ERIC Number: ED427627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The Academic Administrator and the Law: What Every Dean and Department Chair Needs To Know. ERIC Digest.
Toma, J. Douglas; Palm, Richard L.
This digest summarizes the role of the dean or department chair in dealing with legal issues in higher education. It considers the types of legal issues which might arise for these administrators (such as contract and tort matters for staff and students), the erosion of the legislative and judicial deference given to academic decision making, and the role of institutional counsel and academic deans and chairs. It also discusses issues faced daily by academic administrators, such as employment contracts; decisions about hiring and promoting faculty and staff; due process in disciplining students; nondiscriminatory admissions decisions, especially in the emerging area of disability; confidentiality of student records; and negligence-based institutional liability involving students. (DB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Administration, College Admission, Compliance (Legal), Deans, Decision Making, Department Heads, Disabilities, Educational Administration, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Legal Responsibility, Student College Relationship
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.