2018 NASPA Certificate Program in Student Affairs Law and Policy

June 04 – June 08, 2018
Clearwater Beach, Tampa, Florida

The NASPA Certificate Program in Student Affairs Law and Policy offers the only certificate program in the important area of law and policy specifically for student affairs educators.  This 23 hour, intensive residential program provides an opportunity for in-depth study to enhance student affairs professionals' knowledge and understanding of law and policy.

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NASPA and ACPA recently updated the Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (PCASAP), which includes a defined and articulated competency area for law, policy and governance (LPG). NASPA is now proud to offer an intensive {23} hour residential certificate program specifically designed to develop and enhance skills, attitudes and knowledge related to the articulated competencies endorsed by ACPA and NASPA in the LPG area of competency.  This is the only program of its type; and the only certificate program specifically recommended for members of NASPA and ASCA

It is vital that university administrators appreciate and understand the critical legal and regulatory issues that impact their work.  A wide variety of student-affairs professionals - ranging from entry-level to senior professionals - will benefit from this program.  The program is designed to provide student-affairs professionals with information and skills to develop and end enhance competency in LGP competency area.  Information and skill development tools will be provided to develop basic LGP competency in all identified categories and enhance or develop competency in many intermediate and advanced competency categories as well.  Moreover, the program will address various "hot topics," in higher education law as a context for developing competencies while ensuring that participants learn core legal concepts that will help them work through recurring issues.  The program will provide demanding and intensive instruction and time for informal collaborative learning in a world class resort setting. The content is delivered by Peter Lake, Professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair, and Director of Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy at Stetson University College of Law and others.  This program will be a prerequisite for admission into later anticipated intermediate and advanced level certificate programs. 

The NASPA Law Certificate Program in Student Affairs Law and Policy application process is open.  The application deadline is April 6, 2018 but admission into the program is granted on a rolling bases.

Please note: admission to the cohort will not exceed more than thirty (30) participants.

This program will feature lectures, interactive dialogue, exercises, Socratic dialogue led, etc. Specific topics covered will include:

  • Law and the Legal System
    • Importance of law to student-affairs professionals
    • The Facilitator Model
    • Types and sources of law
    • Overview of the legal system
    • Techniques for reading legal materials
    • Working with legal resources and electronic databases
    • Working with general or outside counsel
    • How law relates to policy
    • Sources of law and legal update
    • The litigation process
  • Private Law
    • Torts
      • Negligence (including alcohol and other drugs and suicide/self-injury)
      • Risk-management concepts
      • Insurance issues
    • Property
      • Premises liability
      • Landlord-tenant
  • Public Law
    • Constitutional Law/Civil Rights Law
      • Free speech and expression
      • Religion on campus
      • Admissions
      • Diversity/multiculturalism
      • Academic freedom
      • Disability law
      • Due process:  student conduct and discipline
    • Criminal Law and Procedure
      • Basics of criminal law terminology, such as felony v. misdemeanor
      • Working with law enforcement
      • Search and seizure
      • Overview of processes such as arrest, charge, bail, plea
      • Impact of student arrest/conviction on campus processes
    • Administrative and Regulatory Law
      • Civil rights/employment/discrimination/safety
      • FERPA
      • Clery Act and other key federal regulations
      • Title IX
      • Working with administrative agencies
    • Special Issues in Student Affairs Law and Policy 
      • Mental health
      • Student injury and death
      • Student organizations and activities
      • Crisis management /Care teams
      • Residential Life issues
      • Hazing
      • Greek Life issues

Learning Objectives

  • Develop basic skills in working with different types and sources of law, legal reasoning, legal structures related to institutions of higher education, and the U.S. legal system.
  • Develop skills in how to find, read, analyze, and update cases, statutes, and administrative regulations.
  • Develop effective strategies for working with legal counsel.
  • Understand the interaction between law and policy in the higher education context.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, articulate, and apply core legal rules and concepts relating to the practice of student affairs.
  • Develop the ability to identify and work with key features of appellate court decisions, statutes, and regulations that impact higher education. This includes demonstrating an ability to work with the “IRAC” heuristic and organizing legal and law‐like analysis.
  • Develop the ability to discuss and describe legal concepts, issues, and rules succinctly and efficiently.
  • Develop the ability to recognize key “facts” that are known, or must be discovered, that will augment or hinder their posture in contested situations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate and inappropriate use of law as a tool for dispute resolution.
  • Develop skills in working with combined issues of law and policy.
  • Develop the ability to engage in constructive dialogue with others regarding contentious issues of law and policy. Respect for ideas of others that one does not personally accept is necessary to learn and conceptualize legal topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and work with issues of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion from a law and policy perspective.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reason and communicate objectively regarding issues of law and policy. This includes the demonstrated ability to provide carefully reasoned elaboration for positions, opinions, and the like.


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs


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Below is the tentative schedule for 2018. For your reference, a copy of the 2016 syllabus can be found here.

Mon, Jun 04

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration / Check-In
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Welcome & Introductions / Course Overview
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Welcome Dinner

Tue, Jun 05

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program Lecture
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Program Lecture
5:00 p.m.
Dinner on own

Wed, Jun 06

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program Lecture
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Program Lecture
5:00 p.m.
Dinner on own

Thu, Jun 07

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program Lecture
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Program Lecture
5:00 p.m.
Dinner on own

Fri, Jun 08

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Program Lecture
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Program Wrap-Up


Registration rates are based on your NASPA membership. If you are not a member, please vist the NASPA Membership page for more information.

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Event Registration

01/01/2018 to 06/04/2018


Tonya Murphy
Membership Services Coordinator
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Phone: 202-265-7500 x1183

Tiki Ayiku
Senior Director of Educational Programs
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Phone: 202-265-7500 x1184


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Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is TBD, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. 

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to events@naspa.org prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org


  • Peter Lake

    Peter Lake

    professor of law, Charles A. Dana chair, and director of Center for Excellence in Higher Education
    Stetson University

    Faculty Bio

  • Oren Griffin

    Oren Griffin

    associate dean for special projects and associate professor of law
    Mercer School of Law

    Faculty Bio

  • Brian J. Mistler

    Brian J. Mistler

    executive director of student health and wellbeing services
    Humboldt State University

    Faculty Bio


Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort
Clearwater Beach, FL

The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort has arranged special room rates for program attendees starting at $235/night (not including 13% state and local taxes). Reservations must be made by Friday, May 11, 2018. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events! You may reserve your hotel online or by calling 727-373-1234 once accepted into the program. 

Hotel reservations include the daily $25 resort fee.  This resort fee includes: two bottles of water in guest room per day, premium internet access in guest rooms, business center and 24-hour gym access, self-service laundry, nightly special feature in-room movie, poolside activities, daily pool snacks and board games.  Additional services at vendor prices such as reduced valet and self-parking. Clearwater Beach cabana or umbrella rentals and reduced fees on Wheel Fun bike rentals are available with charging privileges with your guest. 

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort
301 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
235 + 13%tax
  • Travel

    Clearwater Beach is serviced by Tampa International Airport (TPA).

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