Ethical And Legal Issues In Student Affairs
In the following questions, consider all aspects of the course terms and topics we covered this semester. Consider the reading assignments (articles, law cases, and case studies), class discussions and online discussions, and class topics. Reflect on legal terms and cases when necessary. You may reference SFA policy when appropriate. The final is worth 100 points of your total available course points. Pick five of the questions below. A minimum of 1 page should be utilized to answer each of the five questions (totaling a minimum of 5 pages). Use APA format for this exam (running head, title page, the references page, no abstract needed), all one document. Turn into D2L and LiveText. Final exam worth 100 points. A minimum of 5 references are required, with at least 2 from scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources.
I. Freedom of expression for students is protected mainly by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Discuss how student protests and demonstrations affect student affairs professionals. You may address how to achieve the balance between free speech and civility, applicable laws, and any current situations in the media.
II. How would you recommend that student affairs professionals navigate situations when their professional beliefs clash with their supervisors? You may describe an ethical dilemma you may face (or have already faced) as a professional, and how you would address it (or how you handled it).
III. As student affairs practitioners there may be occasions when you struggle to set professional boundaries. When this occurs how will you respond? How do you plan to model the way for students as a student affairs professional?
IV. What are some issues to consider when you are required to provide accommodations to students? How will you respond to their needs? You may highlight specific areas within the student affairs profession.
V. Decision-making is a learned process, one that takes years to develop. Effective decision-making can promote student development and learning, improve practice, and gain the respect of colleagues and supervisors. Discuss ethical decision-making and how it may apply to the student affairs profession topics we discussed in the course.
VI. Describe two areas within the field of Student Affairs that Title IX impacts. Discuss how knowledge in the law will benefit you in your career.
VII. Consider workplace ethics and the work skills necessary to be successful in a student affairs career. Discuss the importance of having a solid ethical foundation. You may highlight professional codes of ethics when appropriate.
VIII. Discuss key student affairs legal concerns and issues. Topics may include, hazing, risk management, campus security/safety, student organizations, liability, and student discipline. Discuss relevant law case(s) related to these areas with their implications to the student affairs field.
IX. Discuss key student affairs legal concerns and issues related to academic freedom, due process, FERPA, and personnel issues. Discuss relevant law case(s) related to these areas with their implications to the student affairs field.
X. Easy one…..Out of all the concepts you learned in class this semester, what is the biggest takeaway for you?
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