FERPA Update: FERPA Fundamentals 2009 – Audio Conference

Date:Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Time: 1-2:30 pm CST
Location: Hughes-Trigg Forum
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

With changes to the Higher Education Act pending rulemaking, FERPA remains the centerpiece of student affairs compliance. As courts weigh in and real life case studies present themselves, it’s imperative that you and your staff remain up to date on the latest issues that FERPA presents on campus.

  • What exactly does FERPA restrict?
  • Who on campus, and off-campus, is eligible to have access to student education records?
  • Why and when can student records be shared or disclosed?
  • What should institutional employees do if they are concerned about a student?
  • How do we prepare and train our campus community to uphold FERPA in their daily work?

Topics Covered:

  • A practical overview of the structure and purpose of the statute
  • Ascertain the new FERPA regulations -  what you need to know and to do
  • How to apply the health and safety emergency, parental, and other important disclosure exceptions
  • Understand how E-mail and other electronic information is regulated under FERPA
  • Learn about the almost-forgotten "inspect and review"  and "seek amendment" rights
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The Amethyst Initiative Debate: Rethinking The Drinking Age

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Time: 12-1:00 pm CST (bring your lunch)
Location: Junkins Building (Bobby Lyle School of Engineering), Room 110
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

From the moment it was introduced last summer, the Amethyst Initiative has inspired passionate debate and discussion about what the legal drinking age should be.

This is a subject like none other. University leaders have long struggled with the knowledge that students engage in risky alcohol-related behaviors. If there were a simple solution to the problem, it would already be in place on every campus, nationwide. While no single policy or program leads to success or failure, there are contributing factors that warrant discussion. One of these factors is the current legal drinking age of 21. The Amethyst Initiative calls for a discussion of the merits and flaws of the current policy.

Who should attend:

  • Student affairs professionals
  • Leadership program coordinators
  • Faculty advisors
  • Hall directors
  • Student organization advisors

Graduate and undergraduate students with coordinating roles

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Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008
Time: 12-1:30 pm CST (bring your lunch)
Location: Business Services Conference Room, in the basement of Clements Hall
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

Threatening behavior on campus

This new online seminar shows you how to:

  • Recognize it
  • Assess it
  • Respond to it

In the wake of recent tragic events, colleges and universities have taken a hard look at how they respond to violent incidents on campus.
They’re also taking an equally hard look at how to be proactive . . . how to effectively assess threats at an early stage, and prevent incidents from ever happening in the first place.

Threat assessment poses some unique challenges on campus, however. Most of the models come from law enforcement, and they simply aren’t as useful when dealing with students who don’t have extensive behavioral/criminal "track records."

That’s why we’re excited to join with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM) to co-sponsor a new online seminar, Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting. For the first time, a model has been developed specifically to assist campus behavioral intervention teams, and we’ll share that model with you in this 90-minute presentation on November 6th.

Led by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., and Dr. John D. Byrnes, the seminar will provide you with the tools you need to:

  • Identify threats.
  • Gauge their severity.
  • Assess the risks.
  • Take steps to protect your campus.

Using a holistic, multidisciplinary approach, the presenters have developed a model you can use with a high degree of confidence to:

  • Distinguish between primal and cognitive aggression.
  • Fully understand the nine measures of aggression.
  • Assess risk on a scale from mild to severe using specific, consistent criteria.
  • Take intervention measures appropriate to the level of risk.

By seminar’s end, you’ll have the knowledge and tools necessary to build an assessment and intervention program that speaks to the unique needs of your campus community.

