Publication Date

12-2010

Abstract

Higher education leaders have a tremendous responsibility as it relates to legal concerns. This guidebook is intended to assist leaders in higher education by providing factors for which administrators serving in a student affairs or higher education leadership role should consider. This guidebook is designed to offer five recommendations for best practices. The guidebook will also review the 2007 rape and murder of a Eastern Michigan University student in demonstrating how leaders at this institution failed to follow these five factors of best practice and thus providing examples of negligence or tort liability, which has best been defined as civil wrong, other than a breach of contract, for which the court will allow a remedy (Kaplan & Lee, 2007). (Barr & Associates, 1993) inform leaders, “The best defense against tort liability is to know legal duties and fulfill them.” (p. 281). Readers will learn how best to apply the following factors in student affairs and/or higher educational leadership: 1.Avoid unethical behavior 2.Hire good people 3.Establish and follow procedures 4.Be current on legal issues affecting higher education 5.Develop positive leadership skills

Disciplines

Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Criminal Law | Educational Administration and Supervision | Student Counseling and Personnel Services