Hazing and Higher Ed: Law, Policy and Prevention

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Date: 11/09/2018, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 webinar, $349.00 Digital Download, $399.00 webinar and Digital Download. Each option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. 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

In 2017, the shocking hazing-related death of Penn State student, Timothy Piazza, which caused Penn State to permanently shut down its Beta Theta Pi chapter, once again drew much-needed attention to the issue of hazing on post-secondary campuses. Pennsylvania, like many states, had a detailed and stringent anti-hazing law on the books at the time of Piazza’s death, but that law failed to prevent the tragedy from occurring. Piazza is only one of an ever-growing list of students who perished or suffered serious and permanent injury due to hazing, but his highly-publicized death led many to ask whether the nation’s anti-hazing laws are protective enough.

Please join attorney Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. as she discusses current anti-hazing laws across the nation, legal causes of action that can be brought against individuals and schools in hazing incidents, and what schools are doing voluntarily to crack down on incidents of hazing. In her legal analysis of the issue, she examines school anti-hazing policies and procedures of numerous schools and details individual school responses to hazing crises on campus. Participants will obtain a heightened awareness of the legal issues regarding hazing on post-secondary school campuses and will gain a more informed perspective on this serious, and often deadly, issue.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • A brief overview of the history of the regulation of hazing on post-secondary campus
  • A state-by-state look at anti-hazing laws as they apply to post-secondary institutions
  • An examination of the application of state criminal and anti-hazing laws to recent hazing-related deaths
  • A look at the post-tragedy responses of some of the nation’s most renowned post-secondary schools in the wake of a hazing-related tragedy
  • A review of school anti-hazing policies and discussion of proactive policy measures that schools can and should take


Your conference leader for “Hazing and Higher Ed: Law, Policy and Prevention” is Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. An experienced speaker at the state and national levels on issues regarding education and education law, Erin Gilsbach is an attorney with the Pennsylvania-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp and the president of the PSBA Solicitors Association. She is dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. Throughout her career, she has provided legal representation and/or professional development to over 150 Pennsylvania schools. In her practice, Atty. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by providing engaging and high-quality professional development trainings for educators and school leaders in the area of school law. In addition, she helps schools create procedures, administrative regulations and board policies that are not only compliant with statutory and regulatory requirements but that also anticipate the best practices and common pitfalls found within the facts of applicable caselaw.

Erin Gilsbach has been voted a Rising Star Attorney by her peers in Super Lawyers and Philadelphia Magazine for the past five years, and she is a frequent presenter with the National Business Institute, the Education Law Association, the National School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and at numerous conferences held at universities throughout the state. She began her career as a public high school English teacher. Prior to private practice, she served for over two years at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Chief Counsel.

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