Chapter 9Legal Issues and Risk Management

THERE MAY BE no aspect of contemporary collegiate life that is more challenging than the legal environment in which institutions of higher education operate. As Pavela (2011) observes, “Legal issues influence institutions of higher education in many aspects of their endeavors from admissions practices to contractual relationships with faculty and staff to oversight for various aspects of student life” (120). Oversight of student life in the context of selected legal issues is the focus of this chapter.

We have not prepared this chapter to scare you away from your assignment. Rather, we believe that advisers have a responsibility to conduct their practice with a rudimentary understanding of the law ...

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