College Catalogs: Avoid Mistakes and Legal Claims in 2024-25 School Year

Dr. Jim Castagnera, an expert higher education attorney, will explore the legal and practical aspects of a document too many higher education institutions take for granted. You will learn how to start the year with an effective course catalog that sets students’ expectations and reduces risks.

What You'll Learn

  • When and why is a college catalog a binding contract?
  • How can you effectively use disclaimers and reservations of rights?
  • What are the potential consequences of inaccuracies?
  • What are the legal implications of using an online course catalog?
  • What lessons can you learn from recent court cases?
  • What information should you include in the catalog? What should you exclude?
  • Which other documents may define your contractual relationship with students?
  • What damages and remedies are available to students for inaccuracies?
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Training Overview

Don’t get sued over your course catalog. Reduce legal risk and improve accuracy.

As you gear up for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year, ensure your course catalog is precise, transparent, and legally sound.


Course catalogs aren't just guides; they shape students' futures. They're pivotal for planning semesters and careers, and they form contractual agreements between institutions and students. In order to understand the breadth of of information and liability within a college course catalog, our experienced higher education attorney will discuss:

  • When and why is a college catalog a binding contract?
  • How can you effectively use disclaimers and reservations of rights?
  • What are the potential consequences of inaccuracies?
  • What are the legal implications of using an online course catalog?
  • What lessons can you learn from recent court cases?
  • What information should you include in the catalog? What should you exclude?
  • Which other documents may define your contractual relationship with students?
  • What damages and remedies are available for inaccuracies?
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Who Should Attend?
  • Provosts
  • Vice presidents
  • Vice provosts
  • Deans
  • Registrars
  • Associate and assistant deans
  • Academic department chairpersons
  • Diversity and equity professionals
  • Student affairs professionals
  • Compliance officers
  • Faculty
  • Other school staff members
  • Legal counsel
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Jim Castagnera
  • Member and the Chief Consultant of Holland Media Services LLC, a communications and training company with offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles
  • Member of Portum Group International LLC, a cybersecurity and privacy consulting firm in Philadelphia
  • Of Counsel to Washington International Business Counsel
  • Adjunct Professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University
  • 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • 23 years as associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University
  • Holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University
  • J.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University

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