Call for Proposals: Legal Issues in Student Affairs Conference at SIU Carbondale

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Call for Proposals

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Deadline:  July 18, 2018

The graduate students of the College Student Personnel Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale will be hosting a one-day drive-in Legal Issues in Student Affairs Conference on Thursday, October 4, 2018.  This conference will include university leaders, scholars, and graduate students from Universities in the surrounding area.  This is the inaugural conference.

The 2018 Legal Issues in Student Affairs: An Everchanging Landscape at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale will focus on three distinct areas of Higher Education:

  1. Federal and State Policies, such as FERPA, Student Financial Aid, and HIPPA
  2. Student Life, such as Residence Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Student Organizations
  3. Title IX, such as Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Athletic Compliance

One of the primary objectives of this conference is to serve as an educational and professional development tool for individuals in various levels of their career path.  This conference will consist of breakout sessions, a keynote, and conclude with a case study competition among teams of individuals from different institutions.  This will ensure the participants of the conference are able to learn through presentations, engage the material in the case study competition, and have the opportunity to network with their peers.

Abstract Submission

Graduate students and professionals from universities in southern Illinois and the surrounding region are welcome to apply.  The deadline for Submission is Monday, July 18, 2018.

Call for Proposals

Submission Guidelines

The abstract should be no longer than 400 words and should describe the area the presenter wishes to focus on and the mode of presentation.  The individual should also provide a reason behind why they are qualified to present the material.

A committee of Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff from SIU will then select nine presenters for the breakout sessions at the conference.  The intention is to select three presentations for each of the three areas, (1) Federal and State Policies, (2) Student Life, and (3) Title IX based on submissions.  There will be one presentation per area reserved for Graduate Students barring sufficient proposal submissions.

Presenters will have a discounted registration fee, which will only cover the cost of lunch, and the presenter will receive a complimentary parking pass for the day of the conference.

Case Study Submission

Professionals may also choose to submit case studies for the case study competition. The submission deadline is Wednesday, August 1, 2018.  To submit please email submissions to Alex Maxwell (

Submission Guidelines

A committee of Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff from SIU will review and select case studies.  To submit the case study, the professional must have at least 4 years of professional experience in the fields of Student Affairs, Higher Education, or Law.

The committee will select ten case studies for use at the conference depending on the number of teams that participate in the competition.

For more information, please contact Alex Maxwell at


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