January 31, 2019 • 12–2 PM ET

Student Mental Health:
New Challenges, New Expectations

Colleges and universities have welcomed a rising number of students with mental health symptoms into the campus community.  Almost universally, student affairs administrators and counseling staff have occupied an increasingly significant role in meeting the immediate needs of such students.  At the same time, institutions across the country have taken different approaches to managing the public safety, self-harm, and compliance challenges arising from incidents related to student mental health.  In addition, recent court decisions illustrate the changing expectations in this area by attempting to define the contours of the appropriate response by higher education institutions to such incidents.  As these developments unfold, institutions will be prompted to comprehensively review all aspects of their responses to the challenges of student mental health, including effective training for front-line faculty and staff, threat assessment protocols, related compliance obligations, and balancing the needs of a multitude of stakeholders with enhanced expectations.

This webinar aims to review updates on academic studies and the law related to student mental health, as well as to provide key considerations in managing and responding to student mental health issues on campus.  Specifically, this webinar will cover:

  • Overview of academic studies on post-secondary student mental health and emerging mental health trends among the student population
  • Recent litigation contributing to institutions’ rapidly evolving standard of care and liability on student mental health
  • Effective training and communication protocols for the campus community, particularly faculty and staff
  • Overview of key considerations in conducting threat assessments
  • Important considerations in engaging with and responding to student mental health issues, including balancing the needs and rights of students, students’ families, and potential victims while complying with FERPA and ADA requirements.

Who Should Attend

This webinar will be of interest to inside and outside counsel to colleges and universities, as well as administrators including student conduct staff, student affairs staff, disability services staff, compliance directors, and members of threat assessment and incident response teams.

Program Schedule

12:00 P.M. ET

I. Welcome, Introduction of Speakers, and Agenda

II. Scope of the Challenge

III. Recent Legal and Regulatory Developments

IV. Question & Answer

V. Addressing the Challenge

VI. Question & Answer

2:00 P.M. ET

VII. Conclusion



Geraldine Muir

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Gerry Muir serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Boston University School of Law, and is the Instructor for "Legal Issues in Higher Education" for the BU School of Education Higher Education Administration program. Prior to her work at BU, Gerry was an ...


Jeffrey Nolan

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Jeffrey J. Nolan is an attorney with Dinse, P.C., where he is Chair of the firm’s Education Practice Group. Mr. Nolan advises, trains, and represents clients and conducts investigations nationally on matters that involve Title IX, the Clery Act, threat assessment ...



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