Recent Legal Challenges & Considerations for Reporting & Responding
Responding to a bias incident on campus can be a complex process. Although those who lead and serve on teams are well-intentioned, they are frequently caught in the middle of competing demands. It’s also a balancing act to know when and how to respond.
Our expert presenter provides critical considerations for responding to bias incidents on campus. The following questions and more are addressed:
- What are best practices for immediate support of targeted students or communities?
- Who should investigate incidents?
- Which incidents go beyond the scope of the team’s purview?
- What are your options for disciplinary action or restorative justice if the perpetrator is identified?
- How do you handle incidents reported as acts of bias which are determined to be protected speech under the First Amendment?
- How do you create a reporting system and offer better transparency around incidents and the institution’s response to them?
We also carefully review recent federal court decisions dealing with challenges to Bias Response Teams and Campus Climate Teams and discuss how to create a structure that is best positioned to withstand legal challenges.
You’ll walk away with the ability to articulate your team’s efforts to reduce bias within legal parameters while staying focused on the larger goal of creating a welcoming, equitable environment where all campus community members can learn and thrive.
As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:
- Explain why you should employ a multi-stage response to reported incidents of bias – respond effectively to competing demands when engaging in bias response work.
- Gain direct student and community support, even when an act of reported bias is protected speech or otherwise cannot be the subject of institutional discipline – help campus members understand the limitations of bias work when First Amendment and state- and institution-level free speech protections are at play.
- The legal risks inherent in certain types of bias response or campus climate teams or structures, and how to avoid those risks in creating your own response system – ensure you are responding effectively to your students, while not running afoul of recent court decisions.
- Best practice around receiving reports and investigating bias incidents – know when and how you can respond to reports of incidents, including when investigations should be referred to other professionals on campus.
- Articulate and demonstrate your team’s efforts – improve transparency around reported bias incidents and the institution’s response to them without running violating FERPA or other privacy concerns.
Allen Groves has served as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at the University of Virginia since August 2007.
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Included When You Purchase
- 90-minute online session with carefully selected expert(s)
- Unlimited access to view webinar recording on demand
- Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
- Certificate of completion for each participant
- Weekly newsletter – What's Working on Campus
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