Educational institutions - at all levels - are obligated to conduct reasonable investigations into reported or suspected student misconduct to determine whether there has been a violation of a school's student code of conduct and, if so, what are the facts surrounding the violation. While the conduct process of an investigation may vary from case to case depending on issues such as the grade level of the institution and the gravity of the offense, such investigations must always be conducted in a manner to ensure a fair and complete investigation of potential misconduct, in order to maximize the confidence in the investigation's results and minimize the institution's potential exposure to liability.
This presentation by expert speaker James P. Evans will focus on providing pragmatic methods for conducting such investigations so their results can withstand judicial scrutiny and enjoy the confidence of an institution's faculty, students, and parents. The session will discuss issues, including how to conduct effective witness interviews, how to gather evidence, how to prepare an effective investigation report, and the investigator's role in the student discipline process. It will also discuss when to involve law enforcement and how to conduct an investigation when law enforcement is involved; how to ensure compliance with FERPA and other law that may impact on such investigations, and issues pertaining to witness confidentiality. By taking part in the webinar, you will get:
Who Should Attend
James P. Evans
James P. Evans has significant experience advising and representing educational institutions, including public and private elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary institutions. As a Partner with Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, he provides educational institutions with advice and representation on issues inclu... More info