2019 NASPA Certificate Program in Student Affairs Law and Policy

June 03 – June 14, 2019
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. Choose between 2 sessions in June.


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 mid-level to senior leaders - will benefit from this program.  The program is designed to provide student-affairs professionals with information and skills to develop and enhance competency in LGP competency area. 

Led by law and policy professionals, the program will provide information and skill development 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.

This year, there are two opportunities to take part in the 2019 Certificate Program in Student Affairs Law and Policy. Session I: June 3-7, 2019. Session II: June 10-14, 2019.

This 23-hour program will feature lectures, interactive dialogues, case studies, and exercises. Specific topics that will be covered 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
  • Detailed Learning Objectives
    • Understand the interaction between law and policy in the higher education context and how to work with combined issues of law and policy.
    • Develop skills in how to find, read, analyze, and update cases, statutes, and administrative regulations and identify, articulate, and apply core legal rules and concepts relating to the practice of student affairs.
    • 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 and describe legal concepts, issues, and rules succinctly and efficiently.
    • Develop effective strategies for working with legal counsel.
    • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and work with issues of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion from a law and policy perspective.
    • 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 recognize key “facts” that are known, or must be discovered, that will augment or hinder their posture in contested situations.


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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


Let others know you are coming!


Below is the basic schedule for the program. The dates below reflect Session I, which will take place June 3-7. Session II will take place June 10-14 and the schedule below will remain the same for the second set of dates. Please feel free to download a copy of the previous syllabus by clicking the button below.

Full Schedule

Mon, Jun 03

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

Tue, Jun 04

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructional Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cohort Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructional Time

Wed, Jun 05

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructional Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cohort Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructional Time

Thu, Jun 06

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructional Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cohort Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Instructional Time

Fri, Jun 07

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructional Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Program Wrap-Up


Thank you for your interest, but we are no longer accepting applications for this year's cohorts.

Event Registration

01/01/2019 to 06/14/2019
NASPA Member


Tiki Ayiku
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development
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Phone: 202-265-7500 x1184

Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director, Constituent Experience and Services
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Phone: 202-265-7500 x1183


We are grateful to the program faculty who donate their time, talent, and expertise.

  • 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


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. More information about reservations will be available to those who are accepted into the program.

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

    Clearwater Beach is serviced by Tampa International Airport (TPA). Find more information at www.tampaairport.com

  • Transportation

    The airport has two taxi services. Transportation to Clearwater Beach is about $60.00 in a Taxi. Lyft/Uber averages around $34.00 for a regular car.

  • Weather

    Weather in June is balmy and warm with a high in the upper 80s/low 90s during the day, and a low in the low to mid 70s in the evening.

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