Law and Policy

Local, state, and federal laws as well as institutional policy affect the practice of student affairs professionals every day in their work to educate students. The Law and Policy focus area highlights the need for up-to-date information and accurate data, providing resources through the Research and Policy Institute (RPI), NASPA conferences and certificate programs, and the public policy division. NASPA provides timely and focused professional development opportunities to educate student affairs professionals about the legal, compliance, and policy issues relevant in higher education today.

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Law and Policy

  • This issue brief offers a resource for student affairs leaders to not only comply with legal and regulatory mandates related to recent changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act…

  • College in the Crosshairs: An Administrative Perspective on Prevention of Gun Violence
    By Brandi Hephner Labanc and Brian O. Hemphill, Editors

    Gun violence – whether rampage shootings, homicides or suicides – is a potential reality all campuses have to face. This book provides leaders in higher…

  • Responding to Campus Protests (Legal Links Vol 1, Iss 2)
    By Robert Axmacher, Leslie Banahan, Rhonda Beassie, Fernando Gomez, Neal H. Hutchens, Kerry Brian Melear, Brian A. Sponsler, and Jeffrey C. Sun

    This Legal Links issue on responding to campus protests offers student affairs professionals a resource for addressing campus protests while honoring First Amendment principles of free speech, promoting inclusion, and maintaining…

  • Understanding Campus Obligations for Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment (Legal Links Vol 1, Iss 1)
    By Jeffrey C. Cun, Lynn Rossi Scott, Brian A. Sponsler, and Neal H. Hutchens

    This Legal Links issue on student-to-student sexual harassment presents an accessible description of the legal obligations and considerations to assist colleges and universities in establishing policies, procedures, and training…


  • Leadership Exchange magazine helps prepare chief student affairs officers for the most complex management challenges in higher education today. The magazine delivers expert news and analysis on the latest…


  • The mission of Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (JSARP) is to publish the most rigorous, relevant, and well-respected research that makes a difference in student affairs practice.…

  • The First Amendment on Campus
    By Lee E. Bird, Mary Beth Mackin & Saundra K. Schuster, Editors

    What should college and university administrators do when the First Amendment seemingly conflicts with tightly held institutional values? Should administrators block, discourage, or attempt to adjudicate speech because it…

  • Student Freedom Revisited: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives
    By Robert L. Ackerman, William B. Werner & Louis C. Vaccaro, Editors

    During the late 1960s and early 1970s, a powerful new force, student activism, appeared on the campuses of America's colleges and universities. Student Freedom In American Higher Education brought…

  • Reflecting Back, Looking Forward: Civil Rights and Student Affairs
    By Lisa E. Wolf-Wendel, Susan B. Twombly, Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle, Kelly Ward, & Joy Gaston

    Historically, colleges and universities have been the battleground for many important civil rights concerns. Reflecting Back, Looking Forward contains 18 first-person narrative accounts taken from author's interviews with student…


  • This updated set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their…

  • Partnering with the Parents of Today’s College Students
    By Kurt Keppler, Richard H. Mullendore & Anna Carey, Editors

    Partnering with the Parents of Today's College Students offers student affairs professionals, as well as all faculty and college and university administrators, a complete and integrated approach to working…

  • Handbook of Student Affairs Administration
    By George S. McClellan and Jeremy Stringer, Editors

    The Foremost Authorities on Student Affairs Address Issues Facing The Field Today

    The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration is a comprehensive and thoughtful resource for the field,…


  • With increased national attention on issues such as campus safety and security, institutional accountability, and economic challenges, student affairs professionals must make decisions based on the most current legal…

  • Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act: Inclusive Policy and Practice for Higher Education
    By Mary Lee Vance, Neal E. Lipsitz, and Kaela Parks, Editors

    Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act is a primer and quick reference guide for higher education professionals who work with students with disabilities, both apparent and hidden. Written for…

  • A Student Affairs Guide to the ADA and Disability Issues
    By Dan Ryan and Maureen McCarthy, Editors

    This book provides a comprehensive guide to an institutional response to the Americans with Disabilities Act. It gives practical advice for responding to students and professionals with disabilities, and…


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NASPA's Research and Policy Institute provides student affairs professionals with the latest policy developments that influence our work.

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