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Quality Student Leadership Programs: Research-Based Practices

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 (bring your lunch)
Time: 12-1:30 pm CST
Location: Hughes-Trigg Forum
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

What makes an effective student leadership program?
Student leadership programs are proliferating at colleges and universities. Some are campus-wide; some are specific to departments like residence life and student affairs. Large or small, for every program there’s likely a faculty or administrative mentor wondering:

It’s your opportunity to:

  • Learn which parts of your current program are most beneficial to students
  • Hone your leadership training skills
  • Create a richer experience for students
  • Promote the success of student projects and organizations

Who should attend:

  • Student affairs professionals
  • Leadership program coordinators
  • Faculty advisors
  • Hall directors
  • Student organization advisors
  • Graduate and undergraduate students with coordinating roles
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Teaching Troubled Students: Campus Policy and Threat Assessment

Date: Friday, September 19, 2008
Time: 12-1:30 pm CST
Location: Crow 175 (Cox School of Business)
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

Presented by Gary Pavela, a leading authority on campus security, the seminar will address critical issues including:
• The range of options campuses have in identifying and responding to at-risk students
• The current data on frequency of violent crimes on campus
• The association between mental illness and violence
• The legal and policy implications of removing clinically depressed/suicidal students from campus
• The benefits of properly designed “threat assessment” protocols and incident response teams
• Faculty roles in identification, outreach and referral of at-risk students.

Because the program is live and interactive, you’ll also have the chance to pose your own questions, and hear the concerns, challenges and success stories of other attendees nationwide

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Hardwiring Organizational Follow-Through

Securing Student Adherence with Treatment and Making the Tough Calls Regarding Student Separation

Date: Tuesday, Sept 16, 2008
Time: 1-2 pm CST
Location: Hughes-Trigg Forum
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

At times the complexity of students’ situations means that tougher calls are needed, both to ensure students follow through on treatment and, on occasion, to ensure a smooth transition out of the university environment. The practices profiled in this call have two aims. The first group of practices introduces student affairs leaders to effective ideas for helping support students in adhering to treatment
recommendations. The second group addresses the thorny challenge of removing students.

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Removing Barriers to Student Care

Date: Tuesday, Sept 9, 2008
Time: 1-2 pm CST
Location: Hughes-Trigg Forum
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

Research uncovered a wide range of approaches to providing mental health treatment on campus. In trying to understand how much is enough, each university needs to define what level of care it is willing and able to provide for its students. At a minimum, however, every university must have systems in place to evaluate troubled students who surface, stabilize crisis situations, and connect students with follow-up resources. These resources may be provided on campus but in many cases these services are located in the community, illustrating the need for off-campus referral networks and next generation case management systems.

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Rapidly Identifying and Intervening with Troubled Students

Rapidly Identifying and Intervening with Troubled Students

Date: Tuesday, 8/19/08
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST
Location: Maguire 251 (Cox School of Business)
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

This program highlights proactive strategies for the university to identify and connect troubled students with resources and support. Council research shows that early identification of and intervention with distressed students can catch problems before they escalate and, in some cases, can help avert crises. This call also profiles best practices designed to give Student Affairs leaders the information they need to make good decisions and take a comprehensive approach to supporting the needs of troubled students.

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The Clery Act for Student Affairs Professionals

Date: Wednesday, 8/13/08
Time: Noon ??? 1 pm
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

  • Issues Surrounding Study Abroad Programs
  • Status of Parks/Parking Lots Separated from Campus
  • Whom to Include in “Third Party” Reporting of Crimes
  • Clarification of the Requirements for the Daily Crime Log
  • Required Reporting of Off-Campus Crime
  • On/Off Campus Issues in Respect to Fraternities and Sororities
  • Clarification of Hate Crime Statistics
  • Clarification of “Campus Security Authority”
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FERPA Changes and Updates

FERPA Changes and Updates

Date: July 28, 2008
Time: Noon – 1 pm
Contact: Troy Behrens at tbehrens@smu.edu

  • A general overview of FERPA (This overview will be applicable to all offices on campus)
  • Specific answers to commonly asked FERPA questions and their relationship with financial aid issues
  • Best practices and suggestions on how to respond to requests for student personally identifiable information
  • Practical ways to verify the identity of individuals seeking student personally identifiable information
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