ERIC Number: ED285100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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Legal Decisions and Moral Judgment of Student Affairs Administrators.
Student affairs administrators make discretionary moral and ethical choices regarding the relationship of individual students and of institutional policy to the law. A study was conducted which used Kohlberg's Moral Judgment Development Theory to explore the relationship between the student personnel administrator's moral judgment and his or her ability to concur with court decisions concerning student rights. Voting members (N=188) of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators completed a short form of the Defining Issues Test and rated six brief vignettes of court cases from the federal law which related to student affairs issues. For each vignette, respondents rated how they believed the court ruled in each case, how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the perceived court decision, and whether or not they themselves had any litigation experience with that particular area of law. The results revealed that subjects had a high overall comfort level with their legal knowledge and their training, and they tended to recommend the same training for others. They reported little actual experience with litigation in common areas of student affairs, along with a very low level of concurrence with actual court decisions. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Chicago, IL, March 15-18, 1987).