1. Navigating the Student Organization Legal Minefield: Step-by-Step Guidance

Navigating the Student Organization Legal Minefield: Step-by-Step Guidance

Navigating the Student Organization Legal Minefield: Step-by-Step Guidance
Event ID: 70963
Session ID: 15912

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 organizations on college campuses span the spectrum from Greek houses to political and cultural clubs to intramural-sports teams. At large universities, student organizations may number in the hundreds, while even small colleges sponsor and support dozens. While student organizations are vital to recruitment and retention, and the vitality of campus life, they are legal minefields for institutions and advisors alike.

Whether yours is a public university subject to First and Fourteenth Amendment “due process” requirements, or a private college covered by the common law of contracts and torts, missteps in the recognition, oversight, and funding of student organizations can have explosive results… both in the courtroom and in the media. Watchdog organizations ? such as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and Turning Point USA ? stand ready to pounce upon perceived violations of student-organization rights, while politicians, alumni, and parents are also often ready to pounce.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera for essential guidance through the minefield that student organizations represent. Legal savvy, cultural sensitivity, and PR/marketing best practices must go hand-in-hand if your student organizations are to be institutional assets rather than explosive litigation and publicity nightmares.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • The current legal landscape overlooking the recognition, supervision, and funding of student organizations
  • The “hot” legal issues that have landed colleges and universities in the courtroom and the media (and social media) spotlights
  • Best practices for the selection and training of faculty advisors
  • Due-process procedures for dealing with complaints from student organizations
  • Crisis management techniques for dealing with challenges mounted by student organizations and/or outside advocacy groups acting on their behalf


Your conference leader for “Navigating the Student Organization Legal Minefield: Step-by-Step Guidance” 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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