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Social Media, Bullying and the First Amendment - What Are Colleges To Do? (EDU962X)

Presented by: Timothy E. Gilsbach, ESQ
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Dealing With Social Media Bullying in colleges Without Violating the First Amendment Rights of the Bully

Addressing bullying in college has become more difficult and more complex as more and more students use social media. In the past a student could tease or bully another student in front of a dozen other students, but now with technology they can do so in front of an audience of hundreds at any time in the day.  colleges are put in a difficult position wanting and needing to address such bullying, but may be limited by the First Amendment rights of the bully.

In this session, expert speaker Timothy E. Gilsbach, Esq. will review the law regarding social media bullying in colleges and First Amendment considerations. Know what colleges can and must do to avoid potential liability from suits from the bully, the victim or both.

Session Highlights:

  • When should and when must colleges act on bullying issues?
  • What can happen if colleges fail to act?
  • What are the limits on what colleges can do in this area in terms of discipline?
  • Why do such limits exist?
  • Do colleges still need to act if it appears the allegations are false or if they are true, but the bully can’t be disciplined?
  • A review of what colleges should do in response to allegations of bullying
  • Steps colleges should take to help the victim
  • Steps colleges should take with respect to the bully
  • Review approaches that can balance these two conflicting obligations on the part of colleges

Who Should Attend

  • Directors of Special Education
  • Directors of Student Services
  • college Psychologists
  • Regular Education Teachers
  • Building Administrators
  • Deans of Students and Faculty
  • Directors of Technology
  • Deans of Students
  • Residential Directors
  • College Guidance Staff
  • College/University Student Life Staff
About Our Speaker(s)

Timothy E. Gilsbach | FERPA Educational Law  SpeakerTimothy E. Gilsbach ESQ
Timothy E. Gilsbach, is an attorney at King Spry and is member of the firm’s Education Group, concentrating his practice in the area of special education and student related issues. Tim defends school districts, intermediate units and charter schools in all phases of special education litigation, from state level adm... More info

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