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December 1, 2021

Early Bird Registration Deadline

December 10, 2021

Regular Registration Deadline

Virtual NASPA Student Affairs Law & Policy Conference

Virtual Conferences and Institutes Policy and Advocacy Public Policy Division

Student affairs professional practice is impacted daily by changing state and federal laws that require educators to stay at the forefront of a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape. At the The 2021 Student Affairs Law & Policy Conference, participants will engage with a diverse range of content experts and gain skills that will build upon their capacity to address pressing legal issues.

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The 2021 Student Affairs Law & Policy Conference event is centered on the most important current trends in higher education law and is a valuable learning opportunity for student affairs professionals ranging from housing to campus conduct professionals as well as mid- and senior-level administrators. Join us for this event to connect with colleagues and to connect your campus' needs with information and approaches to address current legal challenges affecting student affairs and higher education.   

Selected presentation topics include:

  • Federal laws and policies impacting students
  • First Amendment and free speech on campus
  • Supporting undocumented or students, including those with DACA
  • Disability law
  • Protest and the First Amendment on campus
  • Managing student mental health
  • Sexual assault/Title IX and compliance
  • Intersections of policy and social justice concerns on college campuses
  • State level policy and laws impacting institutions
  • Marijuana policy
  • Conceal and carry
  • Free speech zones
  • Navigating conflicts between federal and state law
  • Risk management Fraternity and sorority life.


If you are planning to attend the 2021 Virtual Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference today, Sunday, December 12 2021 please join the NASPA staff in the Virtual Help Desk to be assisted with registration. 

Help Desk Link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1455902095

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status at the time of the event. If your current membership will expire prior to the event, you will have the option to renew at the time of registration to receive the member rate.

If you are not a current member and are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as a professional affiliate member for $75. If your institution is NOT a member, you can join as an associate affiliate member for $242. Both membership types provide access to the individual member rate for the event. Please visit the membership section of the NASPA website to learn more about membership types and benefits. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may qualify for a NASPA Foundation Membership Scholarship or NASPA Foundation Professional Development Access Scholarship, which can be used for this event.

For a comprehensive listing of NASPA registration policies, please visit this page.


6/15/21 - 12/01/21
12/01/21 - 12/10/21
12/10/21 - 12/12/21


$550 $650
$550 $650 $750
Student Member
$150 $250 $350


If you would like to donate to the NASPA Foundation to provide more Professional Development Access Scholarships, please click the button below.

Donate Today! 
Registration Policies

This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be processed after December 1, 2021 for any reason.

Please allow 7-10 business days for processing. To inquire about the status of a refund after 10 business days, please send an email to [email protected] .

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected].

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processes, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPAsection of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the drop down menu. Alternatively, email a request to [email protected] to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in the event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Payment Policies

Changes in payment method or credit card after the initial payment is processed are NOT permitted, no exceptions. Please be sure that you are using the appropriate credit card for this transaction.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

The registration rate displayed is based on your current membership status. If your membership expires or changes before the event, your registration rate will change, and you will be expected to pay the rate that coincides with your new level of NASPA membership.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to [email protected].


NASPA Main Office 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Jill Dunlap
Director for Research and Practice
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext 1196


Dec 12
Dec 13
Dec 14
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Welcome and Opening Plenary


The VaxForward Toolkit: Developing COVID Policies and Protocols to Keep Campuses Safe


  • Sarah Van Orman, Associate Vice Provost for Student Health, Chief Health Officer, USC Student Health, USC Student Health, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

  • Giang T. Nguyen, Executive Director, Harvard University Health Services 

  • James R. Jacobs, Executive Director, Vaden Health Services, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Stanford University


2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Concurrent Session I

  • Athlete Rights After Alston and NIL 
  • Higher Education Policy Update: Federal and State Priorities 


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Session II

  • Hearsay is Reportable and Preferably Online: The Implications of Compelled Disclosure and Mandated Reporting Laws 
  • Higher Education Policy and the States in 2021 


11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Morning Plenary


Beyond the First Amendment on Campus Free Expression

Panel led by Jacquie Pfeffer Merrill, Bipartisan Policy Center, featuring:

  • Kurt Lash, Professor of Law, University of Richmond
  • John Nunes, President, Concordia College-New York
  • Lori White, President, DePauw University
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Concurrent Session III

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Inclusive Campus: How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want? 
  • Medical Leaves for College Students: Challenges and Recommendations 


1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Concurrent Session IV

  • Tracking Title IX’s Protection of LGBTQ Students
  • Considerations for Developing a Robust Referral System on College Campuses


2:45 PM - 3:30 PM


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Concurrent Session V

  • From Diversity to Inclusion to Belonging
  • Speak Up! Navigating the Discomfort Between Violations of Community Values and Free Speech Protections 


4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Concurrent Session VI

  • Protests, Police, and Policy Violations: Administrators’ Role in Reducing Tensions Between Student Activists and Law Enforcement 
  • Duck and Cover, Little Lady: The Implications of Campus Carry 


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Concurrent Session VII

  • College Admissions and the First Amendment
  • Student Protest and Expression Post-COVID: Building Relationships and Supporting Staff




11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Session VIII

  • Bias Response Teams: Current Strategies and Emerging Alternatives 
  • The Future of Policing and Public Safety


12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Concurrent Session IX

  • Doing More Than Diversity: Moving Past Compliance Approaches to Creating Policies for Queer, Trans, and Nonbinary Students

  • Using DEA Prevention Strategies to Address Drug Misuse on Campus


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Closing & Keynote Speaker


Title IX: A Status Update and Discussion

Featuring: Suzanne Goldberg, Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Operations and Outreach with the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights


The sponsor/exhibitor application is now available. If you have any sponsorship questions, please contact Kristie Jacobsen-Jerde at 218-280-7578 or [email protected]. For all the ways you can get involved with NASPA, please visit the Corporate Involvement Page.

Thank you for our Gold Sponsors