1. Litigation Ground Zero: Leading Your Institution Through Times of Crisis

Litigation Ground Zero: Leading Your Institution Through Times of Crisis

Litigation Ground Zero: Leading Your Institution Through Times of Crisis
Event ID: 69712
Session ID: 15905

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Brent Ericson, Ph.D., assistant dean of students and director of student conduct, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, higher education counsel, senior leadership, board members
Best For: Higher education

External scrutiny appears to be a common thread among colleges and universities in our world today, particularly as it relates to Title IX and sexual misconduct practices. In fact, it has been reported in the media that an unprecedented number of students have brought legal suit against institutions for the resolution of cases. In such a litigious climate, it is important for higher ed leaders to understand how to navigate, particularly when it comes to leading during times of crisis and heightened scrutiny. Facilitated by a higher education professional who was named in a Title IX civil case, this webinar will cover the many complex issues administrators need to know about when leading through difficult times, and will provide suggestions for practitioners who are experiencing litigation, including how to handle the media.

Please join Brent Ericson as he explores the concept of 'resilient leadership' and how lessons learned from his experience helped create improved and enhanced policies for future practice. While the legal process can be challenging, learning from others’ experiences can help implement best practices and mitigate future risks.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Examples of lawsuits within higher education and how functional areas can be impacted.
  • Preparing an initial response team and communications when a suit is filed.
  • A practitioner’s experience working through the litigation process, and information for others who do not have a legal education or background.
  • The concept of ‘resilient leadership’ and how leaders can work through stressful experiences.
  • Ideas for personal well-being and self care during difficult times.
  • Implementing new strategies from the legal experience and mitigating future risks - what are the ‘lessons learned’?


Your conference leader for “Litigation Ground Zero: Leading Your Institution Through Times of Crisis” is Brent Ericson, Ph.D. Brent is currently serving as the assistant dean of students and director of student conduct at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He has worked in higher education and student affairs for nearly 20 years and has expertise in student conduct, academic integrity, sexual misconduct, learning outcomes assessment, strategic planning, residence life, threat assessment and behavioral intervention, mediation, and has advised on legislation at both the state and federal levels. Brent earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College (Illinois), an M.S. from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. from Boston College, where his research focused on college students and social media. Outside of work, Brent is a budding home chef, and enjoys hiking in the Virginia countryside with his family.

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