Latest issues affecting Texas higher education to be addressed at UNT law conference

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 14:58

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Topics including hazing, sexual violence, trans students on campus, the student loan crisis and the implementation of concealed carry, as well as other major legal considerations for university and college professionals and attorneys, will be discussed at the 20th annual Texas Higher Education Law Conference at the University of North Texas.

The conference will be March 21-22 (Monday-Tuesday) at the UNT Gateway Center, located at 801 North Texas Blvd. The event is expected to bring together almost 300 administrative, law enforcement and legal personnel from higher education institutions, with emphasis on best practices for handling issues specific to Texas.

"Many of our attendees are working in student affairs in one way or another," said Marc Cutright, associate professor of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education and conference director. "They don't necessarily have strong legal backgrounds, it's a complex legal environment in terms of federal and state law, and these are folks who just want to know what to do. For them, it's a good bang for the buck.

"Our intention is, first, to serve as an educational forum for exchange on legal issues in the state of Texas," said Cutright. "Second, we want to help provide scholarship funds for the higher education program.  We're able to offer about $25,000 a year for scholarships for graduate students."

Early registration for the conference ends on March 4 and is $265 per day or $340 for both days. Regular registration, which ends March 18 (Friday), is $315 per day or $390 for both days. On-site registration is $355 per day or $415 for both days. Registration for UNT students and employees is $137.50 per day or $225 for both days.

To register or for details, visit the Texas Higher Education Law Conference website or contact Cutright at or 940-369-7875.

About the Higher Education Law Conference

Considered the premier conference on higher education law in Texas, the conference is sponsored by the UNT Higher Education Development Initiative and the UNT College of Education. Other sponsors are the Independent College and Universities of Texas, North Texas Community College Consortium, The Texas Association of Community Colleges, Texas Association of Community College Student Affairs Administrators, Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, The Texas Association of Community College Chief Student Affairs Administrators, The Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators, The Texas Council of Student Services Vice Presidents, UNT Department of Counseling and Higher Education, UNT Higher Education Development Initiative, Texas Association of School Boards and Public Identity, Inc.

About UNT's College of Education

UNT's College of Education prepares students to contribute to the advancement of education, health and human development. Founded in 1890 as a teacher's training college, UNT now enrolls more than 4,000 students in the College of Education, which consists of four departments -- counseling and higher education; educational psychology; kinesiology, health promotion and recreation; and teacher education and administration. UNT's College of Education certifies about 1,000 teachers a year -- making it the largest producer of new teachers in the North Texas region. Students are also prepared for careers as researchers, counselors, leaders, physical activity and health promotion specialists, child development and family studies specialists and more.

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