Apply to USF Now | Graduate Admissions | Events & Workshops | Giving to the Office of Graduate Studies

Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SDS6703

Edit function not enabled for this course.

Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-04-06
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved 8/5/08; SCNS approved 11/2/09; effective 1/2010; posted in Banner 11/2/09

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2164 2008-06-30
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Psychological and Social Foundations ED 172500
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Thomas E. Miller 9744934

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SDS 6703 The Law and Student Affairs

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    The Law and Student Affairs
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    SDS6042, SDS6624, SDS6520, EDF6165.



    Course Description

    This course for graduate students in College Student Affairs will focus on the legal context associated with the duties of the student affairs professional. The focus will be on an understanding of constitutional, statutory, and contract law.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The place of law in higher education has grown increasingly important to the student affairs professional, requiring an understanding of both the meaning of the law itself and the dynamic interaction of social, political, economic and educational phenomen

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is a required course for master degree students enrolled in the College Student Affairs program.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes. Eight times.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Experience in college student affairs administration, preferably at a senior level; Ph.D. or Ed.D.; graduate level teaching experience.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The objectives of this course are to introduce students to key legal principles that affect professional practice in student affairs and to help students discuss and write about legal issues in the field with clarity and confidence.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, students will:

    1)Understand and be able to apply the legal principles discussed in the operation of higher educational institutions;

    2)Understand the ways in which the law affects the relationships between students and institutions and know the major policy and legal issues affecting student affairs in higher education;

    3)Be familiar with regulatory issues in higher education and how they affect institutions and the practices of student affairs; and

    4)Be familiar with how the rights of students are defined and protected by the law and know how those rights affect student affairs practice.

    C. Major Topics

    1.1) Post-secondary law, sources of law, and public/private distinctions.

    1.2) Academic policies, academic freedom, tenure.

    1.3) Liability, negligence, torts.

    1.4) Campus community and departments with special duty.

    2.1) Legal relationships between students and institutions.

    2.2) Contracts and contract law.

    2.3) Student organizations, student government, fraternities and sororities.

    3.1) Employment, affirmative action, discrimination, sexual harassment.

    3.2) The ADA and students with disabilities.

    3.3) Regulatory issues and relevant legislative initiatives.

    3.4) Student records, privacy issues, FERPA.

    4.1) The student conduct process.

    4.2) Freedom of expression.

    D. Textbooks

    Kaplin, W. & Lee, B. (1997) A legal guide for student affairs professionals. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

- if you have questions about any of these fields, please contact or