Federal Changes In Policy Concerning Suicidal & Dangerous Students: A Review Of Three Legal Cases
Federal Changes In Policy Concerning Suicidal and Dangerous Students: A Review Of Three Legal Cases
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The Department of Educationís Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently made significant changes in policy that made it more difficult for colleges and universities to avoid missteps, to understand legal liability, and to effectively manage outcomes when it comes to suicidal students who present a danger to others on campus. Found under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the revised regulation now deems it unlawful to involuntarily separate, suspend, block readmission, or expel a student on the basis of self-harmful or suicidal behaviors.

There have been several recent legal cases that are essential for colleges and universities to understand regarding how OCR is addressing harm-to-self and harm-to-others as it applies to involuntary medical leaves, readmission, and avoiding OCR complaints.

These recent cases shed light on the following questions:
  • Does having Aspergerís disorder protect a student from suspension after he threatens a staff member?
  • Once a student is medically withdrawn, what is allowable for a college to require prior to the studentís readmission?
  • Are counseling assessment records private, or are they accessible by the Dean or VP of Student Affairs during a crisis?
  • Is an inpatient admission for a suicide attempt grounds for separation from campus?

Join Dr. Brian Van Brunt and Jason Ebbeling as they discuss the psychological, administrative, and legal implications of the conditions that these issues bring to campus. This is an advanced topic webinar that will focus on a review of three legal cases and the implications for college and universities as they attempt to make sense out of these new regulations with practical applications. This is a new program that differs greatly from previous Innovative Education programs concerning suicidal students or readmission requirements.

The program will include:
  • A review of University of Arkansas Stebbins case
  • Western Michigan University Jackson Peebles
  • Princeton University and the case of W.P.
  • A brief summary of the OCR restrictions on forced medical leaves for suicidal, harm-to-self behavior and harm to others
  • An exploration of conditional return policies and how they can be created in a manner that is psychologically and legally sound
  • The topics of proper documentation, treatment planning, case management, and community impact
  • Review several important legal cases that concern harm-to-self and harm-to-others, as well as students who have filed an OCR complaint
  • Explore how the OCRís changes impact the ability to create return-to-campus conditions for students following a medical leave
  • Discuss ways to reduce the legal risk and work collaboratively with other departments to ensure solid policy and procedure development
  • Review ways to create a positive experience for the student while balancing the needs for community safety and taking steps to reduce the risk of future incidents
Who should attend?
  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Student Conduct Officers
  • Advising & Counseling
  • Campus Safety
  • Any educator interested in student safety, community safety and/or compliance

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