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Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators, Third Edition


James Ottavio Castagnera

The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators, Third Edition is a practical tool, intended for administrators dealing with students in higher education, focusing principally on four-year institutions. Addressing the ever-evolving relationship between higher education and the law, the book will provide the academic administrator with the means to knowledgably and confidently navigate the many legal threats and challenges facing colleges today. Focused on the "hot" issues in higher education today, and using examples from real cases and scenarios from many institutions, the handbook provides sample policies, checklists, and advice that administrators can apply to a wide variety of situations, both preventatively and proactively. The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators, Third Edition is a compendium of practical knowledge and guidance, useful to all administrators dealing with the legal minefield that is higher education.

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“What makes the book particularly worthwhile is that it includes checklists and sample university policies. I am not aware of another book which comprehensively examines the subject. While the book is clearly designed for non-lawyer university administrators, lawyers and others interested in higher education could surely benefit.”

—Adjunct Law Prof Blog (2010)

“James Ottavio Castagnera’s book provides a useful framework for administrators regarding the legal landscape of higher education related to college students. Although the full spectrum of each topic cannot be explored, the book is not intended as an exhaustive treatment but rather, as a handbook. Administrators will find here a useful starting point for learning about key legal topics facing colleges and universities relative to student issues. They can use the text to inform themselves and conduct further research as they work with university counsel to enhance student safety and insulate themselves and their institutions from liability arising from student-related disputes.”

—The Review of Higher Education (2012)

“As American society grows increasingly litigious and courts less deferential to the academy, colleges and universities find themselves mired in an onslaught of litigation that spans a wide array of issues, from student concerns through indemnification to employment disputes and far beyond. Higher education administrators are faced with daily decisions that may result in litigation and are liable in both personal and professional capacities, based on the nature of the claim, for their decisions. James Ottavio Castagnera has written an accessible,...

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