How to Handle Student Protests

Stay ahead of the curve by planning a coordinated effort with public services, media outlets, students, faculty, and more. Now is the time to equip your team with the tools and knowledge necessary to protect your university community while upholding your institutional mission. 

What you'll learn: 

  • Crucial components of student-demonstration policy 
  • How to deal with student media covering protests 
  • Dealing with outside media seeking to cover the event 
  • Training your public-safety officers in taking a balanced approach to the protest 
  • Coordinating your institution's response with public police, fire and EMT services 
  • Ensuring protesting students have necessary medical and legal resources 
  • Ensuring counter-protesters are anticipated and under control 
  • Protecting non-protesting members of the university community and sustaining the institutional mission 
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Monday, June 17, 2024; 11:00 AM Eastern

Session scheduled for 75 minutes including question and answer period.

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Training Overview

Act Now: Student Protest Management in Today's Turbulent Times! 

In today's volatile climate, with escalating tensions and an upcoming election promising continued unrest, higher education institutions face unprecedented challenges in managing student protests.  


In this dynamic session, you'll gain crucial insights into student-demonstration policy, learn effective strategies for handling student and outside media, and discover innovative methods for training public-safety officers to maintain balance amidst protest turmoil. 


Stay ahead of the curve by planning a coordinated effort with public services, media outlets, students, faculty, and more. Now is the time to equip your team with the tools and knowledge necessary to protect your university community while upholding your institutional mission. 


  • Crucial components of student-demonstration policy 
  • How to deal with student media covering protests 
  • Dealing with outside media seeking to cover the event 
  • Training your public-safety officers in taking a balanced approach to the protest 
  • Coordinating your institution's response with public police, fire and EMT services 
  • Ensuring protesting students have necessary medical and legal resources 
  • Ensuring counter-protesters are anticipated and under control 
  • Protecting non-protesting members of the university community and sustaining the institutional mission 
Recommended Audience
Who Should Attend?
  • Academic administrators
  • Marketing and communication professionals
  • Student-life professionals
  • Student-media advisors
  • Professors and faculty
  • University/College Administrators
  • Provosts, Assistant & Associate provosts
  • Deads, Assistant & Associate Deans
  • Department Chairs
  • Faculty
  • Legal counsel
  • Faculty Union Representatives
  • Public safety/ university police
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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