Considerations for Risk Management Compliance within Student Affairs

Topics: Student Affairs, Risk Management, Administration and Finance

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Research Questions

  • What are the main areas of concern for compliance administrators in student affairs?
  • How do student affairs administrators collaborate with other campus offices that have oversight of risk management (e.g., the general counsel, campus police, or the vice president of administration and finance)?
  • What training sessions are offered to faculty, staff, students, or administrators to promote compliance?
  • Are training sessions mandatory?
  • What are the advantages or disadvantages of the current risk management procedures at contact institutions?
  • How have these procedures been used to manage compliance violations?


Student affairs leaders must manage a wide variety of legal compliance matters (e.g., Clery Act regulations or FERPA regulations); additionally, administrators are acutely conscious of highly publicized breaches of compliance. This brief explores the structures of compliance and risk management and primary compliance concerns of student affairs administrators at mid-sized, public institutions. Furthermore, training for student affairs staff around risk management is considered, in addition to the university offices and community organizations with which student affairs typically partners in managing student risk. The brief also evaluates risk management methods at profiled institutions based on institutions’ responses to past threats.


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