2022 Sessions

Session descriptions for 2023 will be available later. The following are from the 2022 Legal Issues Conference.

*Sessions representing the Law Enforcement track

May 4

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Behavior Intervention vs. Threat Assessment: What's the Difference?*
W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner
TNG Consulting, LLC

In recent surveys, mental health issues, student/faculty/staff well-being and threats to campuses have been in the top five concerns of institutions in the US. Add to that the growing incidents of suicidal ideation and homicidality amongst college age students, and the importance of BITs and TATs has never been greater. This session will focus on the differences between Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment, how to discern between them, and which tools can be used (and how) to address and assess the risks. Some recent case law may be addressed as well.

10:30 – Noon

Student Organizations, Student Government, and the Student Press
Will Creeley, J.D., Legal Director
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

A vibrant student press, a plethora of student organizations, and a well-functioning student government are hallmarks of the college experience. But what happens when things go off the rails? Will Creeley from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education will explain what federal courts and the First Amendment have to say about student groups and associational rights on campus.

Trauma Informed Response to Sexual Assault*
Josh Bronson, Director of Education & Leadership Development
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)

This session will explore the science behind trauma and how to effectively speak with people who have experienced sexual assault and other traumas. 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Concurrent I

NCAA Academic Misconduct Cases: Collaboration with Student Affairs and Related Campus Entities
Bracky Brett, Sr., Deputy Athletic Director
Mississippi State University

The athletic compliance staff at Mississippi State will discuss the mutual advantages of working with all campus entities when student athletes are involved in academic misconduct cases. The presentation will explore in detail a recent infractions case and how all involved parties on campus can work together to resolve these types of cases in an efficient and mutually beneficial manner.

Moving Beneath Our Feet: The State of Professional Job Search in Today’s Ever-Changing Environment
J. Scott Derrick, M.Ed., Senior Search Associate
Spelman Johnson

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the landscape in so many ways, no more so than in the executive search industry in and around higher education. This session will take a quick journey through the hills and valleys that Spelman Johnson has encountered in the last 18-24 months, while offering some useful tips on how to successfully navigate the new environment facing us all moving forward in the search for your next job.

Navigating Organizational Misconduct*
Gentry McCreary, Ph.D., CEO and Managing Partner

Dyad Strategies, LLC

One of the last truly unexplored (or at least unsettled) frontiers in student affairs is exactly how campuses should structure their organizational investigation and adjudication procedures. These processes vary wildly from campus to campus, with some campuses treating organizations no differently than individual students, and some campuses with fully developed organizational processes running parallel to the traditional student conduct process. But what works best? What should campuses be doing? And, perhaps most importantly, what role should the campus fraternity/sorority advisor play in that process? Using the Dyad Strategies Model Code of Student Organization Misconduct as a framework, this program will explore all of these questions and more.

Bias Response Teams: A Closer Look at Recent Litigation
Will Creeley, J.D., Legal Director
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

In recent years, bias response teams have become a mainstay of many campuses — and they've also come under legal scrutiny. Join Will Creeley from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to discover what lessons student affairs professionals can glean from recent court rulings regarding the constitutionality of bias response teams. Providing accessible analysis of relevant decisions as well as recommendations for your campus, Creeley will answer your questions about how you can provide a welcoming campus environment that also protects student speech rights. 

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent II

Town Hall and Q&A
W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner
TNG Consulting, LLC

This session will be a town hall style Q&A session as a follow up to the plenary session(s). Participants will be able to bring their questions, concerns and scenarios to the presenter(s). Participants can send their questions ahead of time as well to Scott.Lewis@TNGConsulting.com. Topics can include BIT, TAT, Titles VI. VII, and IX, or any other risk management areas the participants want to address.

The Only Constant is Change: Building a Title IX System to Withstand Political Shifts
Brett Harvey, J.D., Director of Title IX and EEO Programs
Mississippi State University

Title IX is as much a political symbol as a legal rule. Over a decade ago, the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter mandated a proactive, even aggressive response to sexual assault. Two years ago, Trump administration regulations reversed key tenets of that letter in favor of strict procedural limitations. Today, the Biden administration is examining how to reverse the field yet again. This presentation asks whether universities can reliably structure their Title IX policies and systems to meet regulatory expectations that not only change, but actively contradict one another. It offers advice on charting a fair-but-proactive middle path that stands up to political shifts, while remaining alert and adaptable when changes are required.

Overview of Sexual Assault on Campus*
Josh Bronson, Director of Education & Leadership Development
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)

This session will provide participants with an overview of campus sexual assault. Special attention will be placed on how sexual assault impacts victims and the dynamics of consent.

Avoiding Lawyers, HR Generalists, and Other Potentially Unpleasant Characters
Charlie Winfield, J.D., Attorney at Law
The Winfield Law Firm, P.A.

Thoughts on the importance of following policies, thinking twice before turning to social media, and events that land you in the lawyer's office.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent III

Legal Issues from the perspective of the Vice President (or Senior) Student Affairs Officer Role: A Roundtable Discussion
Regina Young Hyatt, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs
Mississippi State University

Join in a conversation with other senior student affairs officers around managing legal issues from your perspective. This will be an informal dialogue about the opportunities and challenges facing SSAO’s and a place to share promising practices and emerging concerns.

Mental Health Challenges Beyond the Pandemic*
Sirena Cantrell, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
The University of Southern Mississippi

We all know that student mental health in higher education has been an increasing concern. Many institutions are looking solely at the student mental health challenges. But this pandemic situation has brought a group of people to focus – our staff. Due to the long-lasting pandemic situation and time-consuming measures such as lockdown and stay-at-home orders, the pandemic brings negative impacts on those working with our students. There is an urgent need to develop interventions and preventive strategies to address the mental health needs of our staff as we move through the pandemic.

The aim of this program is to identify major stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and to understand their long lasting-effects on staff mental health along with brainstorming ways to retain our staff as COVID becomes a sight in our rear-view mirrors.

Investigating Organizational Hazing*
Gentry McCreary, Ph.D., CEO and Managing Partner
Dyad Strategies, LLC

Student Affairs administrators often find themselves asked to investigate allegations of student organization misconduct. Allegations of hazing can be among the most difficult that we are asked to investigate. In this session, Gentry McCreary will share a number of strategies and techniques designed to cut through the shroud of secrecy and uncover the truth about hazing.

May 5

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Politicians, Professors, and a Pandemic: Reviewing Two Years of Free Speech on Campus*
Will Creeley, J.D., Legal Director
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

Are your faculty members battling with state legislators on Twitter? Are your students filing federal First Amendment lawsuits? Are foreign governments pressuring your institution's president? When it comes to free speech on campus, there's never a dull moment. In this interactive session, Will Creeley from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education will walk participants through recent campus speech controversies, case law, and legislation, providing a behind-the-scenes look at FIRE's work. Participants will leave prepared to extinguish their own free speech flare-ups — or make sure they never catch fire in the first place.

10:30 a.m. – Noon

BIT Standards and Legislative Update
W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner
TNG Consulting, LLC

COVID, Social Justice reform, political upheaval, etc. As Congress and state houses look at many different options to address the growing concerns about these issues on more at schools and colleges legislatively, campuses are reminded to take another look at their teams to be sure that they are comporting with the best practices. This session will look at pending national legislation and the BIT standards for campuses to be sure that campuses are engaging in the best practices.

Southeast Region IACLEA Meeting*

This session will provide participants with an overview of campus sexual assault. Special attention will be placed on how sexual assault impacts victims and the dynamics of consent.

* Sessions representing the Law Enforcement track