Risk Management Considerations” is Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison, Wisconsin. Rick focuses his practice in the areas of labor, employment, and school law. He advises school boards on all areas of employment law including misconduct investigations, state and federal wage and hour laws, employee handbooks, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, personnel records, technology-related matters, anti-discrimination, and harassment. He also has extensive experience on matters involving labor relations, collective bargaining, contract interpretation and administration, public records, pupil records, open meetings law, and constitutional law. Rick has published many articles on school and employment law related topics. In addition he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with school, labor, and employment-related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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