Suspensions, Dismissals and Expulsions: Good Policies and Procedures Prevent Lawsuits

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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. The On-Demand option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room. On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, higher education counsel, faculty, staff, student services, deans
Best For: Higher Education

Causes of involuntary separations include poor academic performance, disciplinary code violations, serious health problems, and more. Separations may be temporary (suspension) or permanent (expulsion) or somewhere in between (dismissal). Regardless of the reason for the involuntary separation or its duration, every such decision demands your institution’s careful adherence to due process and confidentiality. That’s because every involuntary separation carries the potential for a lawsuit. Whether it’s a student dismissed for cheating or one that is separated for disciplinary violations such as drug use, students are likely to take legal action based in anything from ADA violations to Title IX and everything in between. But high profile lawsuits are just the tip of a much larger iceberg when it comes to potential backlash for your school.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera for a webinar covering the risks surrounding students departing involuntarily, the precautions you should be taking beforehand, and the policies every institution must have in place in order to avoid lawsuits and other associated fallout. Anticipating and preventing such suits requires sound policies, effective training, and adherence to appropriate procedures.



Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Appropriate policies covering academic dismissals; academic integrity; codes of conduct and disciplinary standards; students with disabilities posing threats of self-harm or harm to others; sexual harassment and assaults
  • Due process requirements imposed upon public and private universities
  • Duty of care obligations to students contemplating or engaging in self-harm
  • Complaint procedures for aggrieved students
  • Investigations: how and by whom
  • Hearing and appeal procedures
  • Confidentiality requirements and techniques
  • Training: who, how often and how much



Your conference leader for “Suspensions, Dismissals and Expulsions: Good Policies and Procedures Prevent Lawsuits ” is Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera. Jim holds a JD and a PhD 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. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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