1. Drafting and Auditing Student Handbooks to Ensure Legal Compliance and Avoid Risk

Drafting and Auditing Student Handbooks to Ensure Legal Compliance and Avoid Risk

Drafting and Auditing Student Handbooks to Ensure Legal Compliance and Avoid Risk
Event ID: 72635
Session ID: 15624

Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq., managing director of K&C HR Enterprises and legal counsel at Rider University
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, faculty, staff, higher education counsel
Best For: Higher education

Student handbooks currently figure into a startling amount of litigation. In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal set aside the defendant-college’s Title IX sexual-assault determination and sanctions, because the school failed to follow the procedures published in its student handbook.

The student handbook is a crucial piece of the contractual relationship between the institution and its students. Depending on how 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, it can be a trap that ensnares the institution in a costly legal net or it can be a shield that protects the school, its trustees, officers and employees from lawsuits and publicity debacles.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera for comprehensive guidance on crafting a student handbook that protects your school and students.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What should and should not be included in your student handbook
  • The handbook’s role in the due-process rights of students
  • The handbook as a part of the contract between you and your students
  • The role of reservations of rights
  • What the latest court opinions teach us about best practices


Your conference leader for “Drafting and Auditing Student Handbooks to Ensure Legal Compliance and Avoid Risk” is Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq. Jim holds a JD and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He was a labor, employment, and intellectual property lawyer at the Philadelphia law firm of Saul Ewing for ten years before joining Rider University as associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs. His portfolio in that capacity has included regulatory compliance and research integrity; labor relations, litigation management, and dispute resolution; human subjects research, animal facilities, and lab safety; international faculty and student issues; services to students with disabilities; academic-program development, and academic governance matters. His publications include 21 books, mostly on education and employment topics. He teaches human-resource compliance courses online for Drexel University’s law school and is the chief consultant for his company, K&C HR Enterprises/Holland Media Services.

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