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Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

Conference Schedule

The University of Vermont annually presents one of the nation’s premiere conferences focused on the diverse legal issues impacting all aspects of higher education.  The conference spans two and a half days and includes multiple concurrent sessions, large plenary sessions, welcome reception, networking lunches and vendor area.

You can attend the conference at UVM or online via webstream.

The program features leading experts in Higher Education Law, Student Affairs and Campus Public Safety.

Through interactive sessions, panel discussions and informal networking opportunities participants learn practical approaches to complex legal situations.

Participants acquire the knowledge to implement best practices, policies and programs; and develop a network of peers to serve as connectors and advisors who continue to serve as a problem-solving resources after the conclusion of the conference.

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  • Free Speech
  • Student Mental Health
  • Student Conduct
  • Title IX
  • Greek Life
  • International Student Issues
  • Transgender Student Issues
  • Digital Accessibility

Housing is available in area hotels.  Please note that hotel rooms book early during the Fall foliage season.

All materials are available online.

Webstreaming Option

If you prefer to attend the conference sessions from the comfort of your home institution, the Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference can be viewed via a low cost webstream option.  The webstream is a live video (with audio) stream of the conference. Price is per computer.   If you choose to project the conference sessions at your home institution, many participants can view together.

You will be sent instructions on how to webstream the conference 2-4 business days prior to the start of the conference.

Conference Materials

2018 Conference Materials

2017 Conference Materials

2016 Conference Materials

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“I felt that the quality of presenters was better than any conference I have ever attended. This was my first time coming, but it will not be my last! Amazing job all around!”

Greg Dart
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Utah State University Eastern

“I have decided this conference is exactly what I need in terms of relevance of sessions offered and how current and practical the issues discussed are to the work we are doing back on campus. I have attended this conference twice in recent years, and I am constantly sharing about it with senior administrators and encouraging them to attend, as well!”

Krispin Barr, Dean of Students
Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC

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