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The Fall Forum for Colleges and Universities – Hot Topics

October 30, 2009

Montgomery McCracken presents “The Fall Forum for Colleges and Universities – Hot Topics” on October 30, 2009 from 8:00 am-12:30 pm in our Philadelphia office.  

8:00 am
Breakfast & Registration

8:30 am
Joyce B. Link, Chair, Higher Education Law Group, Montgomery McCracken

8:35 am
Study Abroad – The Benefits and The Challenges
Presented by Arlene Snyder, Arcadia University, Director of Health, Safety and Securit

Health and safety in study abroad is of paramount importance to the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.  Serving approximately 3000 students in 14 different countries each year, the Study Abroad program offers a wide variety of opportunity and challenges. The Director of Health, Safety and Security in the College of Global Studies will discuss how perceptions of health, safety and risk have changed during her twenty-year tenure at Arcadia, and the current practices to help students, their families and their institutions plan for healthy and safe experiences abroad.

9:25 am
Clery Act
Presented by Scott A. Coffina, Montgomery McCracken

Timely warnings about security threats are among the most important elements of campus security.  Every institution must have a reliable procedure in place to warn its students, faculty and employees about threats to their safety, from relatively routine street crime to the unthinkable killing spree by a deranged student.  Aside from its obvious value to campus safety, the Clery Act requires it, the Department of Education enforces it, and institutions don’t get a second chance to get it right. Through the lens of actual enforcement actions by the Department of Education, this discussion will focus on the Clery Act’s timely warnings requirement and the process for the consideration of timely warnings that each institution must have to comply with the law and avoid the nightmare that a breakdown in the communication of security threats can bring to a campus community.

10:10 am

10:25 am
Megan’s Law on Campus: Practical Approaches to Compliance, Security & Admissions
Presented by Joanne Semeister & Karen Ibach, Montgomery McCracken

The presence of a registered sex offender on campus raises the specter of security-related issues in all areas of academic life. The presenters will review the federal and state statutes requiring the registration of sex offenders (Megan’s Laws), the application of those statutes, their intersection with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and what’s required for compliance in the college and university context.  They will also explore the numerous and varied policy questions raised by the admission and/or employment of sex offenders who are required to register with law enforcement pursuant to state Megan’s Laws. 

11:10 am
Research Misconduct
Presented by Doreen D. Kornrumpf, Thomas Jefferson University, Associate Counsel and Interim Compliance Officer

Research and scientific misconduct is reported frequently in the general news and industry periodicals.  Yet there remains confusion about what the rules require and how to successfully manage a comprehensive compliance program.  The Associate Counsel to Thomas Jefferson University will discuss requirements for institutional policies and procedures under the PHS Policies on Research Misconduct.  She will examine misconduct cases, noting how institutions have responded to allegations of misconduct, how they have conducted investigations, prepared investigative reports, adjudicated findings and fulfilled reporting requirements. Confidentiality will also be explored.

12:30 pm

If you would like to attend, please contact Stephanie Redding no later than October 16, 2009. Please respond by phone, e-mail, or fax: 215-772-7260 (ph) 215-731-3616 (fax)

October 30, 2009 at 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

123 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States


CLE Credits : 3.5