Office of Legal Affairs
Georgia Southern University


Professional Development

Professional development courses empower students, faculty, and staff with knowledge of legal terminology and its interpretations to improve customer service provided to clients, vendors, and colleagues. Courses also create awareness of legal services and litigation support available through the Georgia Southern Office of Legal Affairs. Spend 7 weeks training in the Legal Affairs Boot Camp offered twice a year or register for customized legal presentations prepared for your department or group by completing the Legal Affairs Speaker and Event Request Form.

Course Offerings:

Campus Safety. Training will cover issues of general safety such as ADA Considerations, Assessing Threats, and Campus Bans. Bring your questions regarding general campus safety or any previous session within the series.

Civil Rights Law. Training will cover the protected rights of the campus community.

Data & Intellectual Property. Training will cover issues and best practices related to Data and Intellectual Property. Topics include: Copyright Issues; Employee Privacy; and Social Media.

Employee Legal Issues. Training will cover legal topics specific to the employee. Topics include: Liability Issues; FMLA; and Immigration.

FERPA. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is federal legislation in the United States that protects the privacy of students’ personally identifiable information applicable to all educational institutions that receive federal funds.  This training equips faculty and staff on how to handle student data confidentiality within legal compliance.

First Amendment. The five basic freedoms of the First Amendment: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Assemble Peaceably, & Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances are reviewed for relevance to the campus community.

Foundations of Higher Education Law. Training will cover basic legal rules and hot topics practiced within Higher Education.

Free Expression. Training will cover issues and analysis under Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and Freedom of Religion.

Robert Rules of Order. A Guide for conducting meetings and making decisions as a group.  Robert Rules of Order protect the rights of committee members, promotes full and free discussion, and protects against instability, inefficiency, and ineffectiveness.

Student Legal Issues. Training will cover legal topics specific to the student. Topics include: Academic Issues, Housing, and Student Discipline

Transgender Issues. Coaching session designed to reduce prejudice and discrimination.  Purposed to expose and decompose issues that arise among individuals who identify as transgender. 

Last updated: 9/18/2019

Office of Legal Affairs • PO Box 8020 Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-7481