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

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

Event ID: 75175
Session ID: 16732
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter(s): Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq., managing director of K&C HR Enterprises and legal counsel at Rider University
Credits: Certificate of Attendance


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

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

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