15th Annual UNT Higher Education Law Conference

15th Annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference

Cyberbullying, Guns on Campus Among Issues at Higher Ed Law Conference

The Texas legislature appears to be moving toward the allowance of handguns on college and university campuses. The legal contexts for institutions will be among the topics to be covered at the 15th Annual Higher Education Law Conference at the University of North Texas, March 28-29, 2011.

Other topics that will be presented and discussed include:

* Legal liabilities in campus recreation centers and athletic programs
* The implications of a recent Supreme Court decision on regulating student group membership policies
* Reduction of staff for economic reasons through early retirement and voluntary separation plans and incentives
* Legal issues surrounding cyberbullying and suicide on campuses
* Recent legal developments regarding campus search and seizure actions

A full listing of the program and presenters is available by visiting the conference website, http://www.coe.unt.edu/HElawconference, or by calling 940-565-2514.

Online registration is also available at that site. Two-day registration through March 10 is $290, $340 thereafter, and $365 on site at the conference. There is a discount price for UNT faculty, staff and students which is $175.

The conference is sponsored by the UNT Center for Higher Education and the College of Education. The conference is co-sponsored by the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, and the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Conference partners include the North Texas Community College Consortium and PublicIDentity, Inc. The conference is directed by Richard Fossey, J.D., Ed.D., and Marc Cutright, Ed.D.

COE advisor selected to referee NCAA Women's Basketball Championship

D'Lynn Schertz, a multidisciplinary advisor in the College of Education and UNT alumna, was selected as one of twelve officials to referee the 2011 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship. She will be refereeing a regional game on March 11, 12 and 14 at a campus site to be determined. Officials that work the championship game of the regional will advance to the Elite Eight on March 22, 23 and 25 at the St. Joseph Civic Arena in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Dr. Colleen Eddy featured in NBC interview

College of Education assistant professor, Dr. Colleen Eddy, and student, Robert Arriola, were featured on NBC 5 in a story illustrating the uncertain future that prospective teachers are facing in light of looming budget cuts. The state faces a budget shortfall of at least $15 billion and school districts are bracing for cuts across the board. To read the story, click here. To see a video of the interview that was broadcast on NBC 5, click here.