ERIC Number: ED380830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Liability Implications of Forensics Program Administration.
Voight, Philip A.; Ward, Courtney E.
Forensics program administration raises a number of troubling liability concerns. The potential liability exposure of forensics administrators may vastly exceed the litigation risks that arise as a result of ordinary teaching duties. Potential liability exposure may result from the failure of program directors to act in accordance with college or university rules or procedures, state or local laws and regulations, or the non-codified mandates that have been adopted by particular forensics squads. A number of forensics educators have called attention to troubling questions such as the use of gender-biased language in speech and debate rounds, and the relative under-representation of female directors of forensics. In this area, peer harassment is pernicious and much more common than faculty-to-student harassment. Further, the great demands that tournament participation requires of students--missed classes, deadlines, etc.--raise possible claims for educational malpractice by students against coaches. These claims might be based on a failure to establish and enforce squad academic standards and requirements. Additional concerns arise with respect to use of alcohol and drugs by students, especially while attending forensics tournaments. Also, several highly publicized cases have heightened the awareness of copyright issues on campus. A central tenet that runs through this research is that program directors should be proactive, and should know and understand the policies and regulations of their own institutions. (Contains 32 notes.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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