Year 1, Seminar 2

Key Challenges: Integrity, Privacy, Harassment 


Seminar description:

This seminar provides students experiential knowledge regarding FERPA and student privacy, sexual harassment and academic integrity, as well as case study exercises and discussions to help them understand the challenges in dealing with these issues in teaching and learning contexts.



8:30 – 9:00 am   Registration, Sign in, Breakfast

  • Poster Session on the subject of Privacy, Sexual Harassment and Academic Integrity: What questions do you have on privacy, sexual harassment, and/or academic integrity?


9:00 – 9:20 am   Overview of Session 2

  • Frame topics from poster to teaching and learning contexts


9:20 – 10:20 am   Academic Integrity: Principles, Practices and Discussion

Jessica Waters, Associate Dean in the School of Public Affairs and faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law, conducts research focusing primarily on reproductive rights law. Her recent work has explored questions related to the legal impact of women’s medical decisions during pregnancy and childbirth, employment-based conscience protections for reproductive health care providers, and the reproductive rights of employees working for religiously affiliated employers. Her work has been published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, and the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

10:20 – 10:30 am        Coffee Break


10:30 – 11:30 am   Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

Mary Clark, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost of American University, teaches in the area of Higher Education Law, Women’s Legal History, Legal Ethics, Judicial Politics, and Property and publishes in the fields of Women’s Legal History and Judicial Politics. Professor Clark has served as Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs, Director of the law school’s SJD Program, and Acting Director of its Law and Government Program. Before joining the WCL faculty, Clark was a visiting lecturer and research scholar at Yale Law School, a Supreme Court fellow with the Federal Judicial Center, a teaching fellow and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and an appellate attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama, following graduation from law school.


11:30 – 12:30 pm   Student Privacy in US Higher Education: FERPA and Practical Dilemmas for Instructors

Rosie McSweeney, Director of Student Contact and Conflict Resolution holds two masters degrees from Arizona State University, one in Mass Communications and the other in Social Work. She has worked with students on many issues such as housing, academic advising, service learning, and student conduct.


12:30 – 1:00 pm   Closing

  • Announcements
  • Revisit topics and themes (integrity and diversity)


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