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Staying Ahead of the Curve: Developments and Emerging Issues in Higher Education

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October 14, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Marriott Pittsburgh North
100 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Registration Fee: Complimentary

Sexual Assault on Campus:  Is Your Institution Complying with its Obligations under State and Federal Law?

The Title IX legal landscape is constantly changing, and with the requirements placed on educational institutions by the Campus SaVE Act, as well as the clearly outlined expectations detailed in the most recent Dear Colleague Letter, Title IX Coordinators and educational institutions are tasked with understanding and complying with a complex, ever-changing area of law.  This session will review an educational institution’s obligations under Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act; review recent litigation decisions for valuable lessons; discuss training, education, and prevention best practices and responsibilities; and invite discussion on real-life issues affecting your campuses.

Organized Labor's Continuing Pursuit of Faculty: The Growing Challenges for Colleges and Universities

As the new academic year unfolds, organized labor continues to present never-before-seen challenges for colleges and universities across the nation, including in the Pittsburgh area. Organized labor's pursuit of adjunct faculty continues unabated. We will review the latest developments in the national campaign to organize adjunct faculty, including the various organizing tactics and the related challenges for colleges and universities, campaign promises versus results, the macro and micro-level vulnerabilities on which unions seize to promote their organizing messages among adjunct faculty, and the implementation of an effective communications strategy to confront organizing activity in the academic setting

At the same time, various pro-labor developments at the National Labor Relations Board, most notably the Board's recent decision in Pacific Lutheran University, will undoubtedly impact the labor relations dynamic in higher education. As a result of the Pacific Lutheran decision, the Board increased the likelihood of union organizing among traditional faculty both by narrowing the circumstances in which faculty can be considered managers and also the circumstances in which religiously-affiliated institutions can claim from the National Labor Relations Act. We will discuss the practical implications of the Board's decision. 

By the Books:  How your Handbook Can Prevent Problems and Create Perils

The landscape of higher education has changed – it is no longer just about learning.  Institutions of higher education are now facing the same issues that are prevalent in corporate America.  This program touches on issues stemming from new wage and hour regulations, recent decisions addressing social media, the rise of LGBT students on campus, evolving and complex leave regulations and how colleges and universities can best position themselves to avoid potential pitfalls. 

Contact Us for More Information

Please contact Stacie Viskovicz at Email or 412-338-5154.