Dealing With Unanticipated Student Deaths on Campus, Including COVID-19 Deaths

Education law expert Dr. Jim Castagnera will guide you in developing a set of protocols for dealing with student death on your campus. You will learn how to prepare for a tragedy, speed the community’s recovery, and limit liability.

What You'll Learn

  • What are the three critical phases in dealing with a student death?
  • What steps should you take during the first 72 hours after a death is discovered?
  • How should you communicate with interested and involved parties?
  • When may the institution and individual employees be sued?
  • What investigations and disciplinary actions may be necessary?
  • How can you rebuild your institution’s reputation?
  • What corrective actions should you take to restore a sense of campus safety?
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Training Overview

How do you handle student deaths? As COVID-19 takes its toll, schools are facing more tragedies.

As COVID-19 continues to surge, reports of student deaths on school campuses are increasing. These contribute to escalating tragedies as students also become victims of accidents, suicides, and substance abuse.

Despite your best efforts, a student death on your campus is an ever-present possibility. You need to understand what steps to take to comfort students and communicate effectively. You must have protocols in place to protect your institution from a public relations or legal nightmare.

  • What are the three critical phases in dealing with a student death?
  • What steps should you take during the first 72 hours after a death is discovered?
  • How should you communicate with interested and involved parties?
  • When may the institution and individual employees be sued?
  • What investigations and disciplinary actions may be necessary?
  • How can you rebuild your institution’s reputation?
  • What corrective actions should you take to restore a sense of campus safety?
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Who Should Attend?
  • In-house counsel
  • Human resources professionals
  • Information technology staff
  • Management
  • Front line supervisors
  • Security personnel
  • School administrators
  • University administrators
  • Crisis control personnel
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