Balancing Campus Safety and Legal Liabilities

Des Moines, IA US
November 14, 2012

Part of the Managing Student Threats and Risk: Effective Policies and Practices Series:

Recent campus tragedies involving students with psychological disabilities highlight the need for campuses to be prepared to anticipate and respond to student risk and threats. Identifying and responding to students who may pose a threat of harm to themselves or others forces administrators to walk a fine line between over- and under-response. In order to respond effectively, campus administrators must draw on the best practices from the student development, mental health, campus safety, and risk management fields while complying with legal and regulatory requirements.

This 3-part webcast tackles the toughest questions surrounding how you can support the best interest of students while mitigating risk for your institution through legally sound policies. Over the course of three sessions, our expert instructors will help you think through the ways you can develop a comprehensive and integrated risk management approach to policy development that provides a thorough framework to more accurately identify and respond to students of concern.

While each session has a specific focus, the series will address:

  • How applicable laws, regulations, and best practices can be reflected in your campus protocols.
  • Policy intersections between behavioral intervention teams and other student conduct campus policies and practices.
  • The intersection between mental health issues and the student conduct system, with a focus on student behavior.

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this webcast, you will be able to translate your campus’s legal and safety issues into effective policies and practices. This session will provide an overview of applicable laws, regulations, and case law related to students with psychological disabilities and those who may pose a threat of harm to self or others. Relevant aspects of FERPA, HIPAA, and recent revisions to Title II and III of the ADA regulations will be discussed. Voluntary and involuntary withdrawal procedures will also be reviewed. The focus will be on translating the legal and campus safety issues into effective policies and practices.


  • Everyone knows the law, but the devil is in the details
  • Today’s legal landscape
  • Risk management: philosophy and context
  • Preventive and proactive assessment, planning, and policy development and implementation for your campus




Anne Lundquist
Doctoral Associate and PhD Candidate, Western Michigan University

Anne has served as the dean of students at four liberal arts colleges. She has earned a national reputation in her field, presenting at workshops and conferences across the country. She has written, presented, and provided training on risk management, responding to issues concerning students with significant psychological disabilities, and student conduct systems. Anne earned her B.A. from Albion College and her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University. She is a doctoral candidate in the higher education administration program at Western Michigan University and works with WMU’s student affairs division, where she is coordinating a comprehensive assessment and strategic-planning initiative.


Allan Shackelford

As an attorney or consultant, Allan has advised institutions of higher education for over 30 years on various issues, including student affairs, disability accommodations, governance, accreditation, and risk management. He writes for a number of publications related to higher education policy and legal issues. He has written and presented extensively on students with disabilities, specifically on risk and legal liability issues related to students with significant psychological disabilities. Allan received his B.A. in history from Emory University and his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. Anne and Allan are the co-authors of “Responding to and Supporting Students with Disabilities: Risk Management Considerations” (New Directions for Higher Education, No. 154, Summer 2011, Wiley Periodicals) and The Student Affairs Handbook: Translating Legal Principles into Effective Policies (LRP 2007).

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
11/14/2012 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
11/14/2012 - 1:30pm CST
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)


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