Jeff Nolan of Dinse’s Higher Education Practice Group presented three sessions at the University of Vermont’s national Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference in October, 2014. Jeff co-presented the keynote update on recent developments in higher education law, co-presented a session on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (“VAWA”) and Title IX, and co-presented a session on the relationship between VAWA obligations to respond to dating violence, domestic violence and stalking and the work of campus threat assessment teams.
During September, 2014, Jeff Nolan of Dinse’s Higher Education Practice Group co-presented a webinar sponsored by United Educators and the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. Colleges and universities from around the country participated in the webinar, which suggested that institutions should consider involving their campus threat assessment teams as appropriate when responding to reports of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking that are likely to be received given the requirements of the recently-enacted Violence Against Women Act amendments to the Clery Act.
In April, 2014, Jeff Nolan of Dinse’s Higher Education and Employment practice groups presented a session on Campus SaVE Act implementation and training at the University Risk Management and Insurance Association’s Northeastern Regional Conference in Wellesley, Massachusetts, a session on workplace threat assessment and reintegration of “scary” employees into the workplace at the BLR Safety Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, and a session on threat assessment and the law at the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety Threat Assessment Conference in Richmond, Virginia.
Jeff Nolan of Dinse’s Higher Education Practice Group recently participated in the National Association of College and University Attorneys’ Spring Conference in Miami, which focused on “Student Sexual Misconduct: Addressing Institutional Culture and Compliance.” Jeff co-presented a session on the changes to institutional policies and practices required by the Campus SaVE Act, which went into effect March 7, 2014 and requires colleges and universities to respond to and provide training regarding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Jeff also co-led a discussion group regarding how institutions should work with local law enforcement where on-campus misconduct may also implicate the criminal justice system.
A chapter co-written by Jeff Nolan of Dinse’s Higher Education Practice Group (with co-authors Gene Deisinger, Ph.D. and Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D.) titled “Threat Assessment and Management in Higher Education: Enhancing the Standard of Care in the Academy” was published in December, 2013 in the International Handbook of Threat Assessment. This peer-reviewed Handbook, which compiles chapters covering the basics of threat assessment and management, threat assessment in specific fields of practice such as higher education and schools, and best and promising practices in threat assessment and management operations, was published by the Oxford University Press.
Amy McLaughlin, Jeff Nolan and Sophie Zdatny will be hosting a day long Master Class on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center on January 23rd.
In October, 2013, Jeff Nolan of Dinse’s Higher Education Practice Group presented three sessions to a national-draw audience at the University of Vermont’s Legal Issues in Higher Education conference. Jeff did two presentations regarding how colleges and universities should respond to complaints of sexual violence on campus in light of the Campus SaVE Act (effective March, 2014), and one presentation regarding how institutions should work to accommodate students with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive disabilities. In November, 2013, Jeff did a presentation at the University of New Hampshire for the Northern New England Chapter of the College and University Personnel Association regarding new issues that employers are likely to face given the expansion of mental disorders outlined in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (“DSM-5”).
Linda Cohen will be speaking about the legal and reimbursement impacts of Vermont’s Physician Aid in Dying Law at the Vermont Ethics Network’s annual Fall Conference, Vermont’s New Normal: End-of-Life Care and Physician Aid in Dying (Act 39) on October 29, 2013. You may learn more about and register for the program by visiting vtethicsnetwork.org.