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A Better Partnership


Sep 2012
September 27, 2012
Higher Education Strategy, Risk Management & Best Practices

Western Michigan University Downtown Conference Center

Experienced high-level administrators of Michigan colleges and universities are invited to join Warner Norcross attorneys to discuss the legal implications of several timely and significant issues.

General Sessions

Potential Student Class Action Claims

New York Law School and Cooley Law School have successfully defended against class action law suits filed on behalf of graduates claiming these institutions exaggerated post-graduate employment statistics. Similar law suits are proceeding around the country and it’s possible that additional claims may be raised by graduates from other colleges and universities particularly during difficult economic times. Lessons learned and ways you can limit your institutions’ exposure to claims will be discussed.

Religious and Academic Freedom

Freedom of expression, association and religion create sensitive issues on campus. This session will review recent guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court and provide insight on legal trends in these areas. An understanding of the rules of the road when it comes to religious and academic freedom is key for any institution of higher learning.

Roundtable Sessions
Multiple roundtable sessions will take place throughout the day, giving attendees a choice of learning opportunities. These discussions on important issues facing institutions of higher learning will include sharing of experiences and best practices, and will be moderated by experienced Warner attorneys. Topics will include:

Responding to OCR Complaints
  • Scope of OCR authority
  • Initial response to a complaint
  • Working with the OCR to reach and implement resolutions
Clery and HEOA Act Compliance
  • Requirements of the Act
  • Development and implementation of an emergency plan
  • Testing/publication of the emergency plan
Safeguarding Summer Campers and Other Youth on Campus
  • Potential liability
  • Controls and other safeguards against those liabilities
Health Care Reform Challenges
  • Coverage for students
  • Potential effects on campus
Reasonable Student Accommodations
  • Applicable rules & regulations
  • Academic accommodations
  • Student life/housing accommodations
Cyber Issues
  • Student data - retention, security & privacy
  • Cyber-harassment on campus

This complimentary conference will focus on a number of important issues and recent developments pertaining to the administration of colleges and universities in Michigan.

9:00 - 9:45 am   Registration
9:45 am - 4:00 pm   Roundtable, General Sessions and Lunch
4:00 pm   Reception


Please register by September 19 using the form below or contact Sharon Sprague at 616.752.2326 or


This is a complimentary program.

Directions and Parking

The Downtown Conference Center is centrally located in Grand Rapids’ business and entertainment district, just south of the Van Andel arena. Ample parking is available in the public lot across from the conference center. You will be provided with a voucher to cover the cost of parking during the conference.


Overnight accommodations are available in the Amway Grand Plaza. Please call the hotel at 800.253.3590 to reserve your room. Be sure to identify yourself as a Warner Norcross & Judd seminar attendee to receive the special room rate of $154. Please reserve your room before September 5 to guarantee the rate.


If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Sharon Sprague at 616.752.2326 or

Before or after the conference, enjoy ArtPrize. Most ArtPrize venues are within short walking distance of the conference center and the hotel. Maps and details will be provided at the conference.

NOTICE. Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you.

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