1. LGBTQ Students in Higher Education: State, Federal and College Interests

LGBTQ Students in Higher Education: State, Federal and College Interests

LGBTQ Students in Higher Education: State, Federal and College Interests
Event ID: 18694
Session ID: 15903

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? College and university administrators, human resources departments, school advisors and counselors, school health professionals, admissions officers, student counselors, attorneys representing colleges and universities, federal grant compliance personnel
Best For: Higher Education

In the three years since the Obergerfell decision that legalized gay marriage, the country has undergone broad cultural shifts. Colleges and universities are still navigating the sometimes difficult landscape of having an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students. Some schools are now attempting to separate sexual identity from sexual behavior in their policies and campus customs while trying to be welcoming.

Depending on the social, religious, and political climate of the school, colleges have different ways of dealing with this new reality. A few have fully opened their communities to LGBTQ students and faculty, lifting all restrictions against same-sex dating or transgender access to bathrooms. Other schools have remained steadfast in prohibiting such behavior. Amidst all of this, states are rewriting laws pertaining to institutes of higher education in terms of access to public spaces, protection of legal rights, and other thorny issues. Coupled with federal issues under Title IX, it can be murky territory for higher education.

Mr. Verstegen will discuss the necessary steps colleges and universities should take to ensure they deal with legal and practical issues, develop appropriate policies and procedures, provide a safe learning environment, handle discipline issues and limit liability for the school, its administrators and staff. Regardless of personal beliefs, this program can be an asset for any educator.

Please join Richard Verstegen, for a program that examines some of these laws and provides practical advice on navigating the legal, social, and practical issues that surround them.


Some of the many issues that will be discussed in this webinar include:

  • An overview of the legal landscape
  • Understanding the laws related to restroom access for transgender students
  • Accommodations for LGBTQ students
  • Dealing with inconsistent demands from state, courts, students, parents, institutional, personal beliefs, rights of all concerned.
  • Differences between public and private colleges
  • Managing the differences between public and private groups.
  • Using best practices to create and maintain a safe and welcoming environment in which students can learn regardless of the requirements/demands/laws
  • Managing difficult legal and social issues for LGBTQ students
  • Creating an inclusive campus environment
  • Records and documents policies
  • Discipline and harassment issues
  • Sports and activities
  • School obligations for acts of other students, faculty and staff
  • Managing student organizations that promote or oppose LGBTQ causes


Your conference leader for “LGBTQ Students in Higher Education: State, Federal and College Interests” is is Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick’s practice focuses in all areas of education law, including constitutional law, civil rights, student issues, privacy and technology issues, student safety, and many other issues. He advises and represents K-12 and higher education institutions on these matters, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and policies, and provides other legal services. Rick also has extensive experience on matters involving labor relations, employment law, contracts, handbooks, anti-discrimination law, workplace bullying and harassment, wage and hour laws, hiring, background checks, drug testing, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, and workplace investigations. He also represents these institutions at hearings before state and federal agencies and state courts, including wage claims, unemployment hearings, collection matters, and discrimination complaints. Rick has published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the President of 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.

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