Higher Education Roundtable at HWS – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Higher Education Roundtable at HWS

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in partnership with Nazareth College and Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, are presenting a roundtable luncheon series devoted to legal issues in higher education. The roundtable is offered to keep college and university administrators up-to-date on a number of critical and dynamic legal issues.

“Our planning for the coming academic year has included an increased emphasis on creating and maintaining partnerships with academic institutions in the region to seek opportunities to share resources as we strive to afford our students a consistently high level of programs and services,” says Robert Flowers, vice president for student affairs at HWS. “This series will afford our staff, as well as staff at institutions in the entire upstate New York region, an affordable and easily accessible means to maintain the most current professional knowledge.”

The two-hour luncheons will be held on the campuses of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Nazareth College in Rochester and the sessions will be led by attorneys from Harter Secrest & Emery, together with higher education administrators and other experts. The panelists will address legal issues in a practical, problem-solving format with an emphasis on risk management.

The first luncheon takes place from noon to 2 p.m.  on Friday, Feb. 6 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The title is “Crisis and Emergency Preparedness” and it will explore how to create and maintain a safe campus without creating a police state, ensure compliance with legal obligations, and work collaboratively with local law enforcement. This particular session is especially useful for those in campus safety, communications, finance, human resources, information technology, risk management and student affairs. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Jan. 26 to Cheryl Irick, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, (585) 231-1439 or cirick@hselaw.com.

Then, on April 3, from noon to 2 p.m., a luncheon held at Nazareth College, titled “Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504” will address mental health services provided to students, methods to address student mental health issues, institutional obligations under Section 504, and the impact of the significant amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Nazareth College will also discuss its Veterans Scholarship and its collaboration with the Veterans Outreach Center to provide services to returning veterans enrolled at Nazareth. To attend this luncheon, those interested must RSVP to Irick by March 23.