2017 NBOA Annual Meeting

February 26, 2017 - March 01, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 12:00 PM - Washington DC

A number of Schwartz Hannum attorneys will be presenters at the 2017 NAIS Annual Conference taking place February 26 – March 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Their sessions include:

Sex And Race:  Confronting Complex Challenges On Campus
Monday, February 27, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Speaker: Sara Goldsmith Schwartz

Society is grappling with complex, volatile issues of race and sexual misconduct. Take part in an interactive discussion about sexual assault and the evolving definitions of consent, as well as bullying, harassment and other forms of interpersonal student misconduct. Understand your reporting obligations to law enforcement and other schools and colleges. Discover strategies for responding to claims that students feel unwelcome or unsafe on campus.

Learning Objectives:

  • The type of racial and sexual issues schools can anticipate arising on campus and proactive strategies to address them.
  • Understanding the legal framework for the evolving definitions of consent, sexual assault, bullying, hazing, sexting and mandated reporting of abuse and neglect.
  • Identifying the types of educational programs and conversations that schools should consider to help create and promote student safety with regard to sex and race.

Mastering An Effective Investigation Of Alleged Misconduct
Tuesday, February 28, 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Speaker: William E. Hannum III

This program provides a detailed explanation of how to conduct an effective internal investigation on campus. Taking effective action in response to a student or employee complaint, or allegation of wrongdoing, is everyone’s goal, and this seminar will provide independent school administrators with essential tools for tackling this challenging topic. Topics in this seminar will include: planning the investigation, identifying the best investigator and witnesses, conducting complainant and witness interviews, documenting the investigation, preparing the investigation report, addressing wrongdoing, avoiding retaliation, the role of counsel, confidentiality and privacy issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Tips for educating the leadership in advance of an investigation.
  • Crisis management strategies—from a legal, moral and public relations perspective—for responding when allegations of misconduct arise.
  • Provide guidance on the ideal steps in an investigation, including how to determine when an investigation is necessary, adequately defining the scope of the investigation, and identifying the appropriate investigator.

Conference GoldmineDrafting And Enforcing Enrollment Agreements: Tips And Traps
Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Speaker: Sara Goldsmith Schwartz

When did your school most recently review its enrollment agreement? Does the enrollment agreement address parental comportment and other hot topics? This goldmine will explore the key elements of creating a legally enforceable enrollment agreement, address common traps that independent schools ought to avoid when drafting and enforcing enrollment agreements, and identify internal policies for enforcement of enrollment agreements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Key provisions to include in your enrollment agreement.
  • Common problems with enrollment agreements and how to avoid them.
  • Tips about internal policies for enforcement of enrollment agreements.

Decoding Permission and Release Forms
Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Speaker: Sarah H. Fay

Permission and release forms may be deployed in a variety of contexts, including day, overnight and international field trips, student athletic activities, homestay arrangements, experiential learning programs and for any extra- or co-curricular activities that occur outside of the classroom or academic curriculum. Legal counsel will provide guidance to help protect schools should problems arise during school-sponsored activities, via a detailed explanation of key provisions to include in permission and release forms. Real-world examples will demonstrate how permission and release forms have been, and should be, tailored to specific school cultures and activities.

For more information about the NBOA Annual Meeting and to register, click here.

About the 2017 NBOA Annual Meeting

NBOA’s largest event and a “must-attend” gathering for business officers and other independent school leaders. This exceptional program provides three days of extensive professional development and networking opportunities for over 1,000 independent school professionals from across the country.

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