2014 NASPA Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference

October 23 – October 25, 2014
Grand Hyatt Denver - Denver, Colorado

The Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference is an exciting event focusing on recent legal trends in higher education law and policy development and the needs of your campus.


Student affairs professional practice is affected daily by changing laws and policies that requires educators to stay at the forefront of a rapidly changing landscape.  At this conference, expect to gain new skills in policy development and management while learning about the most recent trends in higher education law.  Come together with practicing administrators to bring theory into practice and learn how to best serve your campus’ needs.  

Selected presentation topics include: 

  • AOD Prevention
  • Mental Health
  • Affirmative Action and Judicial
  • Working with your General Counsel
  • Sexual Assault and Compliance

Tracks will be available at beginners' and for intermediate levels as well as workshops for Chief Student Affairs Officers. 

Mobile App

To make your conference experience even better, NASPA is offering a mobile for the 2014 Student Affairs Law & Policy Conference powered by Guidebook. The app will have the most up-to-date, Featured Speaker information, local points of interest, and more.

Downloading the app is simple. You can click on the links below with your mobile device or tablet to take you to the appropriate app store. Alternatively, you can access a web version of the app to use on your laptop.

Please note: You must download the "NASPA Mobile App." You will not be able to access the guide if you use the "Guidebook" app.


Presented By

2014 NASPA Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference
2014 NASPA Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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


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Thu, Oct 23

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Session
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Opening Session: Title IX and Gender Based Violence
Nancy Chi Cantalupo, Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Violence Prevention, NASPA
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session #1
FERPA: Student Privacy and Student Affairs Practice (Beginner)
Follow-Up Discussion: TItle IX and Gender Base Violence (CSAO)
Sexual Assault and Title IX
Using Evidence-Based Risk Assessments to Guide Campus Threat Assessment and Behavioral Intervention (Intermediate)
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Evening Plenary Panel
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Evening Reception

Fri, Oct 24

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Morning Plenary Session: State Policy: Impact on Institutional Operations, students, and student affairs practice
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session #2
NASPA’s Policy Agenda
Who is in the Courtyard Now? Balancing the Rights of Student Protestors with the Rights of the Institution– (Intermediate)
First Amendment & Student Policy Issues (Beginner)
Media and Higher Education: Q&A Session: CSAO
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Break
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session #3
Confidential Reporting: Understanding and Implementing Your Campus Resource Process
Legal Considerations in Student Affairs and Engagement Around the Globe (Intermediate)
Who is in the Courtyard Now? Balancing the Rights of Student Protestors with the Rights of the Institution – (Beginner)
Five Things to Know about the ADA
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session #4
Hostile Environment: Defining, Preventing and Remedying Retaliation
Internal Investigations
Marijuana and Your Campus 101
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Evening Plenary: Undocumented Students Tuition Policy: State Actions

Sat, Oct 25

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
CSAO Discussion
Mid-Level / Senior Level Discussion
New Professional / Graduate Students Discussion
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Morning Plenary: Future of Higher Education Law and Policy
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Session #5
Five Things about the ADA (CSAO)
Employment Law Fundamentals for Student Affairs Professionals (Beginner)
Legal or Developmental? Managing Legal Compliance and Student Development in Student Affairs


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

General Council members of the institution and ASCA members are able to register at the member rate.  Please use the discount code: 2014L&P-2014L&P when registering to receive the discount. 

Registration Fees

05/14/2014 to 08/22/2014
08/23/2014 to 09/26/2014
09/27/2014 to 10/23/2014
NASPA Member
NASPA Student
Pre-Conference Workshop


Lucy Fort
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202.719.1171


View Registration Policies

Group Registration:
NASPA offers discounts for attendees registering in groups of two or more individuals. To apply for this discount please contact NASPA at office@naspa.org. Please include in the email your name, the conference you're registering for, your institution name, and how many individuals you're registering. Our membership department will contact you once they've received this information.

Purchase Orders: 
Purchase orders will NOT be accepted for registration. There is now a Bill Me option online if you need to submit paperwork to your accounting office to have a check cut for your registration payment. Please use that option when registering online.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by September 26, 2014, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.  We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies.  NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to refund@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after September 26, 2014.  Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail atevents@naspa.org.


  • Lindy Aldrich

    Lindy Aldrich

    Deputy Director
    Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC)

    Speaker Bio

  • Laura Bennett

    Laura Bennett

    Association for Student Conduct Administration

    Speaker Bio

  • Heath Boice-Pardee

    Heath Boice-Pardee

    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Development
    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Speaker Bio

  • Jessica Boynton

    Jessica Boynton

    Director of Student Conduct
    Colorado State University – Pueblo

    Speaker Bio

  • Nancy Chi Cantalupo

    Nancy Chi Cantalupo

    Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Violence Prevention

    Speaker Bio

  • Bobby Colón

    Bobby Colón

    General Counsel
    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Speaker Bio

  • Lisa Erwin

    Lisa Erwin

    Vice Chancellor for Student Life
    University of Minnesota Duluth

    Speaker Bio

  • Leslie Gomez

    Leslie Gomez

    Pepper Hamilton, LLP

    Speaker Bio

  • Alison Griffin

    Alison Griffin

    Vice President, Policy Research
    USA Funds

    Speaker Bio

  • Oren Griffin

    Oren Griffin

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law
    Mercer University School of Law

    Speaker Bio

  • Scott Jaschik

    Scott Jaschik

    Inside HigherEd

    Speaker Bio

  • John Lowery

    John Lowery

    Department Chairperson and Graduate Coordinator
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    Speaker Bio

  • Loretta P. Martinez

    Loretta P. Martinez

    General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
    Metropolitan State University of Denver

    Speaker Bio

  • Gina Maisto Smith

    Gina Maisto Smith

    Pepper Hamilton LLC

    Speaker Bio

  • Brian T. Prescott

    Brian T. Prescott

    Director of Policy Research
    Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

    Speaker Bio

  • Ed Smith

    Ed Smith

    Doctoral Student
    University of Pennsylvania

    Speaker Bio

  • Brian Sponsler

    Brian Sponsler

    Director for the Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute
    Education Commission of the States (ECS)

    Speaker Bio

  • Jeffrey M. Stanley

    Jeffrey M. Stanley

    HCM Strategists

    Speaker Bio

  • Rhonda Vickers Beassie

    Rhonda Vickers Beassie

    Assistant General Counsel
    Texas State University System

    Speaker Bio

  • Amanda Walsh

    Amanda Walsh

    Staff Attorney
    Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC)

    Speaker Bio

  • Tamara White

    Tamara White

    Dean of Students / Student Advocacy and Achievement Team
    Community College of Aurora

    Speaker Bio

  • Katie Zaback

    Katie Zaback

    Senior Policy Analyst
    State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)

    Speaker Bio


Grand Hyatt Denver
Denver, CO

All conference activities will take place at the Grand Hyatt Denver.

  • Travel

    Denver is serviced by Denver International Airport (DEN). The Grand Hyatt Denver is approximately 23 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information on airport shuttles, please visit the Shuttle page of the DEN website.

    For more information on taxi service, including fares and location information, please visit the Taxi page of the DEN website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Denver in October are around 60 degrees F during the day and in the low 30s at night. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel website for the most up-to-date weather information.

Additional Info

We hope that you will explore Denver, when not busy with the institute or if you arrive in the city before the program begins. There are plenty of things to do and see if you are a first-time visitor or even if you have been to Denver many times. The official tourism website for Denver, is one of many online resources available to visitors.

The dress for NASPA events is business casual.

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