2017 NASPA Student Affairs Law Conference

December 10 – December 12, 2017
JW Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

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

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Student affairs professional practice is affected daily by changing laws that require educators to stay at the forefront of a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape.  At this conference, expect to gain skills that will build upon your capacity to address pressing legal issues while learning about the most recent trends in higher education law.  Join your colleagues to connect your campus' needs with information and approaches to address pressing legal issues in student affairs and higher education.  

Selected presentation topics include:

  • Protest, and the First Amendment on campus
  • Mental health
  • Managing risk and liability
  • Sexual assault and compliance
  • TItle IX
  • Equity and Inclusion policies for college campuses


Presented By


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

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


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The schedule will be updated continuously. 

Sun, Dec 10

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Program Welcome and Opening Plenary Session
Jonathan R. Alger, J.D. - President, James Madison University
2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Bathroom Bills and Impact on Campuses
Undocumented and DACAmented Students
OCR Update
Debbie Osgood, Partner, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltc.
3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Sanctuary Campuses
Racial Tensions/Policies and Procedures
Student Interships
OCR Update (repeat session)
Debbie Osgood, Partner, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltc.
4:35 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.
Debrief with Presenters
5:35 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

Mon, Dec 11

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Morning Panelist Session
Cissy Petty, Vice President for Student Affairs, Loyola University New Orleans
Arnel Cosey, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Delgado Community College
Kurt Keppler, Vice President for Student Affairs, Louisiana State University
9;30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Conceal and Carry/ Guns on Campus
Greek Life: Aproaches to Accountability and Judicial Procedures
Veteran Students and Mental Health
10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Campus Sexual Assault: Investigating Sexual Assault
Josh Zugish, General Counsel, Colorado State University
Hazing on College Campuses: Greek Life and Beyond
BIT/Care Teams
Grant Azdell, Vice President for Student Affairs, Randolph-Macon College
11:50 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Debrief with Presenters
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Conference Break
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon Plenary Session
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Support Animals on Campus
Student Debt Management
Updates on ADA
Josh Zugish, General Counsel, Colorado State University
3:55 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
FERPA Update
John Lowery, Professor and Department Chair,Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Involuntary Withdrawal
Polices to Help Vulnerable and Needy Students
5:05 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Debrief with Presenters

Tue, Dec 12

7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Closing Plenary Session
Dana Scaduto, General Council, Dickinson College
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Religious Freedom Act
Online and Off - Campus Student Speech
Speech and Expression on Campus
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Debrief with Presenters


Registration rates are based on your NASPA membership. If you are not a member, please vist the NASPA Membership page for more information. 

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Registration Fees

03/27/2017 to 10/09/2017
10/09/2017 to 11/10/2017
Late / On-Site
11/11/2017 to 12/10/2017

Pre-Conference Workshop

03/27/2017 to 10/09/2017
10/09/2017 to 11/10/2017
Late / On-Site
11/11/2017 to 12/10/2017


Tonya Murphy
Membership Services Coordinator
Email: events@naspa.org
Phone: 202-265-7500 x1183

Lucy Fort
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: lfort@naspa.org
Phone: 202-265-7500 x1171


View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is October 2, 2017, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, 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 or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. 

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to events@naspa.org prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org


We are pleased to introduce you to our featured speakers.

  • Jonathan R. Alger, J.D.

    Jonathan R. Alger, J.D.

    James Madison University

    Speaker Bio

  • Dana Scaduto, J.D.

    Dana Scaduto, J.D.

    General Council
    Dickinson College

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2017 NASPA Student Affairs Law Conference please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to kjerde@naspa.org by November 1, 2017. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.


JW Marriott New Orleans

JW Marriott New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

All conference activities will take place at the JW Marriott New OrleansTo make a reservation at the Marriott, please call 504-613-2888 and reference the group code NASPA on or before Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Rooms have been secured at a rate of $179 + 14% tax; please reserve your rooms as soon as possible as NASPA room blocks tend to sell out quickly. 


Book Your Hotel Now

For hotel questions, please contact:
Greg Morris
gmorris@naspa.org | 202-265-7500 x1189

Hotel Room Rate/Night
JW Marriott New Orleans
614 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
$179 + 14% Double
  • Travel

    New Orleans is serviced by Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The JW Marriott is approximately 13 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Taxis and Shuttles
    For more information about taxi and shuttle service, please visit the Transportation & Parking page of the MSY website. The estimated taxi fare is $36 one way. The airport shuttle is approximately $24 one way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information about rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Transportation & Parking page of the MSY website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in New Orleans in December are in the mid-60s F during the day and mid-40s F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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