Advising Student Organizations Legally

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Core Competencies: Leadership, Planning, Student Learning
Originally presented on September 17, 2014
This is the archived version.

Program Description

Program Description

Working with student organizations on any college campus can be complicated, particularly as it relates to the area of legal issues. Join the presenters from two different institutions (public and private) as they explore a few relevant, and frequently referenced, legal considerations and apply the practical implications through case studies. This program was sponsored by Region V.

About the Presenter(s)

  • Patrick Chenault, University of Dayton
  • Jon Kapell, University of North Carolina–Wilmington


Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will know about:

  • Legal issues surrounding student organization advising
  • Membership
  • Free Speech
  • Legal difference between recognized versus registered student organizations
  • Recognition of student clubs
  • Various institutions funding and recognition models

As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Create student organization policy
  • Educate campus administrators on issues regarding student organizations
  • Better approach campus legal counsel on student organizations
  • Evaluate potential legal hurdles with student organizations
  • Better inform advisors about liability and legal precedent when advising

Updated March 30, 2015