Institutional Response to the Changing Legal Environment Regarding Student Safety: A Multi-Campus Case Study

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Vol: 2, Issue: 2

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Blanchard, Joy
Student Safety; Institutional Legal Liability; Education Law; Higher Education
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Confusion regarding liability for student safety and whether federal regulations prohibit information sharing have become a concern on campuses. Do current policies mitigate liability yet still serve the best interest of students? Based on interviews of nearly 30 administrators at three campuses in 2008 and 2011, this case study examines the legal considerations used when responding to such concerns, particularly alcohol and mental health. Organizational capacity and culture structure are discussed; recommendations for practice are provided.