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.

Law and Policy
Constituent Groups

Law and Policy
Publications

  • Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice
    By Needham Yancey Gulley, Shannon R. Dean, and Laura A. Dean, Editors

    Using the CAS Professional Standards is a practical text designed to highlight multiple ways to apply the standards and guidelines published by the Council for…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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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Law and Policy
Initiatives & Awards

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

Related Posts

  • Bad for Higher Ed – Bad for Our Country

    It is critical that we understand the huge role financial support at both the Federal and state level plays in supporting degree completion for students attending college with financial challenges. We simply cannot advance as a nation if economic prosperity is the only pathway to a college degree. The Trump administration budget reduces funding to the very programs that support low-income student success and increase access to higher education for historically marginalized and underrepresented students.

    Posted on May 25, 2017 at 11:13 AM by NASPA Blog
  • Eye on ’18: All Politics are Local

    While it seems early to many to be thinking already about the 2018 midterm election cycle, Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Cooper v. Harris to overturn the redistricting in two North Carolina districts stands as a reminder of the importance of the gubernatorial races in 2018 and their impact on the political landscape for the next decade or more. This blog by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will briefly explore the history of redistricting in the US, touch on current conversations around racial and partisan gerrymandering, and set the stage for the importance of the 2018 gubernatorial elections and the 2020 Census in determining the course of our political future through 2032.

    Posted on May 25, 2017 at 07:37 AM by RPI Blog
  • Career Advancement Alongside Changing Trends

    The higher education landscape is changing rapidly, from declining state funds to campus unrest and even to the dismantling of student affairs divisions and the closing of colleges. Such changes cause concern about how we can remain relevant as administrators and prepare ourselves for career advancement opportunities that may not even be clearly defined within the contemporary higher education environment. The new book Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education provides an array of theory, research, and practical advice to help guide individual adaptation to the changing environment.

    Posted on May 22, 2017 at 06:33 AM by NASPA Blog
  • Notes & Coffee: May 15-21

    Catch up on this week’s trending student affairs and higher ed news, including: the highs and lows of DeVos’ first 100 days; White House would slash Student Aid and NSF; the broken promise of higher education; why colleges recruit athletes with sexual assault in their pasts; a veteran’s ground war with Stanford; Congress seeks to establish new student data system; and solving the mystery of underachievement.

    Posted on May 21, 2017 at 09:15 AM by NASPA Blog

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